Geriatrics in Chinese Medicine

The thinking about geriatrics in Chinese medicine has been dominated by Kidney deficiency for centuries. As Kidney-Jing declines as we age, the clinical approach to the treatment of the elderly has been based largely on tonifying the Kidneys. 

However, modern diseases of the elderly that account for 90% of mortality (cancer, heart disease and stroke) are characterized by Fullness. Quite simply, we do not die of Kidney deficiency but of Phlegm, Blood stasis and Internal Wind. 

 By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (The Fountain of Youth) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (The Fountain of Youth) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons