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JOURNAL OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE ›› 2021, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (2): 108-113.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2021.02.003

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Relationship between the essence of male reproduction and conception based on “kidney governing reproduction”*

Shi Zhongyu, Chen Xiaoying, He Changhao, Zhang Xiaomeng, Wang An, Wang Lei, Hu Sumin#   

  1. School of Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2020-08-25 Online:2021-02-28 Published:2021-02-21
  • Contact: Prof. Hu Sumin, Ph. D., Doctoral Supervisor. Beijing University of Chinese Medicine,No. 11, Beisanhuan Donglu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029. E-mail: husm@bucm.edu.cn
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(No.11675027)

Abstract: After thoroughly studying the TCM literature related to the theory of “kidney governing reproduction”, in this paper, the difference between male reproductive essence and kidney essence are analyzed; and based on that, the relationship between male reproductive essence and conception are discussed. The basis of “kidney governing reproduction” is the theory of “kidney storing essence” in visceral manifestation theory, which mainly refers to the kidney’s nature of housing both the innate and acquired essence and essence of zang-fu organs. While the theory of “kidney governing reproduction” is mainly reflected in two aspects. One is the close relationship between the kidney and male reproductive organs; the other is that the kidney can regulate reproductive function of the body by adjusting the essence and qi in the kidney. The differences between the male reproductive essence and kidney essence lie in both their functions and location of storage. Kidney essence, which is stored in the kidney, works to not only nourish and maintain the physiological function of the kidney, but also serves as the material basis for the transformation and generation of male reproductive essence. On the other hand, the male reproductive essence, which of reproductive function and stored in the essence chamber, is to be excreted from the body to join with the female reproductive essence for conception. In a word, the conception and forming of fetus is based on the combination of the male reproductive essence and the female reproductive essence. Therefore, the health of male reproductive essence is a necessary factor for the formation of a fetus, and its abnormality will lead to the deficiency of fetal endowment.

Key words: reproductive essence, kidney essence, conception

CLC Number: 

  • R226