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shen-k'uei


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A culture-bound syndrome found mainly among men in Thailand and in ethnic Chinese communities in southern and eastern Asia, characterized by anxiety and panic attacks accompanied by somatic symptoms such as insomnia, sexual dysfunctions, dizziness, backache, and fatigue (1), the symptoms often being attributed to loss of semen brought about by excessive sexual intercourse, masturbation, nocturnal emissions (wet dreams), and the passing of whitish urine believed to contain semen. Spelt shenkui in Chinese-speaking communities. Compare dhat. [From Thai or Chinese shen spirit + k'uei or kui deficit or wastage]


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