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It mainly occurs after long exposure to very dry, hot conditions.
But even temperate climates are beginning to suffer more from drought and heat so this syndrome is now more common even there.
If the world warms up, then we'll face more problems - and need solutions - as described in the book 'Heart of Dryness' by James G Workman.
I knew a 65-year old who was trapped in a train.
This syndrome affects firstly the Lungs and skin, later the Stomach and Intestines.
As the symptoms become more severe, it reaches a deeper level:
You might think that drinking lots of water would 'cure' this.
While this is sometimes possible, this syndrome may continue even after the body has been replenished with moisture, because it is not just the lack of moisture but the body's ability to spread the moisture properly that is damaged.
In Chinese medicine, the Lungs have an important role in spreading moisture and when damaged by this syndrome, even in the presence of moisture, may be unable to do their job, until appropriate treatment is received.
When the Lung energy is damaged, you get tired and often low in spirits.
When Lung Yin is damaged - as it can be after prolonged exposure to dry conditions - you develop a cough and more sensitivity to many air-born substances including pollen and fragrances.
This is because the body - specifically your Lungs cannot moisturise the tissues properly.
Their job, amongst other things, is to maintain the health of your skin, and for this they need
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Who is in danger from this?
In extreme conditions, we are all susceptible. But the most common group, apart from the sick and undernourished, are those whose bodies are ageing and less able to repair themselves.
So, during very hot weather, especially hot, dry weather, give consideration to the health of the elderly.
In particular, if someone elderly starts coughing after a very hot spell of weather, or gets giddy or starts falling over more, take special care of them until they can receive professional help.
Encourage them to drink plenty of water! Remember that as they age, bodies get less efficient at reminding their owners of thirst.
In addition, many elderly people dislike having to urinate often, so drink less than they should.
Their bodies can quickly display signs of Lung Yin deficiency, if not of the whole range of Yin deficiency syndrome signs.
Chinese medicine says don't do it. Over 2500 years of observations shows that a cooling fan or a cool breeze easily introduce Wind, another external pathogenic factor.
Then the patient may get Wind-Heat, which can lead to sudden and dangerous symptoms.
If someone is badly dehydrated, from prolonged thirst or dryness, be very careful!
Don't give them a big bottle to drink! And don't let them get cold or too hot: make sure they are covered enough to prevent these.
Just moisten their lips with water until they can move them, then give them a small amount of water in their mouths, so that the tissues gradually become more moisturised and flexible.
This may take some time, so be patient. As soon as they can drink a little, introduce fluids that are, ideally, electrolytically balanced. (The old way to do this, still useful in an emergency, is a mixture of sugar and salt in water - but you don't need much of either: just a pinch.)
As soon as you can, get professional help. Serious dehydration can lead to death.
It may be within YOUR power to prevent this!
Alternatively, ring him on 07950 012501 or freephone (only free to telephone within the UK) 0800 298 7015.
'Yin Deficiency' has been improved for Kindle and the re-formulated version is now available on Amazon. I hope it will be easier to access and read than my previous (2014) attempt. NB: although there are some additional passages and a number of improvements, this is not a new edition.
(The equivalent softback print edition should be available within 48 hours of 24 Sept 2017.)
('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)
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Here are some of the books Jonathan has written. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can borrow the first four for 'free'.
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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