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Heart Yin Deficiency with Empty Heat is a further step down an incline that began with
Heart Blood deficiency and
Heart Yin deficiency, both of which you may wish to read about first.
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But with the additional
factor of Empty Heat you’ll almost certainly attract comment, because mental and emotional factors change your behaviour.
Of course, you may think that it’s not you being difficult – just everyone else! - but if you look at your physical symptoms you’ll realise that a gradual change is taking place over which you have little control.
For women this often occurs at an important time in their lives and their careers, when they may have reached or are pushing up towards positions of seniority and responsibility. Suddenly, it seems, their bodies let them down, with poor sleep, unaccountable anxiety, or anxiety which is all too accountable in terms of their jobs, with palpitations and, often, the onset of menopause. It’s a cruel twist that nature plays.
However, Chinese medicine does recognize it as a syndrome that it can treat. Although its explanation doesn’t make much sense to orthodox medicine, it will make sense to you when you understand it.
Understanding it is the first step towards treating it, and Chinese medicine has had several thousand years of doing that! So please read on with hope.
Causes of Heart Yin deficiency include
1. Years of emotional problems. Often these include fear and anxiety (either at home or at work)
2. Overwork: not just overwork, but constant activity – always working, always playing, always on the go. The overwork is more likely to be mental but it can be physical.
3. The menopause
4. In old people their bodies become less efficient and their Yin resources decrease making them look dried out.
5. Severe over-heating, perhaps from a fever or a dry, hot climate from which there is no respite.
Now add one or more of the following:
6. Craving for someone, or for success, or for something special
8. Obsessive love
11. More fear and anxiety
12. More over-activity
Then you have the ingredients for Heart Yin deficiency with Empty Heat. Many of the symptoms are shared with Heart Yin deficiency, but worse.
Taking an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory as your doctor may suggest on
the strength of the rapid pulse, your feeling of heat, your dry, inflamed throat, your sweats etc, may quell the inflammation but
definitely won’t solve the problem.
This Heart Yin Deficiency with Empty Heat syndrome can also be one of the bases for suspecting hyper-thyroidism. Eventually, if your thyroid gives up, you can become hypo-thyroid, when you’ll get symptoms even more confusing, veering between energy and depression.
Even using acupuncture to calm or disperse excess Yang won’t work: indeed it would probably make you feel even less energetic.
The correct treatment, tried and tested over several thousand years, is to strengthen your Yin energy. However, your acupuncturist may need to use points to calm the Mind, steady the Heart, and deal with emotional imbalances.
Acupuncture Points for Heart Yin Deficiency with Empty Heat might include the following, though we don't suggest you try to treat yourself as you may not be objective, Instead, see a qualified acupuncturist! :
Frequency of treatments: to start with, a little treatment (and not using all the points mentioned above at the same treatment) – done frequently will produce faster results.
As you improve, more
powerful acupuncture can be used, with more points, but always depending
on how you appear from your acupuncturist's point of view before treatment. For your acupuncturist, it is best to alternate
points and not to re-use the same acupuncture point at each treatment.
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