(Book also available, see below)
As life speeds up, Yin Deficiency increases and we don't notice.
We think we're digging for profit, but actually we're digging ourselves
deeper into a problem: the hole gets bigger and deeper!
But holes are
empty and even if we eventually find the treasure, we may be so deep we can't enjoy it.
For balance, you need enough yin and enough yang. Click here for more about the concept of Yin and Yang.
Sorry to be boring, but keeping healthy is a
balancing act between excess and deficiency. In the West, and
increasingly in the East, we're focused on acquiring riches. Obviously
we need money, and too little of it is misery. But as your
reserves of money increase, at what point will you feel comfortable that
you have enough?
If you're like most people, never: you will never
feel sure you have enough. So you keep digging, or worrying that you're
not digging enough, or not finding enough treasure, or not being paid
enough to dig for someone else's treasure.
Overwork is one of the main causes of this syndrome.
- For more about overwork and other CAUSES click here.
- Overwork causes stress.
- Prolonged Stress, over time, causes Yin deficiency.
- Stress is such a big subject that I've written a book about it - 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress'. You can buy it now in a pocket edition, black and white, 9 x 6in size for viewing on small screens, tablets etc as a downloadable pdf file. The price compares favourably with that of the original 1st edition which was A4 size but had colour - that's still available if you prefer that format.
Basic Yin Deficiency Symptoms
- If you are Yin deficient, or suffering from Empty Yin (which means the same as Yin Deficiency), you'll have some of the following symptoms:
- Dryness in your throat and/or mouth, often at night
- Dryness in your skin
- Dry eyes
- Perspiration at night, in your sleep, when there's no obvious reason for it
- Noises in your ears: this is called 'tinnitus'
- Tiredness leading quickly to exhaustion, though when you start doing something, or after a good sleep, you may think you have plenty of energy
- Insomnia (either you can't get to sleep, or more likely you wake in the night for no obvious reason)
- Lack of genital lubricating fluids
- If Empty Yin goes on for too long, either your body will already be thin, or you will start losing weight
- Sudden flushes of heat, as in the menopause: these flashes, flushes, or 'power surges' mean your symptoms are moving onto another stage, that of empty heat
- Yin deficiency is frequently implicated in symptoms of infertility and substandard sperm
- Tongue: no coating on the surface, and possibly red in colour
- Pulse: 'thin' or 'fine', or may be 'floating and empty': these are terms used to describe qualities when the pulse is taken the Chinese way
- By the way ... the Chinese noticed these 3000 years ago!
Yin deficiency in other areas
not all, because with these symptoms will almost certainly come
one at least of the following, in due course:
What Can YOU do about Deficient Yin?
If you've read the causes of Yin Deficiency set out above, you'll
probably already know what you must do. Unless your problem came from
fevers or inherited conditions, you have to learn to live a bit more slowly, to learn how to enjoy life in the slower lane.
not so easy! When your job goes, or your profits evaporate, and you
want to maintain your standard of living, you're forced either to work
harder or take a new job - if you can find one.
Then, until your new job position is confirmed by your employer, you have to strain for good performance results, excellent productivity, sales and
Otherwise you must rely on your savings - if you have any.
But you can do
some things for yourself.
Apart from getting treatment from someone who
understands your situation and can help your body balance itself, you
can almost certainly do some of the following:
- More sleep: get to bed early at least three times a week. By 'early' we mean actually be in bed by 10pm, and put the light out by 10.30pm. Then aim to get up after allowing 8 hours for sleep, even if you don't get 8 hours straight through. Also ... It won't hurt for you to retire to bed for several hours at weekends in the afternoon. You have to recharge your batteries!
- And if you snore, see what can be done about it! Snoring means you are using up energy which should be used to help repair and rejuvenate your body. Click here for a page about snoring.
- Learn how to meditate. (Opens in a new window.) Meditation is a technique (though it can become much more than just a technique!) for calming and steadying your mind.
- Once learned, you can meditate while walking up and down in an airport
departure lounge, or on a railway station, or while waiting to pick up
your children from school.
- Learn a simple form of exercise that
you can do daily. 60 years ago a Royal Canadian Air
Force physiotherapist designed a 10-minute exercise regime that all
its staff could do every day. (Click here for a downloadable pdf of its essentials.) It's got what you need, man
or woman, to keep fit without over-straining yourself. You work through it at your own speed.
- Try to take a 20 minute walk every day, during
which you walk fast enough to get slightly out of breath, so that you
can only just carry on a conversation.
- Avoid foods that may overstimulate your Yang energy. These include stimulants like coffee and those containing caffeine, herbs like Chinese ginseng, and foods that are too heating such as curries and roasted meats.
- Take time over meals. Eat slowly, chewing well before swallowing. Don't read or work while eating.
- Don't eat large meals, or meals with alcohol, or drink alcohol, late in
the evenings before bed. Everyone is different, but you should not rely
on alcohol to help you sleep, because as your body metabolises it, it
will create heat and prevent replenishing, restful sleep.
- Yin Deficiency recipes. These are dishes you can cook and which are broadly balanced to help people with Yin Deficiency. We hope you'll add your own suggestions to the recipes in due course. So far, there are a few fish recipes, but we'll be adding vegetable, beef, more fish and other recipes soon.
- Don't take very
vigorous exercise before going to bed. Leave at least 4 hours between
finishing your exercise and going to bed.
- Cold showers. Yes. You read that right.
- Too much TV can disrupt your sleep patterns.
- Read our pages on (food)
If you are living a life that is exhausting your Yin energies, you'll almost certainly need better nutrition.
- Spend some time thinking about how you can reduce the time you spend rushing around.
- When travelling, schedule time for relaxing body treatments such as rejuvenating exercise, aromatherapy, therapeutic massage, polarity therapy, bowen technique, shiatsu.
- Don't read exciting books before going to sleep.
- Spend more time with friends who know how to take life easily.
- And of course, consider acupuncture. Your acupuncturist may be a fund of good advice as well as being able to re-set your body via acupuncture!
"Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion - What to Do!"
If you enjoyed this page, I hope you'll also enjoy the book that I've just written.
You can get it today, in PDF form online to download and read on your computer by clicking here. (NB For the softback edition, click the image below right.)
The book contains
- an introduction to help you understand Yin and Yang from a different point of view (takes a little while to get your head round it!), and
- more on how to help yourself.
- 'Western' diseases that often have this deficiency
- A chapter with more on the mental symptoms
- Lots more on the physical symptoms
- A section on Nutrition for Yin Deficiency
- More suggestions for exercise
- Recipes for Yin deficiency
- Softback version on the right - click the box
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