Heart Yang Deficiency occurs usually after other syndromes have taken effect.
and you start noticing the symptoms below of Heart Yang Deficiency.
You probably wouldn’t notice them all immediately!
But as you continue to eat the wrong foods, do heavy lifting and lose self-assurance as you ruminate on your loss, you’ll notice your heart beginning to misbehave, your chest to feel a bit uncomfortable at times, and breathlessness on stairs. Also, your hands will be cold and it may take ages to warm them up. (Of course, your feet might also become chillier, but with Heart Yang deficiency, it’s your hands that usually get cold first.)
Also, you might not have all three pre-conditions, but as a general rule, in diagnosing Heart Yang defiiency, there will be signs of coldness, signs of Kidney yang deficiency and either continuing worry or emotional issues to deal with.
Because Qi conditions are a subset of Yang condtions, Heart Qi deficiency often leads on to Heart Yang deficiency.
With both of these syndromes you get
These are signs of deficient qi. Even perspiration is an example of deficient qi. (There’s a well-known saying in Chinese medicine: ‘when qi is weak, fluids leak’! So your nose may run, too.). Facial pallor occurs because your qi lacks the eneryg to push blood up there.
Palpitations are your Heart’s main way of showing its qi deficiency.
So you share the above symptoms with Heart Yang deficiency, but for the latter, a big additional factor is Cold.
Cold (yin) is the enemy of yang; too much cold exhausts yang.
However, there is another important factor for Heart Yang deficiency – your Spirit, your Shen-Mind is the clearest expression of your yang energy.
If your Spirit gets a shock, (could be bad news, the loss of someone important, a big worrying factor in life, loss of intimate friendship, all sorts of examples) it hits your yang.
With Heart Yang being weakened, it lacks the warmth to transport warm blood to your hands and feet – though coldness usually starts in your hands. (Mind you, if Stomach Cold and Deficient was part of the prodrome, you’ll definitely have cold legs too.)
The chest feeling occurs because your Heart Yang can’t move qi around fast enough, so qi backs up there, causing qi stagnation. The typical feeling of qi stagnation is stuffiness.
With yang being weak, you get signs of coldness: in your blue lips because yang can’t move blood along fast enough you get signs of Blood Stasis there.
Also, normally yang dries moisture, but without Heart yang your tongue stays moist.
Here’s an interesting symptom! With Blood deficiency you get a dull-pale facial colour, but with Heart Yang deficiency it is a much brighter pale or gleamy white colour. (Why? Well, sorry – I forgot to ask or, more likely, I’ve forgotten what I was told, probably several times. Perhaps someone can remind me?)
So if you are eating a lot of cold food, this will weaken the yang of your Stomach and Spleen, leading to what I’ll call ‘cold’ blood. To overcome this coldness will require even more yang from your Heart. If heavy exertion has drained your Kidney yang energy, there’s not enough yang left for your Heart. Having low spirits takes even more out of it.
So, if you start getting these symptoms of Heart Yang deficiency (palpitations, cold hands and chest stuffiness etc)
Before you rush out to buy what I suggest, please read my disclaimer! The following is based on hypothesis, not on proven data, so please bear that in mind. Again … Disclaimer!
If we assume that with Heart Yang Deficiency you
… what supplements might be appropriate?
I suggest – again Disclaimer …!
Quantities to take? Please take advice.
As you read up on these you may notice that D3 and K2 help bone health, which relates to your Kidney energy. There is a hugely important relationship in Chinese medicine between your Heart and your Kidney energies. Something that helps one will help the other.
Of course, in making these suggestions I assume your diet is otherwise sufficiently nutritious, otherwise this site would become a site recommending vitamins and minerals etc.
As Heart Yang draws heavily on Kidney Yang, you may get symptoms of Kidney Yang deficiency. The symptoms of this range from backache to tinnitus, involuntary urination to aching joints, falling hair to forgetfulness. Many are signs of ageing. Look it up!
Because yang deficiency includes Qi deficiency, with your heart being the prime mover of blood, Heart Yang deficiency when prolonged or severe can lead to Heart Blood stasis. Your heart stops being able to keep your blood moving.
The main worry here is for your chest and heart organ.
Hence Heart Blood stasis can lead to major serious circulatory hazards like stroke and myocardial infarction – heart attack.
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