• The Yang is represented by the fire element: Yang is the fire of the body. Without fire the processes of life would not exist - which is why when your yang is exhausted you are dead. As the yang diminishes with age, life slows down and eventually stops.

    A yang deficiency would generally show up as feeling of cold or sluggishness. Yang deficiency shows up as all-day fatigue and tired sensation, dull disposition, listlessness. A person who is not emotionally engaged with life may be suffering from yang deficiency. Physicial symptoms of yang deficiency can also include poor libido and low back or knee pain.

    To build the yang choose foods that tonify yang. In general yang tonic foods are warm or hot - but its important not to over-do it. Certain foods and herbs have near legendary ability to tonify the yang. Yang tonics are also considered to aid vitality and longevity - to extend life. Exercise also increases fire and yang energy.


        Foods to Avoid:

    Foods to Avoid mainly include the same foods that cause dampness such as: Raw foods, cold foods, sweet foods, rich foods, over-consumption of fluids. Some foods that are particularly dampening include: Dairy products, pork, rich meat, roasted penuts, saturated fats, concentrated orange juice and tomato juice, beer, yeast, bread, wheat, bananas, sugar, and sweeteners.

    Licensed acupuncturist and Master of Oriental medicine Justin Hays offers telephone TCM diet consultations: contact us to schedule your telephone consultation today!


        Foods to Resolve Yang Deficiency:

    On the other hand, the following foods and herbs may help to resolve Yang Deficiency:

         Aconite
         Anchovy
         Aniseed
         Arnica Flower
         Ba Ji Tian
         Basil
         Basil Oil
         Beef Kidney
         Bu Gu Zhi
         Cayenne
         Cereus
         Chestnut
         Chilli
         Chive leaf
         Chive seed
         Ci Wu Jia
         Cinnamon bark
         Clove
         Crawfish (Crayfish)
         Damiana
         Dill seed
         Ding Xiang
         Dong Chong Xia Cao
         Du Zhong
         Fennel seed
         Fenugreek seed
         Fu Zi
         Gan Jiang
         Garlic
         Ge Jie
         Ginger (dry)
         Ginger Oil
         Ginseng (Korean)
         Goat
         Gu Sui Bu
         Gui Zhi
         Hai Ma
         Horny Goat Weed
         Horseradish
         Jasmine Flower
         Jasmine Tea
         Jiu Zi
         Lamb
         Lamb Kidney
         Liu Huang
         Loach
         Lobster
         Lu Rong
         Mussel
         Mutton
         Nutmeg
         Pine Needle
         Pistachio
         Quinoa
         Rosemary
         Rou Cong Rong
         Rou Gui
         Sang Piao Xiao
         Savory
         Saw Palmetto
         Scallion
         Sha Yuan Zi
         Shan Zhu Yu
         She Chuang Zi
         Sheng Ma
         Shrimp and Prawn
         Star Anise Tea
         Suo Yang
         Trout
         Tu Si Zi
         Venison
         Vitamin D
         Vitamin E
         Walnut
         Winter Savory
         Wu Wei Zi
         Wu Yao
         Wu Zhu Yu
         Xian Mao
         Xiao Hui Xiang
         Xie Bai
         Yang Qi Shi
         Yi Zhi Ren
         Yin Yang Huo
         Zi He Che
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