• Yin Deficiency is usually caused by not getting enough deep rest, but may come about as the result of certain nutritional imbalances as well. Yin is related to the water element in Chinese medicine, so if the yin is weak then nourish the water.

    Symptoms for yin deficiency include night sweating, feeling hot at night, tidal fever, palm heat, and palpitations. If you have ever stayed up 24 hours straight then you have definitely experienced yin deficiency before. In Chinese medicine there is a saying that "yin is the basis of blood, and blood is the physical manifestation of yin". Therefore yin deficiency and blood deficiency may overlap with regards to certain symptoms such as night sweating and hot flashes.

    Advanced blood deficiency combined with empty heat can result in a very severe type of deficiency symptom known as steaming bone disorder. This kind of patient feels hot at night, may feel "burned out" overall, and has a heat sensation coming from the bones themselves.

    Foods that nourish the yin will also nourish the blood, and vice versa. To nourish the blood and yin choose foods that are cooling, moisturizing, and high in magnesium such as juicy fruits and dark leafy greens.


        Foods to Avoid:

    Foods to Avoid mainly include foods that are spicy and pungent. Spicy foods heat the body and cause sweating, which results in mineral excretion and dryness. Pungent moves also have a blood moving quality, and anything that moves the blood eventually exausts the blood.

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        Foods to Resolve Yin Deficiency:

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

         Abalone
         Alfalfa Sprout
         Apple
         Apricot
         Arnica Flower
         Artichoke, globe
         Asparagus
         Avocado
         Bai He
         Bai Shao
         Bai Zi Ren
         Banana
         Barley
         Beef
         Bie Jia
         Black Bean
         Black Cohosh
         Black fungus (Wood ear)
         Borage
         Butter
         Calcium
         Carambola
         Cheese
         Chicken Liver
         Chickweed
         Chrysanthemum
         Chrysanthemum Tea
         Clam (freshwater)
         Clam (saltwater)
         Coconut Milk
         Comfrey Leaf
         Crab
         Cuttlefish
         Duck
         E Jiao
         Eel
         Egg yolk
         Egg, chicken
         Egg, Duck
         Egg, Pigeon
         Flax (linseed)
         Geranium Oil
         Ghee
         Ginseng (American)
         Goose
         Gou Qi Zi
         Green Peas
         Gui Ban
         Han Lian Cao
         Hei Zhi Ma
         Hemp (Cannabis Seed)
         Hemp Seed
         Honey
         Hops
         Huang Jing
         Huo Ma Ren
         Iron
         Jasmine Oil
         Kamut
         Kelp (Kombu)
         Kidney Bean
         Lima Bean
         Mai Men Dong
         Mango
         Marjoram
         Marshmallow Root
         Milk, cow
         Milk, cow (raw)
         Milk, goat/sheep
         Millet
         Mulberry
         Mullein
         Mullet
         Mung Bean
         Mungbean Sprout
         Nettle
         Nori
         Nu Zhen Zi
         Octopus
         Orange
         Oyster
         Peach
         Pear
         Persimmon
         Pigeon
         Pine Kernel
         Pineapple
         Plum
         Pomegranate
         Pork
         Pork Kidney
         Potato
         Rabbit
         Raspberry
         Red Clover
         Rose Oil
         Royal Jelly
         Sang Shen
         Sardine
         Scallop
         Seaweed
         Sesame Oil
         Sesame, black
         Sesame, white
         Sha Shen
         Sha Yuan Zi
         Shan Yao
         Sheng di Huang
         Shi Hu
         Shu Di Huang
         Slippery Elm
         Solomon Seal
         Soya Milk
         Soybean, black
         spelt
         Spinach
         Spirulina
         Squash, summer
         Strawberry
         String beans
         Suan Zao Ren
         Suo Yang
         Sweet Potato
         Tai Zi Shen
         Tian Men Dong
         Tofu
         Tomato
         Tu Si Zi
         Wakame
         Wheat
         Whitebait fish
         Xi Yang Shen
         Xuan Shen
         Yam
         Ye Jiao Teng
         Yogurt
         Yu Zhu
         Zhi Mu
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