Yin Deficiency Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A person who is Yin Deficiency (阴虚体质) tends to like cold drinks and often feeling his/her palm and feet is very warm. Yin Deficiency also find themselves adapting better to cold environment than to warm environment.

You may find yourself hot-tempered and getting impatient at things. Some people also have difficulties falling asleep at night because of heatyness in the body (heart, 阴虚心火旺). For such body type, you should consume more food with cooling properties.

The following are the food / herbs that a Yin Deficiency type person can consume more to regain Yin energy in the body to achieve balanced state:

  1. Tomato
  2. Lotus root
  3. Cucumber
  4. Winter melon
  5. Black sesame
  6. Green bean
  7. Tofu
  8. Banana
  9. Pear

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Mutton
  2. Walnut
  3. Chinese chives (韭菜)
  4. Ginger
  5. Garlic
  6. Lychee
  7. Longan (龙眼)

Additional Tips for Yin Deficiency Type Person

If possible, do incorporate noon nap into your routine especially between 11am to 1pm. In TCM, we believe that these two hours is where yin is at its strongest in our body so if you take time to take a nap (around 15 min, but not more than 45 min) between these timings, it will help your body to restore your yin. Sleeping late is a destructive way to decrease yin energy in our body, hence, do your best to sleep as early as possible (between 9 to 11pm).

Having exposed to mid noon sun will also make your body loses yin energy. Thus, carry an umbrella around if you see that the sun is strong and you need to go outdoor.

Avoid eating spicy stuff as it will further hurt your Yin energy in your body.

Yang Deficiency Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A person who is Yang deficiency (阳虚体质) is unable to withstand cooler temperature. He / she often has cold palm and feet. Someone who is Qi deficiency for too long will most likely lead to Yang deficiency.

The following are the food / herbs that a Yang Deficiency type person can consume more to strengthen the Yang energy in you:

  1. Mutton
  2. Prawn
  3. Walnut
  4. Chestnut (栗子)
  5. Ginger
  6. Chinese chives (韭菜)

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Radish
  2. Watermelon
  3. Bitter gourd
  4. Cold drinks

Additional Tips for Yang Deficiency Type Person

Similar to Qi deficiency type person, Yang deficiency person should keep himself / herself warm whenever as possible. He/she should avoid doing strenuous exercises as excessive Qi will exhaust through sweating. Recommended exercises are Taichi, slow jogging, brisk walking and Qigong.

In TCM, we believe 动则生阳, it means you need to have more body activities rather than sitting or standing. So find more opportunities to be outdoor and get involved in activities that require your body to work.

Yo must also avoid drinking or eating cold stuff because this will hurt your Yang energy in your body.

Qi Deficiency Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A person who is Qi Deficiency (气虚体质) tends to fall sick easier as compared to his/her peers. You will also find your voice softer and sometimes (or oftentimes), you need to raise your voice so that people can hear you properly. You also has poorer adaptability to warmer and cooler weather.

In TCM, qi is what protects our body from virus. Thus if you are deficient in qi, you will find yourself fall sick easily when the surrounding temperature is low or when you are constantly blown by air-con directly.

The following are the main food / herbs that a Qi Deficiency type person can consume to help you build and strengthen qi:

  1. Chinese yam (山药)
  2. Glutinous rice
  3. Rice (from China, known as 大米, not from Thailand)
  4. Lotus seeds
  5. Dates
  6. Walnut
  7. Sweet potato
  8. Ginger
  9. Honey
  10. Chicken meat

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Radish
  2. Watermelon
  3. Bitter gourd
  4. Cold drinks

Additional Tips for Qi Deficiency Type Person

Do take note when you are in air conditioned place, it is better to wear an additional outer wear such as Jacket or sweater to conserve your Qi. When external temperature is cool, your body will use your Qi to keep you warm, hence, keeping yourself warm with extra clothing will help to conserve the Qi to be used for your immune system instead.

The most effective way to regain Qi is to exercise regularly.  You can explore going for slow jogging, or brisk walk for a start. Ideal duration is about 30 mins.

Things To Know Before You Take Tonic Herbs Or Supplement This Season

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Traditionally, end of year (Dec) and beginning of year (Jan / early Feb) is one the best times to take tonic herbs and supplements because of the cooler weather we are having. If you are planning to take any herbal supplements or herbs such as cordyceps (冬虫夏草), ginseng (参类) or other tonic products, do take note of the following points so that the products you consume will give you the most nourishing benefits.

Avoid taking tonic if you have cold/flu symptoms.

I believe this is the most obvious thing that many people know. But you may not know what are the symptoms to look our for. As long as you are afraid of cold / wind, you should not take tonic until your body recovers. You should also avoid taking tonic if you have fever, sore throat or body ache due to cold/flu.

The reason why a person should not take tonic when he/she has these symptoms is because when a person develops such symptom, it means that person has 邪气 (bad qi) inside the body. If you take tonic now, then it will become the situation “闭门留寇”. It means you are shutting the exits in your body with the bad qi inside. If one has bad qi, the right approach is to either get rid of the bad qi or strengthen your good qi (depends on your body constitute) to overcome the bad qi. Only after you fully recovers, then you are more suitable to take the tonic.

Do not take tonic together with radish!

You may have heard this from the elderly that don’t eat ginseng with radish as it will destroy the nourish effects. It is true because tonic products such as ginseng mainly helps to 补气 (supplement good qi) but radish has a property of 破气 (break qi). Hence, if you take tonic products with radish, there won’t be any beneficial effects due the the clashing of the properties.

On a side note, some people say do not take radish with ANY TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) but this is not true. You can consume radish with other TCM herbs as long as the herbs do not have any 补 (tonic) property. For example, you can still drink chrysanthemum and most cooling tea because these herbs only have cooling effects (清热) rather than tonic (补气 ) effect.

You can supplement tonic with 理气药 (herbs that harmonize qi) for greater effects.

mandarin orange peel

In TCM, your body will absorb the most of the tonic when you have a good spleen (脾) and digestion. If your spleen is weak, most of the tonic won’t be absorbed. On top of that, it is easier for the qi to stagnate in your body if your spleen is weak. Hence, to minimize this from happening, you can take some mandarin orange peel (陈皮) after taking tonic. These orange peel can be easily purchased at any local TCM store such as Hock Hua tonic stores (Singapore ).

The main property of mandarin orange peel is 理气 (harmonize qi), and this will make any stagnate qi in your body to flow and thus, making the tonic effect work for your body.

These are some of the things I learn in my Chinese Dietitian course over the past 1.5 years. I will be sharing more tips in future in my blog. Do let me know if there’s something you want to ask or find out and I’ll help to clarify them (with the help of my teachers if need be)!

Have a great 2018!