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Tonify Yin – Food Remedy
A tonify Yin food remedy is prescribed if the body has a diminished Yin reserve. (This status can be clarified by a registered Chinese medicine practitioner). The theory of Yin Yang is fundamental to Chinese medicine. Indeed, for optimum health balance between Yin and Yang forces must be maintained.
Yin energy is cooling, moistening, contracting, subdued, heavy and therefore anchoring. Unlike Yang energy which is heating, during, expansive and rising. Night sweats, feelings of heat, dizziness, restlessness, dryness, agitation, hyperactivity and thirst are for instance, examples of Yin deficiency with heat rising and irritating the body.
This tonify Yin food remedy may be appropriate in some instances of menopause or insomnia. Chinese medicine diet therapy is absolutely an individualised medicine. This food remedy may, therefore not be appropriate in all tonify Yin cases. Many of the foods in this list are cool and cold. Too many Yin foods may in addition contribute to dampness developing in the body. Additionally, too many cool foods can damage the Spleen energy.
Tonify Yin natured foods
These foods support the Yin energy of the body. They provide moisture and hydration and therefore clear heat from the body. The foods in bold are particularly helpful. Observe how your body feels eating these foods because some may be too cold.
Wheat germ, wheat, millet, barley, rice
Soybean, kidney beans, tofu, black beans, mung beans.
Black sesame (Mayvers black tahini is great source)
- Animal products
Oyster, Salmon, Duck, Beef, Pork, Abalone, Milk, Yoghurt, Cheese, Egg, Clam, Gelatin, Collagen.
Alfalfa, Asparagus, Bamboo Shoots, Beetroot, Bitter melon, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Iceberg lettuce, Radicchio lettuce, Rocket lettuce, Pumpkin, String beans, Seaweeds, Spirulina, Sprouts, tomato, water chestnut, .
Avocado, Cantaloupe, Banana, Watermelon, Persimmon, Grapes, Blackberry, Kiwi, Raspberry, Mulberry, Mango, Peach, Pineapple, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Pear, Plum, Strawberry.
Mint (Bo He), Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua), Honeysuckle (Jin Yin Hua)