What is Yang Qi Deficiency in Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Qi Deficiency symptoms almost always include feeling tired. Qi Deficiency can affect your Spleen (digestion, hormones, and immune function) or your Lungs (breathing, sinuses, skin).
More severe Qi Deficiency symptoms are uncontrolled bleeding (hemorrhaging) or prolapsed organs. Qi Deficiency will make your metabolism more sluggish too.
The potential causes of Qi Deficiency are poor absorption of nutrition from eating too much sugary foods (carbs) or cold-natured foods; overworking; poor recovery from illness or childbirth. Worrying too much or “overthinking” is a frequent cause of Spleen Qi Deficiency.
To strengthen your Qi, eat small meals of warm foods. Try relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or mindfulness to ease up on the worrying. Herbs that can help include Licorice, Ginger, Black Pepper, Astragalus, and Ginseng.
Yang deficiency is similar to Qi deficiency, but more severe.
You’ll typically feel cold (especially the hands and feet) and tired. Yang deficiency is almost always accompanied by some lower back and knee pain.
The underlying causes of Yang deficiency could be: not getting enough rest; having too many kids (especially for women); too much sex (more in the case of men); eating too much cold food; or overworking.
To heal, you need to stay warm, rest, and take herbs like Ginger, Black Pepper, Astragalus, and Ginseng.
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