NOURISH ROOT YIN – THAT SOUNDS INTRIGUING
ChinaHerb have a number of fabulous products with interesting names. A knowledge of the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine can help to understand why they work.
The premise of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that to be healthy, the body and mind must be in balance. Where there is cold – provide heat; where there is damp – induce dryness and so forth.
The words Yin and Yang encapsulate this perfectly. Yin refers to dark, moist, cold, quiet, night, etc and Yang refers to bright, dry, hot, active, day etc. (Yin and Yang explain a world of other stuff as well).
When we are conceived, we receive a precious substance called Pre-Heaven Essence from our parents. This, basically, forms our constitution. We can’t increase this Essence, but we can enhance it through what we eat and drink as well as our lifestyle. The nourishment which we receive from our food and drink creates Post-Heaven Essence. Together these Essences are stored in an area between the kidneys called the Gate of Life (Ming Men).
Because the kidneys are so closely related to Essence and the Fire of the Gate of Life, they are understood to be the source of Yin and Yang in the body. Kidney-Yin is the root of all the Yin energies in the body as well as being the foundational substance of living. Kidney-Yang is the root of all Yang energies as well as the force for all physiological activity. At puberty, some Pre-Heaven Essence matures into Kidney-Essence which generates menstrual blood and sperm.
As we age, Essence gets used up, and as it starts to decrease, signs of Yin deficiency appear. Yin-deficiency means that the symptoms seem like a hot condition but are not caused by heat, rather by the absence of Yin. Symptoms include night sweating, dry mouth or skin or vagina, and dry and irritated eyes. Many menopausal symptoms are related to Kidney-Yin deficiency.
The herbal formula for Nourish Root Yin is specific to nurture Yin and the kidneys and can be used as a supplement to support the elderly.
Key Symptoms and Signs for Use:
Feeling hot in the chest, palms and soles
Tinnitus, loss of hearing, dizziness
Sore and lassitude of back and legs
Dry mouth and throat, or dry vagina, and dry skin
Dry and irritated eyes
Constipation from dry stools
Chronic disorders of kidney
Chronic optic problems
Growth and pubertal delay
By Margie Candy. https://www.virtualagentmargiecandy.com/
I had eczema on the outer thenar section (the fleshy part between the joint and the wrist) of my thumb for over a year, then it moved to the other side as well. Why on earth have eczema just there?
I visited my friend for a SCIO session and her machine informed me that I had a gluten sensitivity. As soon as I stopped eating so much gluten, the eczema cleared up. I have a sensitivity, not an actual allergy but as soon as I do eat, say, a slice of bread and a biscuit, there is a slight tingling in this region.
The meridians are energy pathways which flow in a continual loop up and down the body but are divided into 12 main sections and named after our abdominal organs.
The energy is most vital at the fingertips and toes which is the first or last point of the meridian and is known as a Well point. The energy gradually gathers in flow and depth through four following points called the Spring point, Stream point, River point and finally Sea point which is situated at the elbows or knees. At the Sea point, the energy is vast and deep and moves into the interior of the body.
On the Yin meridians and according to the Five Elements, the Well points pertain to Wood, the Spring points pertain to Fire, the Stream points pertain to Earth, the River points pertain to Metal and the Sea points pertain to Water. On the Yang meridians the Well points pertain to Metal and so forth.
The Spring points are used to treat Heat conditions and to clear Heat from the meridians. Liv 2 is great to disperse Liver-Yang so helps with headaches and red itchy eyes.
The Lung meridian runs from just below the clavicle, up over it then down the arm ending in the thumb beside the nail. My eczema occurred around Lu 10 which is the 10th point along the meridian and the second last one before the end, i.e. the Spring point.
But why there?The way I understand it is as follows: due to emotional issues, huge sensitivity to cigarette smoke and the Fynbos around where I live, my lungs are my weakest organ. The skin and lungs are closely connected both in western and Chinese medicine. In TCM the skin is under the control of the Lungs which keep it moist and which also disperses our Defensive Qi in the area between skin and muscle,
Gluten creates inflammation in my system, known in Chinese medicine as Damp-Heat. Eczema is also a form of Damp-Heat.
Because the rest of me is pretty healthy, the Damp-Heat manifested in an area of weakness – the Lung meridian on the Fire/Spring point.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered heaps of easy gluten free muffin recipes, so I really can have my cake and eat it.
It’s interesting that, as we age, our ears and noses seem to grow. According to the western medical outlook, our bones stop growing after puberty, but our cartilage doesn’t. Cartilage, of course, is what the tip of the nose and the ears are made of. There is an overall decrease in the production of collagen and elastin which is why we become wrinkly and saggy, and why our ear lobes become thin.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an interesting perspective.
When we are conceived, we inherit “Essence” from our parents which is what creates our constitution. This rarefied and precious substance is stored in an area located between the kidneys in a place called the “Gate of Vitality” or “Ming Men”.
This original essence cannot be increased but it can join with the energy which we receive from the food we eat and by living a healthy lifestyle.
General living, stress and ageing depletes our Essence and once it is finished, we die.
According to TCM, the kidneys are related to the ears, there are two of them and they have the same basic shape.
Again, as we age and slowly lose our Essence, we develop ear problems like hearing loss and tinnitus. The fact that our ears no longer have the same full shape as in our youth is another example of depleting Essence. I’m so aware of how difficult it now is to get my earrings through the holes in my ears. Of course, wearing earrings, especially heavy ones, is detrimental to the collagen in the ears.
Ear shape is another fascinating subject and part of Chinese physiognomy (face reading). People who have large ears with long fleshy lobes show a great constitution, and a successful life; statues of the Buddha all show him with long ears. Long ears are also a sign of wisdom in old age, so one would hope that, as we age, and our ears grow long, we’ve acquired some wisdom.
I was introduced to nutrition as a small child when my mom used it to treat an ulcer. Since then I've been interested in supplements, healthy eating, reflexology, shiatsu, energy work and Traditional Chinese Medicine.