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
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