Yin is one half of the balance which exists in all things.
It’s nature is that of nurturing, stillness, cooling, calming.
Anxiety, restlessness, poor sleep, nervousness, irritability, agitation, dry skin, muscle stiffness and joint pain can all be signs of yin deficiency.
How does one replenish yin?
By eating cooling and nourishing foods….
Vegetables like Asparagus, artichoke, potato, spinach, sweet potato, tomato
Fruits like apples, avocado, banana, mango, pineapple, melon
Berries like strawberries, mulberries, raspberries
Pulses like Peas, beans, tofu
Dairy like eggs, cheese, milk, yogurt
Meats like beef, pork,
Water, Nettle Tea, Chrysanthemum tea, smoothies and juices.
(Caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks can deplete the body’s yin)
Get a list of yin tonifying foods here
By living a calming and nourishing lifestyle….
Avoid rushing and give yourself time to complete the tasks you need to do
Take a nap during the day and go to bed earlier – but avoid going to bed on a full stomach
Limit screen time in the evening
Limit fearful experiences – scary movies and edge of the seat video games
Walk more and connect with nature whenever you can
Meditate and allow for moments of stillness during the day
Allow space for self love and relaxation
By incorporating more gentle movement into exercise routines…
Walking, Qigong, taichi, yoga.
Can Acupuncture help?
Yes, acupuncture helps the body correct the natural transformation between yin and yang, and can as a result help increase yin.