Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregnancy and Childbirth

Yang Deficiency

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Yang represents the energy that is responsible for warming and activating bodily functions. When this energy is depleted your body begins to slow down, displaying signs of under activity and sensations of coldness. Foods to tonify yang include;

Grains Quinoa, sweet (glutinous) rice, wheat germ
Vegetables Leek, mustard greens, onion, radish, scallion, squash, sweet potato, turnip, watercress
Fruit Cherry, litchi, logan, peach, raspberry, strawberry
Nuts and seeds Chestnuts, pinenuts, pistachio nuts, walnuts
Fish Anchovy, lobster, mussel, prawn, shrimp, trout
Meat Chicken, lamb, venison, kidneys (both beef and lamb)
Herbs and spices Basil, black pepper, caper, cayenne, chive seed, cinnamon bark, clove, dill seed, fennel seed, fennugreek seed, garlic, ginger, horseradish, nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, star anise, tumeric, thyme, white pepper
Bevrages Chai tea, jasmine tea
Supplements Algae, ginseng (American, Chinese, and Korean), pollen, royal jelly

Foods especially useful to tonify Spleen Yang Deficiency.

Nuts and seeds chestnut
Herbs and spices cayenne, cinnamon bark, clove, fennel seed, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, rosemary
Beverages jasmine tea

Foods especially useful to tonify Kidney Yang Deficiency.

Fruit raspberry
Nuts / seeds chestnut, pistachio, walnut
Fish lobster, shrimp, mussels, prawn
Meat lamb, venison, both sheep and beef kidney’s
Herbs / spices basil, clove, rosemary, chive leaf, fennel seed, fennugreek seed, horseradish
Beverages jasmine tea
Supplements Algae

Examples of every day western foods that can be used to build yang

  • Mussels cooked with a little garlic
  • Roast chicken with sage and thyme
  • Roasted vegetables with and rosemary
  • Rice porridge with cinnamon, nutmeg and a little brown sugar
  • Leek and potato soup with black pepper
  • Or by adding any of the many spices as listed above to dishes when cooking.