45. The Principles of TCM. 11. Yin and Yang 4

45. The Principles of TCM. 11. Yin and Yang 4

Yin deficiency syndrome

The yin-yang small intestine means that the yin-yang in the natural world is not in a static state but constantly moves and changes. As the seasons change, cold and heat alternate, and the longest daytime at the summer solstice and the longest night at the winter solstice are also due to the change in yin and yang. Likewise, the human body also undergoes continuous changes in yin and yang in correspondence with the natural world.

However, if the balance between yin and yang exceeds a certain limit and there is too much or too little of one side, the harmony of yin and yang is broken, causing pathologies such as yin deficiency, yang deficiency, or yin and yang deficiency. The phenomenon begins to appear.


Yin deficiency (陰虛証, lack of yin or essence) is a symptom that occurs due to a lack of hormones or endocrine fluids in the body. Typical symptoms include low-grade fever, depression, memory loss, and dry skin. If yin deficiency persists for a certain period of time, the condition progresses to yin deficiency and heat. The head is hot due to empty heat, and the stomach is full due to lack of yang energy. Typical symptoms include facial flushing (red face), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), fever fluctuations (fever rising and falling), palpitations (heart palpitations), sleep disorders, and hair loss. am. It often appears during menopause around the age of 50, when a lot of yin energy is lost.

The most basic self-treatment method is to consume black foods such as black beans and black sesame seeds to replenish yin energy and to go to bed before 11 p.m. to prevent the essence from depleting. And if you take a foot bath for about 20 minutes before going to bed every day, your feet will become warm and your head will be cool.

Dr. Jin-man Kim, director of Peace Oriental Clinic