Warmth and light are the ‘spark’ and key to creating new life.
Without the sun our earth would be cold and dark, and nothing would grow or flourish here.
In Chinese medicine we refer to warmth and light as ‘Yang’, which is fundamental and vital for all life – and our fertility.
A Yang Deficiency (a lack of Yang) is the Chinese Medicine term used to describe a lack of warmth, activity, function, or metabolism within your body.
It primarily indicates an under-activity or hypo situation of your body.
This often, but not always, relates to poorer adrenal or thyroid function or an imabalance in the Hypothalmic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis.
This axis regulates hormone production and release, and is also involved in the regulation and production of energy and warmth.
Yang Deficiency often manifests as Thyroid issues, particularly Hypothyroidism and Hashimotos Thyroiditis, as both of these are caused by an under-activity of the body function.
However, you don’t have to have a Thyroid or Adrenal issue for Yang Deficiency to be present.
Yang deficiency also reveals itself through lower than normal BBT chart temperature ranges, and other symptoms as described below.
When Yang is deficient, your body struggles to function efficiently.
It starts to show signs of being under-active and colder, with poorer circulation.
Fertility issues can then more easily develop as Yang Deficiency reduces circulation of body fluids, and cools the core temperature – both of which are detrimental to creating new life.
The 2 main causes of Yang Deficiency are:
- A long term lack of Qi (energy) causing a reduction in stored energy, which creates under-activity or reduced metabolism
- Extreme Coldness accumulating in the body from incorrect diet, lifestyle, or environmental factors that damage the Yang.
The key symptoms of Yang Deficiency for men and women are:
- Lower back ache or knee pain
- Cold feeling of the lower back
- Desire to sleep or lie down often
- Feeling cold easily
- Cold hands or feet
- Frequent and usually clear urination
- Night urination
- Leaking or dribbling after urination
- Hashimotos Thyroiditis
- Low Progesterone, Testosterone, FSH, LH
- Adrenal fatigue
As this pattern causes circulatory problems in the reproductive area we typically see issues of poor blood and fluid circulation along with accumulation of fluids. This results in the fertility related disorders as listed below.
Yang Deficiency symptoms unique to women:
- Poor uterine or ovarian blood flow
- Poor uterine environment
- Thin endometrium
- Accumulation of fluids in the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries
- Cysts (ovarian, uterine, cervical – or elsewhere in the body)
- Cycle circulatory issues
- Low BBT chart temps all cycle
- Short luteal phase
- Ovulatory issues with a weak ovulation and weak post ovulation BBT chart temps
- Watery cervical mucus that doesn’t thicken to get stretchy
Yang Deficiency symptoms unique to men:
- Poor semen liquefaction
- Watery semen
- Low sperm motility
- Low sperm count
- Low sperm vitality numbers
- Weak ejaculation
- Feeling tired during or immediately after sex
- Cold feeling in the testes or penis
- Discharge of thin watery clear discharge from the penis
- Inability to sustain an erection
Under-activity and coldness in the body acts very much like coldness in nature: it slows down circulation, reduces the core temperature, and creates a colder internal environment that is not conducive to fertility or pregnancy.
When the earth and water are frozen in winter, everything remains dormant and nothing sprouts into new life until Spring arrives to warm things up again.
The same principle is true for the human body. Yang Deficiency = tiredness, under-activity, and coldness, which creates an environment that can delay conception and pregnancy.
Long term effects of Yang Deficiency:
Some common foods to treat Yang Deficiency are:
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