So-called “yin-deficient” people often have insufficient body fluids that produce internal heat that is retained by the body.
(Yin is the negative manifestation of the Chinese concept of yin and yang which states the complementarity of opposing forces.)
People with thin physique, warm palms and soles and feel constant dryness in their nose, mouth, skin and hair might belong to this category.
These conditions can be exacerbated by cooler and drier autumn temperatures.
In addition, people who eat too much hot or dry food could suffer from fatigue and insomnia.
To relieve yin deficiency, people should tonify body fluids and eat moderate amounts of heat-clearing food.
These include lotus root, wood ear, snow fungus, sugar cane, pear, lily bulb, Chinese yam, fragrant Solomon’s seal, dwarf lilyturf tuber, glehnia root, asparagus fern, rehmannia glutinosa, sea cucumber and donkey-hide gelatin.
Pan-fried, hot or spicy food should be avoided if possible.
People should also develop the habit of going to bed and getting up early and trying not to be too harsh on themselves.
Too much pressure adversely affects the liver function or qi (energy flow), making it harder to fall asleep.
As for skincare, it is crucial to maintain moisture and nourishment.
The skin is prone to aging problems such as wrinkles and laugh lines due to dryness.
Here are some tips on skincare:
1. Wash the face with lukewarm water only.
2. Apply sunscreen protection always.
3. Put on deep nourishing facial masks more frequently.
4. Replenish skin moisture. Drink water in small quantities frequently.
5. Consider natural skincare products with Chinese herbs that moisten skin such as rehmannia glutinosa, white peony root, dwarf lilyturf tuber, glehnia root or lily bulb, etc.
6. Relax body and mind in the evening to help fall asleep easier.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Sept. 22
Translation by Darlie Yiu
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