Yang Deficiency TCM Body Constitution

This week, let’s learn more about the seventh type of body constitution – Yang Deficiency Body Constitution (阳虚体质).
In a healthy person’s body, the Yin and Yang energies are in equilibrium. When either of these energies becomes out of balance, the body will show symptoms and areas of discomfort.
When a person has Yang deficiency body constitution, it means that the Yang energy in this person’s body is lower than average.
The Yang energy in our body plays an important role in maintaining our body’s natural defense system and keeping us warm and healthy.
The following symptoms are some of the obvious signs of a person with Yang deficiency body constitution:
Cold hands and/or feet – As the Yang energy in the body decreases, one of the first symptoms that a people will experience is the lack of warmth in the hands and/or feet. People of Yang deficiency body type will find that their palms and/or soles are cold even on days when the weather is warm.
Lower tolerance of cold – It is highly likely for a person of Yang deficiency body type to be more afraid of the cold than others. The reason is because Yang energy plays a vital role in keeping our body warm, so a person who is Yang-deficient will naturally be less resilient to the cold.
Prone to diarrhea – An individual with Yang deficiency in the spleen will experience diarrhea especially after consuming raw or cold food and drinks.

Top Recommended Foods To Eat

Foods that are highly suitable for people with Yang deficiency body constitution are those with inherent properties that boost Yang energy in the body.
Adding these foods to your diet or increasing the intake of these foods will help to improve your body constitution and return your body to a more balanced state.
Following are the top 5 recommended foods that will benefit you if you have a Yang deficiency body constitution (as a general rule of thumb, please consume all foods in moderation):
2. Mutton (Chinese Name: 羊肉)
5. Prawn (Chinese Name: 虾)
Also, make sure to avoid cold drinks and foods with cold thermal nature like bitter gourd, and watermelon (unless you are feeling heaty).
You can do a free online TCM body constitution test over at TCM Food Therapy site here.

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