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Insomnia, dry eyes, hot flashes and other symptoms may be a sign that your yin and yang are not in balance. Yin deficiencies are particularly common if you're overworked or stressed. Making a few changes to your life and your diet may be all you need to do to restore normal levels of yin and relieve your symptoms.
What is Yin?
Early Chinese philosophers believed that everything in life is affected by opposing forces known as yin and yang. They described yin as female, cold, dark, shady and passive and noted that yang is male, hot, light, sunny and aggressive. The perfect balance of yin and yang is essential to your good health. If one force becomes stronger than the other, you may begin to develop a number of unpleasant symptoms.
What Are the Signs of a Yin Deficiency?
Yin deficiency can cause a variety of physical symptoms, including:
What Causes Yin Deficiencies?
Yin deficiencies can occur when you do anything to excess, whether it's working or studying too much or spending too much time partying, or attending social events. Stress can also play role in yin deficiencies. If you work in a stressful job or are dealing with a difficult family situation, you may soon experience insomnia, dry mouth, and other classic yin deficiency symptoms.
Yin tends to decline naturally as you age. Even though your busy schedule may have caused no adverse effects in your younger days, continuing to work long hours or spending too many evenings away from home can eventually take a toll on your health. Common menopausal problems, including hot flashes and night sweats, are often caused by yin deficiencies. When your estrogen and progesterone levels drop, your body is no longer in harmony. Other causes of yin deficiency can include chronic diseases and conditions, environmental toxins, chemotherapy, and drinking too much alcohol.
How Can I Keep Yin in Balance?
Restoring your yin-yang balance can be as simple as following these tips:
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