General Qi Vacuity

Qi vacuity can appear in any of the networks. The most common causes for general qi vacuity are vacuity of spleen qi, kidney qi, and lung qi.

Symptoms

Fatigue, exhaustion, lack of appetite, lack of concentration, abdominal bloating; soft, sloppy stool; tendency to diarrhea, tendency to feel cold and to shiver, aversion to cold, lowered resistance, frequent backaches in the lumbar vertebral column, frequent urination with clear urine, large amounts of urine, nocturia (excessive night time urination), dyspnea (shortness of breath), premature ejaculation, reduced sexual desire, impotence. Tongue: Pale, swollen Pulse: Vacuous, weak

Causes

General:

Stress, overexertion, lack of sleep, too many negative emotions such as worries, anxiety, fear, brooding; too much sexual activity; in women, too many births spaced too closely; external cold; chronic illnesses.

Diet: Too much thermally cold food, yin products, or raw foods; irregular eating habits; too much dairy; too many tropical fruits, frozen foods, denaturalized foods, canned foods, or ice-cold beverages; hasty eating; eating too late in the day.

Prevention

^^^ Nutritional Therapy

Thermal nature

Neutral, warming, sometimes hot

Cooking method

Warming

Flavor

Neutral-sweet, warm-sweet, neutral-acrid, warm-acrid, neutral-salty, warm-salty, occasionally also hot

Grains

Oats, millet, corn, rice, short-grain (sweet, glutinous) rice, spelt

Meat

Poultry, lamb, beef, game (venison)

Fish

Oysters, trout, lobster, salmon, anchovies

Vegetables

Fennel, carrots, leeks, chestnuts

Spices

Acrid and hot, ginger, garlic, coriander

Nuts and seeds

Hazelnuts, black sesame, walnuts

Legumes

Lentils

Have a substantial, warming breakfast, for example warm millet porridge or oatmeal, and at least one or two warm meals daily, for example Master Soup, stews.

Supplement spleen qi pP • ST-36 • CV-12 • SP-3

Supplement kidney qi pP • CV- 6 • KI- 7 • Moxa

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