Heart Yang Vacuity Xin Yang Xu

Heart qi vacuity and heart yang vacuity are treated with the same nutritional therapy. Heart yang vacuity, with its additional cold component, differs in its symptoms from heart qi vacuity.

Western diagnosis:

Autonomic heart conditions, convalescence, cardiac arrhythmia, exhaustion.

Symptoms

Listlessness, fatigue, exhaustion, cold extremities, pale glowing face, dyspnea (shortness of breath) on exertion, chest tightness in the area of the heart, sometimes racing heart with sensation of extreme heart beats, shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating.

Tongue: Pale, slightly swollen Pulse: Weak

Causes

General: Extreme emotional strain, especially sadness, can first cause heart qi vacuity and then heart yang vacuity. Blood loss first weakens heart qi and then heart yang. Heart yang vacuity can also be partially caused by kidney yang vacuity, since the kidneys are the root of yang in the body. Symptoms appear in the periphery of the body, the head,

Heart qi vacuity (xin qi xu)

Heart yang vacuity (xin yan xu)

Heart blood vacuity (xin xue xu)

Heart yin vacuity (xin jin xu)

Heart fire flaming upward (xin huo shang yan)

and the extremities, since the body no longer has sufficient yang energy to adequately supply these areas.

Therapy

Therapy

All foods that reduce and weaken yang.

Thermal nature

All cool and cold foods

Cooking method

Cooling

Flavor

Bitter-cool, bitter-cold

Vegetables

Raw vegetables

Fruit

Citrus fruits

Dairy products

Yogurt

Other

Ice cream, ice-cold drinks; also frozen foods and foods heated in the microwave, since they do not have sufficient qi.

^^^ Recommended:

Thermal nature

Warm-neutral; hot in small amounts

Cooking method

Warming

Flavor

Bitter-warm; bitter-hot in moderation, sour-hot/warm, sweet-hot/warm, acrid-hot/warm

Meat

Lamb, beef

Grains

Buckwheat, corn, short-grain (glutinous) rice, oats

Beverages

Yogi tea, warm wheat beer, coffee, cocoa

Other

Aniseed, chili

Tongue: Pulse:

Causes

Diet:

General:

fj Coffee dries up blood and should be consumed S only in moderation, despite its bitter-hot effect; if possible, add warming spices such as cardamom or cinnamon to reduce the stagnation-causing effects of coffee.

Comment/Prognosis

Lifestyle changes such as going to sleep before 11 p.m. and sufficient rest and relaxation periods are important. Heart yang and heart qi can be regenerated within weeks or months with longer periods of rest and by following the appropriate dietary recommendations.

Western Diagnoses:

Anemia, autonomic heart conditions, exhaustion, and convalescence.

Symptoms

Pale face, pale lips, heart palpitations, fatigue, weakness, inner restlessness, forgetfulness, easily startled, frequent blinking, sleep disturbance with many dreams, vertigo (dizziness), trouble falling asleep, nightmares, depression, agitation.

Tongue: Pulse:

Causes

Diet:

General:

Pale, tear in the center, sometimes swelling at the tip Thin

Overly acrid foods that damage yin. Highly dehydrating foods such as coffee or alcohol. Dietary errors that cause spleen vacuity and prevent sufficient blood formation.

Heart blood vacuity generally has the same causes as general blood vacuity or liver blood acuity. Loss of blood, for example during childbirth, too much stress, extreme physical activity (sweating weakens qi and yang energy), lingering emotional problems, especially sadness and anger, all damage yin.

Therapy

Strengthen heart blood pP • BL-15 • CV-14 • CV-15

Supplement spleen pP • SP-6 • BL-20 • ST-36 • SP-3

Enrich body yin pP • SP-6 • KI-6 • KI-3 • CV-4

^^^ Avoid:

Thermal nature

Foods that are too hot or too warm

Cooking method

Warming

Foods

Highly dehydrating foods such as coffee, red wine, acrid spices

^^^ Recommended:

Thermal nature

Neutral-warm, cool

Flavor

Sweet-warm, sweet-neutral, sour-neutral

Meat

Blood sausage, chicken meat, beef, pheasant

Fish

Oysters

Fruit

Cherries, longans (a type of lychee), red grapes

Grains

Short-grain (glutinous) rice, wheat, oats

Beverages

Goat's milk, sheep's milk, cow's milk

Causes

General:

Also all foods recommended for general strengthening of blood (see p. 60ff.).

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  • bisrat
    What is heart yang vacuity?
    7 years ago

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