Yin Tonics

Yin tonics are applied in “yin-empty” ailments. They nourish kidney-yin, lung-yin, stomach-yin, and liver-yin and are used against ailments of deficiency (“empty”) in those organs. Major symptoms of such ailments are as follows:

  1. Lung-yin deficiency: dry coughs, blood in sputum, “empty” body-heat, thirst, irritability.
  2. Stomach-yin deficiency: red lips, dark red tongue, peeling tongue fur, fluid deficiency, thirst, lack of hunger.
  3. Liver-yin deficiency: dry eyes, blurry vision, dizziness, headaches.
  4. Kidney-yin deficiency: afternoon heat spells, nocturnal sweats, spermatorrhoea.

Most yin-tonics are sweet, cold, moist, and “sticky” by nature. Patients with spleen-yang and kidney- yang deficiencies (for symptoms see “Yang Tonics“) should use yin-tonics sparingly and in combination with other appropriate herbs.

Causes of Disease – Excesses and Emotions

ADENOPHORA TETRAPHYLLA

  ADENOPHORA TETRAPHYLLA

Natural distribution: China, Japan.

Parts used: Roots.

Nature: Sweet; slightly cold.

Affinity: Lungs, stomach.

Effects: Demulcent to lungs; antitussive; stomachic; expectorant.

Indications: Lung-yin deficiency: dry coughs, chronic coughs, body-heat, faint and feeble voice; stomach-yin deficiency: thirst, insufficient salivation, red lips.

Dosage: 8-15 g.

CREEPING LILY-TURF

         LIRIOPE SPICATA

Natural distribution: China, Japan.

Parts used: Root-tubers.

Nature: Sweet and slightly bitter; slightly cold.

Affinity: Heart, lungs, stomach.

Effects: Refrigerant to heart; demulcent to lungs; stomachic; emollient; antitussive.

Indications: Lung-yin deficiency: dry coughs, blood in sputum, irritability; thirst due to fluid deficiency.

Dosage: 4-10 g.

Remarks: Promotes lactation.

CHINESE WOLFBERRY

      LYCIUM CHINENSE

Natural distribution: China, Japan.

Parts used: Fruits.

Nature: Sweet; neutral.

Affinity: Liver, kidneys.

Effects: Tonic to kidneys: nourishes semen; tonic to liver: improves vision.

Indications: Liver-yin deficiency: blurry vision, dizziness, headaches; kidney-yin deficiency: spermatorrhoea, lumbago.

Dosage: 4-10 g.

Remarks: The herb is also an effective remedy in mild forms of diabetes.

ECLIPTA PROSTRATA

   ECLIPTA PROSTRATA

Natural distribution: China, Japan, Taiwan, Indochina.

Parts used: Whole plant.

Nature: Sweet and sour; cold.

Affinity: Liver, kidneys.

Effects: Tonic to yin; tonic to kidney- yin; refrigerant to blood; hemostatic; astringent.

Indications: Liver-yin deficiency: blurry vision, dizziness, headache; kidney-yin deficiency: spermatorrhoea, premature greying of hair; bleeding due to yin-deficiency: blood in sputum, urine and bile, menorrhagia.

Dosage: 10-15 g.

Remarks: An extract of the fresh herb applied to the scalp promotes hair growth; taken internally, it blackens the hair, beard and eyebrows.

TURTLE

    CHINEMYS REEVESII

Natural distribution: World-wide.

Parts used: Lower shell (underside).

Nature: Salty and sweet; neutral.

Affinity: Kidneys, heart, liver.

Effects: Tonic to yin; tonic to kidneys; nutrient to sinew, bone and cartilage.

Indications: Kidney-yin deficiency: faint and weak voice, afternoon heat spells, nocturnal sweats, lumbago, weak sinews, bone and cartilage; yin- deficiency due to heat injuries; failure of opening in top of baby’s scull to close; menorrhagia.

Dosage: 10-25 g.

Remarks: Promotes contractions in delayed or difficult childbirth; pro- motes growth of bone and cartilage in babies.

TORTOISE

   TRIONYX SINENSIS

Natural distribution: World-wide.

Parts used: Upper shell (topside).

Nature: Salty; neutral.

Affinity: Liver, spleen, kidneys.

Effects: Tonic to yin; clears blockages and softens tumors; antipyretic.

Indications: Kidney-yin deficiency: afternoon heat spells, nocturnal sweats; yin-deficiency due to yang- excess; yin-deficiency due to heat excess; swollen or infected pancreas; pain in rib-cage; amenorrhoea; tumors.

Dosage: 10-20 g.

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