The Top 5: TCM Hormonal Imbalances & How To Fix Them

By Co-Founder & TCM Practitioner Emilia Herting | www.escapadaretreat.com


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    Depleted Energy (Qi)

    The beauty of TCM is that by understanding your own particular imbalances, you can make subtle lifestyle and dietary changes that work. Most likely you may have more than one imbalance, which is why we always advise booking in with a Chinese Medicine Practitioner. However, the below 5 TCM constitutional types will help you gain balance at home.

    Depleted Qi:

    Symptoms: Tiredness, fatigue, feeling cold, bloated after eating, frequent colds, weak immune system

    Western Diagnosis: Low blood pressure, under-active thyroid, chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Fix it by: Eating cooked foods that are organic and of strong energy such as root vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, celeriac, parsnips and ginger. To get all of the benefits make sure that the roots are cooked (baked, boiled, roasted or sauteed) and eat at least one portion, roughly a hand full, a day!

    Avoid: Cold foods & drinks, excessive workouts.

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    Stuck Energy (Qi Stagnation)

    Symptoms: PMS, mood changes, period cramps with blood clots, headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression.

    Western diagnosis: Endometriosis, PCOS, migraine, IBS, depression, thyroid issues, cysts, fibroids.

    Fix it by: Doing vigorous exercise outdoors, deep breathing, eating soothing and cooling foods with astringent (bitter/sour flavour) flavours like Cucumber, Celery, Parsley, Spirulina, Broccoli, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Onions, Garlic, Watercress, Asparagus and Bitter Greens (including Dandelion, Kale, Mustard, Escarole & Radicchio). it's more about the continuity than amounts, so it's really vital to make it part of your daily routine and incorporate these foods into your diet. If your digestion is strong opt for salads, smoothies and raw foods, but if your digestion is weak also make sure you warm these ingredients first to help relieve stagnation comfortably with soups, steamed vegetables and stews.

    Avoid: Stress

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    Blood Deficiency

    Symptoms: Tiredness, dizziness, brittle nails, dull dry hair or hair loss, scanty or short period (2 days), no periods, muscle cramps or spasms.

    Western diagnosis: Anaemia, amenorrhea, chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Fix it by: Exercising moderately, getting plenty of rest, eating beef bone broth, green leafy vegetables and red foods (dates, goji berries, berries, beetroot). make these ingredients a habit but adding red berries to porridge, packing goji berries as snacks and having beetroot for lunch or dinner. If you add 1-2 servings p/day your levels will increase immediately.

    Avoid: Spicy foods, hot, dry environments, bikram yoga, excessive sweating.

  • 4

    Yin Deficiency

    Symptoms: Night sweats, hot flushes, insomnia, nervousness, vaginal dryness, itchy skin and burn out.

    Western diagnosis: Overactive thyroid, prolonged menopause, high blood pressure, anxiety or reflux.

    Fix it by: Exercising gently, practicing relaxation, drinking enough water, eating soups and cooling foods such as celery, spinach, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, pear, watermelon, black sesame and green leafy vegetables.

    Avoid: Hot and dry conditions, excessive exercising, coffee, hot and spicy foods.

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    Yang Deficiency

    Symptoms: Feeling cold, lethargic, gaining weight, swelling around ankles or eyes, sore or weak lower back or knees, lack of energy or enthusiasm to get going.
    Western diagnosis: Under- active thyroid

    Fix it by: Exercising in warm, dry environments and eating warming foods - oats, quinoa, ginger, winter squash, cabbage, chestnuts, adzuki beans, chicken/beef/lamb.

    Avoid: Swimming and sitting or walking on cold floors without socks