ACUPUNCTURE AND NUTRITIONAL BALANCING SCIENCE
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2013, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Dr. Paul Eck once remarked to me that the science that was closest to nutritional balancing is acupuncture. At the time I did not know why he said this. However, I have learned that, indeed, there are many parallels.
Among the similarities are that both acupuncture and nutritional balancing are that BOTH:
1. Rely upon advanced understanding of yin and yang.
2. Include the physical, psychological and mental aspects of health, and never separate them.
3. Focus on balancing the body, rather than finding and correcting “disease entities”. When imbalances are corrected, symptoms and diseases vanish on their own. Healing is actually a “side effect” that comes as a result.
4. Use many of the same words to describe the same phenomena. These are the hair mineral patterns such as step down (stepping in acupuncture), step up (stepping out in acupuncture) and dozens of other. These are listed below.
5. Many other similarities such as the use of similar minerals, although acupuncture uses more herbs to provide them, while nutritional balancing uses modern chelated minerals, kelp and other products.
This article discusses some common hair analysis patterns and acupuncture equivalents. By knowing these correlations, it can give one a deeper understanding and appreciation of both methods.
NOTE: Everything in this article, and indeed on this website, applies only to hair mineral analyses from laboratories that do not wash the hair at the laboratory.
TWO IMPORTANT WARNINGS ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE
Also, this article contains two warnings about going for acupuncture therapy. Lately, we have observed some problems in people after acupuncture sessions. These occur, I believe, not because the practitioner is not skilled. They occur due to the fact that acupuncture is very ancient, and times have changed on planet earth, especially in the past 150 years or so. Here are two recommendations for anyone contemplating acupuncture treatments:
Warning #1. Make sure the practitioner begins and ends by needling the conception vessel at each session. This appears essential today, although it is not widely taught and was not as needed in the past.
If an acupuncturist is not doing this, he or she may inadvertently unbalance the third energy center with the acupuncture needles.
Warning #2. I suggest avoiding Chinese herbs, including the ones used in acupuncture. This sounds harsh. However, hair mineral analyses reveal that basically all of the Chinese herbs, even the most expensive, organic, wild-crafted, and best brands, contain toxic metals.
I do not know if they contained toxic metals many years ago before the earth was heavily polluted, but they do today. These herbs can still give some therapeutic results, but they also leave toxic deposits in the body that are harmful.
This problem is getting worse and is affecting most Western herbs, as well.
Now let us review some major patterns seen on hair mineral analyses, and how they correlate with major acupuncture patterns.
II. YANG AND YIN
This is a central theme in acupuncture and in nutritional balancing science. Here are examples of how the two sciences are the same, as regards understanding yin and yang.
More yang constitution. This is the exact same as fast oxidation in nutritional balancing terms.
More yin constitution. This is the same as slow oxidation in nutritional balancing terms.
Here the two sciences differ somewhat. I find the macrobiotic conception of yang and yin foods works better than the TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) classification. I believe the present Chinese system has been altered, which can occur over the centuries.
This causes some acupuncturists to dismiss nutritional balancing science, which is unfortunate. In fact, it is the only area in which the two sciences diverge.
Macrobiotic classification of yang and yin foods. Eggs, red meat, white meats, cheeses, yogurt and other dairy foods are somewhat more yang in that order from most yang to less yang. Grains and cooked vegetables are fairly balanced foods. Raw foods, fruit, sugars, alcohol and all medical and recreational drugs are more yin – in that order from slightly yin to very yin.
Healing Procedures. Heating and drying the body is always more yang. Nutritional balancing uses a red heat lamp sauna, which was not available thousands of years ago.
Coffee is used in nutritional balancing because it is a yang herb. It was not available in China years ago, so it is not in the acupuncture books, but it works well in an enema, which is more yang than drinking it (which we do not recommend).
Foot reflexology is also quite yang in Chinese medicine, and highly recommended in nutritional balancing.
Twisting the spine or chiropractic care is another yang technique used in both sciences. The pushing down mental exercise is also very yang because it moves energy downward and inward.
Rest, relaxation and sleep tend to be more yang today, as they tend to activate and heal sick bodies. They activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is more yang in its effects today.
Some exercise is yang. However, vigorous exercise, for most people has a strong yin effect because it tears down the body and keeps the sympathetic nervous system active. The sympathetic system has an immediate yang effect and speeds up the oxidation rate. However, if it continues, it has a catabolic and yin effect that is very harmful. For this reason, I recommend only limited and gentle exercise in spite of what others say about the value of exercise. For more on this topic, please read Exercise and Balancing The Autonomic Nervous System on this website.
Deep breathing has a definite yang effect today. It brings in more yang oxygen, and helps reduce stress, a yin toxim. Therefore, this practice helps yangize and heal the body today.
In fact, the International Journal of Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine, 1995;6 (1-4) 26-29, published an article entitled How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work – An Atomic Answer. In it, the author notes the vitamin and mineral formulas that are used in nutritional balancing science to correct fast and slow oxidation are very similar to ancient Chinese acupuncture herbal formulas used to correct yang and yin conditions in the body.
More yang minerals. Calcium, magnesium and phosphorus are more yang minerals. Of these, calcium and phosphorus are more yang than magnesium.
A calcium level that is lower than about 40 mg% is more yang. This is often associated with a faster oxidation rate. A calcium level greater than about 40 mg% is more yin. This is often associated with a slow oxidation rate.
A magnesium level that is lower than about 6 mg% is more yang. This is often associated with a faster oxidation rate. A magnesium level greater than about 6 mg% is more yin and often associated with a slow oxidation rate.
A phosphorus level above about 14 mg% is more yang. A level above about 16 mg% is even more yang, and indicates some rapid development on a hair mineral analysis, a process that is more yang in nature.
A phosphorus level below about 12 mg% appears to be an indicator of reduced liver/gall bladder meridian activity, in our experience. It is also somewhat more yin.
More yin minerals. Sodium and potassium are more yin minerals. Of these, sodium is more yang than potassium.
Most, if not all of the nutrient trace minerals such as zinc, chromium, selenium, iron and others are somewhat yang today, although this may not have been true in the past. Note there are different compounds, isotopes or molecular weights, and other structures of each of the minerals, and some are more yang while others are more yin. The more toxic compounds have a more yin effect today, as a general rule.
More yang trace minerals. These include iron, zinc and selenium. In nutritional balancing, these are called “the male minerals”.
More yin trace minerals. These include copper, manganese, iodine. In nutritional balancing these are called “the female minerals”.
These are called toxic yang in acupuncture. They may be yang in nature, but they always have a yinnizing effect on the body due to their toxicity. Unfortunately, most herbs contain some of them, including Chinese herbs used by acupuncturists.
Acupuncturists do not pay enough attention to these very modern toxins that affect everyone and disturb traditional Chinese medical diagnostic methods:
Ionizing radiation everywhere on earth is a serious problem. It is carried on some toxic metals such as uranium 235 and 238, and a few others elements such as cesium, strontium, iodine and others. These have extremely yin effects and are all too common in our current environment, causing the bodies to become more yin today than ever before.
Electromagnetic emissions from cell phones, computers, television sets, radios, wifi (wireless networks), satellite TV, radio and telephone networks, smart electric meters, home and other wiring, automobile and aircraft EMF emissions, microwave relay stations everywhere, and other sources of EMFs also have a very yin effect on the bodies today. I hope more attention will be given to the latter two types of extremely yin pollution in our world today.
Toxic chemicals. Thousands of these are everywhere, and in every person. They, too, always have yin effects.
Mineral-depleted foods and refined and processed food. This is perhaps the most serious yin toxin today. Acupuncturists are not taught the severity of the problem and it yin effect on the bodies. It also upsets traditional Chinese diagnostic assessment, at times badly.
The combination of these yin toxins is to make all the bodies much more yin today.
This is the reason nutritional balancing insists upon a more yang diet, more yang nutritional supplements and more yang healing and detoxification procedures.
It is also the reason nutritional balancing forbids eating fruit, bathing too often, and the use of all smoothies, food powders, food bars and other yin food products!
BASIC MINERAL RATIOS
A sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 2.5 in a human being is more yang, while a sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2.5 is more yin. However, if the ratio is very high (above about 25), it may indicate a more yin condition.
A calcium/magnesium ratio less than about 7 appears to be more yang, while a high ratio above about 10 appears to be a more yin or a yin deficiency indicator.
A calcium/potassium ratio less than about 4 is a more yang indicator. It is more associated with a fast oxidation rate and an alarm stage of stress in nutritional balancing. A calcium/potassium ratio greater than about 4 is a more yin indicator. It is more associated with a slow oxidation rate, or cold in acupuncture terminology.
A sodium/magnesium ratio greater than about 4.17 is a more yang indicator or hot in acupuncture. It is more associated with a fast oxidation rate. A sodium/magnesium ratio less than about 4.17 is a more yin indicator or cold in acupuncture. It is more associated with a sluggish or slow oxidation rate in nutritional balancing science, and with an exhaustion stage of stress.
ACUPUNCTURE PATTERNS ALSO FOUND ON A HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS
Blood deficiency. This is the same as an ratio of calcium to magnesium of 13.5 or higher (a very high ratio).
Yin deficiency. This is a sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2. (the ideal Na/K ratio is 2.5).
Bowl pattern. This is the identical terminology in acupuncture and in nutritional balancing science. It is quite advanced in acupuncture, however, so many acupuncturists are not familiar with it.
It is a combination, often, of yin deficiency and blood deficiency. The blood deficiency is variable, however. Read The Bowl Pattern on this website for more on this topic.
The shell. This is the identical terminology and pattern in both sciences. In some acupuncture texts, it is called “hunkered down”. On a hair mineral analysis, it is indicated by a calcium level above about 165 mg% in women and 155 mg% in men. In acupuncture, it is similarly called a calcium shell and applies mostly to women. It is a hidden yin in acupuncture, associated with psychological withdrawal, emotional suppression and more. (see the article The Calcium Shell for more on this important pattern.)
Yin over the top. This is the same as the pattern in nutritional balancing called sympathetic dominant. Once again, it is an advanced acupuncture pattern, so many acupuncturists do not know about it. However, older traditional acupuncturists often know this difficult pattern to overcome. Nutritional balancing uses it a lot, as it is common today.
Yang rising. This is identical to the three highs or four highs pattern on a hair mineral analysis. For details, read Four Highs Pattern on this site.
Yin deficiency. This may be indicated by a hair sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2. Please read The Sodium/potassium Ratio on this website for more about this common pattern. Yin deficiency is also associated with a four lows pattern in all cases, and with a bowl pattern in all cases.
In acupuncture, symptoms associated with yin deficiency include deficient heat in the body, night sweats (usually due to an infection), feeling hot in the evening with warm feet, a cracked and dry tongue, reduced moisture in the body, and it is associated with older people.
Similarly, a low sodium/potassium ratio is associated with chronic infections, sodium and fluid loss at times, and it is seen commonly in older people, though it is seen at all ages today.
Interestingly, a product developed by Dr. Paul Eck to correct a low sodium/potassium ratio called Limcomin is similar in some ways to traditional Chinese herbs that are used to balance a yin deficiency.
Damp heat. This common pattern in acupuncture has to do with copper toxicity on a hair mineral test. In acupuncture texts, damp heat is associated with dysmenorrhea, acne, yeast infections such as candida albicans, female organ problems, liver dysfunction, a yellowish color of the skin, emotional upsets, seizures, and perhaps other conditions that we find associated with copper imbalance.
Copper imbalance tends to affect the spleen meridian. Usually one has too much copper that is somewhat biounavailable. This means it is present but in a form or bound up in ways that the body cannot use it properly. The person is usually in slow oxidation, and it is more common in women than in men.
Damp heat also often has to do with a low Na/K ratio and low female hormones. It can be associated with amenorrhea (no menstrual periods) in a young woman.
In terms of hair mineral analysis, the person may present with a low Na/K ratio and/or a ‘slow oxidizer on crutches’ hair analysis pattern. These individuals often need to eat more meat. Meat has a drying and more yang effect on the body.
Reaching the top of the hill. This is identical to the hair analysis pattern called the hill. It is a more yang pattern discussed in some advanced acupuncture texts. It is an excellent pattern.
Coming Alive. This is identical to the name used in hair analysis. It is a more yang pattern discussed in some advanced acupuncture texts. It is a very good sign in both sciences.
Settling Down. This is the identical name used in acupuncture and nutritional balancing. It a more yang pattern and a very good sign, according to advanced acupuncture texts.
In the tunnel of death. This is the exact same pattern as four lows pattern on a hair mineral test. It is a very yin pattern and a death pattern in acupuncture. Read Four Lows on this site for more on this important pattern.
Step Down. This more yang pattern is called “stepping into life” in some advanced acupuncture texts.
Step Up. This more yin pattern eventually is called “stepping out of life” in some advanced acupuncture texts.
This is just an introduction to the way that hair mineral testing can be used to identify some of the major acupuncture patterns. Many other acupuncture patterns can be identified from a properly performed and correctly interpreted hair tissue mineral analysis.
Here are a few basic hair analysis patterns that relate to the condition of particular acupuncture meridians:
Low meridian energy may be indicated on a hair mineral test by:
* A hair phosphorus level less than about 13 mg%.
* A hair calcium level greater than about 100 mg%.
* A hair copper above about 5 mg%.
* A hair manganese above about 0.04 mg%.
* A hair iron above about 2 mg%.
* Elevated lead, cadmium, copper and mercury appear to be most damaging to the liver/gall bladder meridian, though many toxins can affect it.
Š Kidney/bladder: A low sodium/potassium ratio indicates kidney meridian weakness. Low zinc may also indicate kidney weakness, as it can elevate the levels of cadmium, mercury and nickel, although all the toxic metals can be toxic for the kidneys in some forms.
Š Spleen/pancreas/stomach: An imbalanced calcium/magnesium ratio may relate to this meridian. The levels of magnesium and chromium, when low, may indicate deficiency or weakness of this meridian.
Lung/large intestine: Elevated hair copper, in particular, may relate to
weakness or underactivity of this meridian. This is extremely common today. The use of all medical drugs (such as
antibiotics), vaccines, toxic chemicals, food toxins, yeasts and parasites contribute
to large intestine weakness.
Improper food, poor eating habits, lack of rest and other lifestyle
factors also contribute to a weak large intestine meridian in almost everyone.
This tends to overheat the liver. One reason for this is that a damaged large intestine produces and accumulates many toxins. These are absorbed into the portal vein system of arteries, which conduct the toxins from the large intestine and small intestine directly into the liver.
Conception vessel: This meridian runs down the front of the body
along the central axis of the body. It therefore touches many important structures such as the
forehead or sixth center, thyroid or fifth center, heart or fourth center,
abdomen or third center, below the navel or second center and ends at the perineum
or first energy center. Therefore
it is a very important meridian today.
Hair analysis indicators related to a sluggish thyroid gland may indicate weakness in this meridian. These include a calcium/potassium ratio greater than 4, and perhaps indicators for hidden or high copper and a mercury level greater than about 0.035 mg%. Other important thyroid gland indicators on a hair mineral test are the presence of the amigos, and others.
Š Triple heater: Faster oxidation favors this interesting acupuncture indicator. Also, a good sodium/potassium ratio favors this meridian’s energy. A low sodium/potassium ratio always indicates some weakness in the triple heater, also called The Three Hearts on this website. Also, a normal calcium/magnesium ratio favors this meridian energy.
THE SCOURGE OF YIN TODAY
The rest of this article describes some of the ways in which nutritional balancing programs use the above healing modalities and methods to balance the body.
However, to understand and appreciate the following sections, one needs to know that most people’s bodies are yin today, and the problem is getting worse. I know that some acupuncturists and others do not agree with this perspective, but that is our observation.
The main causes of too much yin today is pollution. This has been discussed above, to some degree. It includes ionizing radiation from atomic powerplants, electromagnetic pollution, an enormous amount of toxic metals and chemicals, and a mineral-depleted and often toxic food supply.
So, as we discuss the integration of concepts in nutritional balancing science, please keep in mind the problem of yin in the world today.
INTEGRATING YIN AND YANG, AND OTHER ACUPUNCTURE MODALITIES WITH A NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAM
Here are some nutritional balancing modalities and their relation to acupuncture concepts. The most important one may be related to the diet.
fairly yang diet. Nutritional balancing favors more yang foods such
as meats, eggs, whole grains and cooked vegetables, prepared in more yang ways
by cooking vegetables thoroughly.
We avoid yin foods such as all fruit, sweets and sugars. We also avoid food chemicals, and yin
methods of food preparation such as raw food, vegetarian food and most
fermented food. An exception is
dairy products, which I find are best eaten raw or only lightly cooked.
I am not sure why, but the macrobiotic system of yin and yang foods seems to work far better today than the traditional Chinese system of food selection in most cases. However, in clinical practice, I have had to modify the macrobiotic system, as well, for today’s nutritional depleted people. Here is more detail on foods and food preparation:
Organic food is more yang than most commercially-grown and GMO food. This is due to its higher mineral content and lower pesticide and toxic metal content.
Proteins such as meats should be cooked, but not overcooked as it denatures the protein too much. Pasteurized dairy products are not as healthful. Eggs are best eaten only lightly cooked for the same reasons. Egg yolks should be runny. Meats and eggs are among the most yang foods.
Vegetables: Today there is a great need for the many excellent phytochemicals found in cooked vegetables. Raw vegetables such as salads, however, are too yin to be eaten in any quantity. Also, we find that no one can absorb enough of the minerals in the vegetables when the vegetables are eaten raw. Oriental chefs have known this for millennia. The human intestinal tract cannot break down the tough vegetable fibers well enough.
Therefore steam, bake, stir-fry or roast all vegetables. Fresh vegetables are more yang, although frozen is okay. Canned are not quite as good as they are likely to be more yin.
Kelp or kombu in Japanese appears to be an excellent vegetable dried in capsules or cooked. Other sea vegetables are higher in mercury and do not contain enough alginates and other phytochemicals to offset the mercury, so they are best eaten in limited amounts or skipped altogether.
Yin and yang vegetables: Root vegetables are all excellent, although beets contain a mild toxin that upsets some people’s stomachs. Greens are somewhat more yin, but otherwise excellent to eat daily. The cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are among the very best. The Nightshade family of vegetables (white potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant) are more yin, somewhat toxic, and best avoided. Also, I would avoid most vegetables that have seeds, which means they are really fruits. These include the summer squashes, cucumbers, okra, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes and a few others.
Proteins are more yin, but needed for slow oxidizers more
than for fast oxidizers because they have a yangizing
effect on protein synthesis and tend to support liver/gall bladder
activity. Red meats and eggs are
most yang and some is okay for most people. Lamb is better than beef, which has become more yin due to
hybridization and genetic modification.
Red meats are higher in iron, which is not as good for some people with
iron toxicity and those with cancers.
Chicken and turkey are good for most people. Fish are nourishing foods, but much too high in mercury for general consumption at all. The exception are sardines, a wonderful food today. Other edible small fish are herring, anchovies, smelt and perhaps a few others. However, these must not be consumed more than about three times weekly. Salmon used to be okay, but no more. They are too high in mercury today.
All shellfish and seafood (lobster, clams, oysters,
eel, octopus, shrimp, scallops, crabs and others) are too toxic with heavy
metals and should all be avoided.
Shellfish tend to be more yin.
Beans or legumes are quite yin and starchy, and should only be eaten a
few times weekly unless one has no other proteins to eat.
Dairy foods, if raw and fresh, are good as long as one is not allergic to them. However, do not eat more than a few ounces daily, and preferably less, as they are somewhat toxic for many people as the quality is usually not that good. However, they can provide bioavailable calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and other vital nutrients.
Nuts and seeds are slightly toxic and more yin (they grow up in the air, in most cases, which is more yin). They can be eaten occasionally as almond butter, for example, but not used as staple foods.
Algae such as spirulina, chlorella, blue-green algae and others contain many nutrients. However, for some reason I find that algae products are less compatible with human physiology today. They are also quite yin.
oils are more yin, but important
foods. Slow oxidizers who are
quite yin do less well on them.
Fast oxidizers, who happen to be more yang, can handle and require more
of them. They tend to cool down
the metabolic rate and yang condition of the body. Those with a low sodium/potassium ratio need less of them as
they are somewhat less yang than a true fast oxidizer, which is a person with a
normal sodium/potassium ratio.
Some people with a fast oxidation rate cannot eat much fat. These individuals are usually quite ill. In these cases, the hair analysis must be studied carefully to look for telltale signs of underlying slow oxidation (always the case in those over age about 12 or 13. These hints of slow include a zinc level greater than about 13 mg%, a low phosphorus level, a low sodium/potassium ratio, or other imbalances such as high levels of the three amigos (iron, manganese or aluminum) or other toxic metals.
Avoid most coconut oil, palm oil and avocado because these foods grow in sub-tropical regions and this causes them to be more yin. A little bit is okay, but that is all. Butter and olive oil are better. Animal fats are much more yang such as beef tallow, lamb fat, and chicken fat. Butter, cream and milk are somewhat yang. Lard is a pig product, and so is a little more toxic than the others and should be avoided. All pig products may be infected with trichina and other parasite cysts, even when well-cooked, in our experience.
Simple carbohydrates or sugars are extremely yin. For this reason, we tend to avoid all of them, including fruits, and all sweet foods. They are simply not helpful for overall health, no matter what they contain or how delicious they taste. I am sorry about this, but it is our consistent experience with fruit.
carbohydrates or starches are okay
in moderation. Some people have
difficulty with wheat or gluten.
For this reason, I suggest no wheat at all, and if digestion is poor,
one should avoid all gluten for at least 6 months, and continue to avoid wheat
forever, even organic whole wheat products. This is unfortunate but true. Also avoid spelt, as it is close to wheat and another
Other excellent grains for those that can handle them are brown basmati rice, rye, and especially blue corn that is far more yang than most other corn. Organic blue corn chips with sea salt appear to be an excellent snack food. Other good grains are millet, quinoa, amaranth, and some oatmeal and barley if one tolerates them well. As health improves, one usually tolerates them better.
Water is very yin, but very needed for life today. Ideally, use spring water for daily drinking purposes. Well water is often contaminated, so it may not be best. The next best drinking water is often carbon-only filtered tap water. It is contaminated in all cases, but may not be too bad in some areas.
Distilled and reverse osmosis water, and all alkaline waters are the most yin waters and generally to be
avoided. Distilled and RO are yin
because they are devoid of minerals, although they have a somewhat acid
pH. We sometimes recommend
distilled water, but only for about 3 months in most cases to remove certain
toxins from the body.
Alkaline waters are very yin and will unbalance the body eventually. Please avoid them, even though they will cause symptomatic improvements in the body when the body is very acid, and are okay for a month or two. I am not sure why they are so yin. It may have to do with the way they are produced, although alkaline anything tends to be more yin. Acid products are somewhat more yang.
Spring water is somewhat alkaline, and usually is the best overall long-term drinking water. If one does not wish to buy the plastic bottles of it, go to www.findaspring.com to locate a spring nearby where you can usually obtain it free. However, I find the plastic bottles, even with BPA, is okay and does not build up in the liver or elsewhere.
Distilled water can also be used during a toxic healing reaction for a short period of time to remove toxins faster. However, do not drink distilled water long-term, as it will leach vital minerals from the body and it is too yin.
Do not drink reverse osmosis water, as it does not hydrate the body well. It is also extremely yin. It is sold in machines, supermarkets and health food stores as “purified water”, “drinking water”, Dasani water, Agua Fina and many others.
Too much bathing is also yin and to be avoided. Shower every other day, if possible. Even living by the ocean or lakes is quite yin. For more on water, read Water For Drinking and Hydration on this website.
Rest and sleep: The reclining position is yin, but more rest is absolutely needed by most people, so it cannot be reduced or skipped. Go to bed early. This is the more yang time of the night and very critical for rebuilding the body. Read more about this in the article on this website entitled Rest and Sleep.
Radiation is the ultimate yin toxin! Avoid it as much as possible. This means limiting all x-rays as much as possible. It also means limiting air travel, as it exposes a person to some extra radiation at high altitudes and at airport x-ray machinery.
Most travel is quite yin and toxic in other ways as well, such as pesticides in hotel rooms, breathing stale and contaminated air in planes, trains, buses, etc., eating improperly prepared foods laced with chemicals, and for other reasons, too. Car travel is usually the best.
Most medical drugs, over-the-counter drugs, recreational drugs and alcohol are very yin.
Sugar and even most fruits are extremely yin and in fact toxic today, we find, for many people. All feed yeast in the yin bodies and upset the blood sugar, which is already out of balance. Do your best to avoid all sweeteners in all foods and beverages. Also, avoid most fruits and all fruit juices, even diluted, as they are extremely yin and often sprayed with pesticides today, even those labeled organic.
Chemical food preservatives, flavors, colors and hundreds of other additives are generally very yin. For this reason, avoid most processed and prepared food items. This means you must cook at home and eat out sparingly. When eating out, choose ethnic or smaller restaurants where food is prepared fresh, and generally avoid chain restaurants, as they usually use many more prepared and chemical-laden foods.
Table salt is quite yin and toxic. Use sea salt, a decent food that can enhance your diet. Do not drink water with salt in it, however. Cook with salt as this has a yangizing effect. Often, however, it is best to add the sea salt when cooking is done.
Mineral therapy is among the more yang supplemental nutrient therapies, though all supplements tend to be quite yin. This may be why it works so well today. It is most helpful for all the meridians, when recommended properly. This is not easy to do, however, but Dr. Paul Eck discovered many secrets of how to do it properly. We use mainly chelated minerals, as most other types are even more yin and therefore not as helpful.
Know that the mineral supplements act as placeholders. This is a very unique and important concept. To read about it, read Placeholders on this site.
Be especially careful with iron supplements. These are quite irritating and we find that almost everyone has plenty of iron from eating meats, eggs and white flour products. Vegetarians and women with very heavy periods occasionally need iron, however.
Please avoid “natural” minerals from the earth or the sea, as these are usually contaminated with toxic metals, no matter what the company claims. As a rule, stay away from mineral supplements, except for kelp and one called Endo-veggie, which is a vegetable capsule. Instead, use a good sea salt, kelp, and Veg-easy to provide your minerals, along with a diet of about 70% or more cooked vegetables. This will give you enough minerals.
Glandular extracts: This is an important aspect of a nutritional
balancing program. Glandulars are the most yang type of nutritional
supplements, and this may be one reason why they are so helpful. They also provide many subtle nutrients
the body needs and they seem to strengthen particular organs, glands and
meridians in unusual ways.
We use only freeze-dried glandulars. The salt extracted glandulars such as those from Standard Process are okay, though not superior, as some claim. Do not take more glandulars than are recommended for you, however, as they can be toxic today.
Vitamin therapy: Most vitamins are good for the liver/gall bladder meridian that is
weak in most people. Most
synthetic vitamins, in particular, and all vitamins are somewhat yin, so we do
not use any more than are absolutely required.
Vitamin C. Many people take too much. Vitamin C is extremely yin. It is beneficial, but the amount needed is small. It is not true that a food-based vitamin C is more effective, in our experience, nor is it better absorbed.
Amino acids, enzymes and specialty products: These can be very helpful, at times. I like a powerful digestive aid, GB-3, for everyone. It contains ox bile, pancreatin and dehyrocholic acid, a bile acid. This is a very yang supplement compared to other digestive aids and other liver support supplements, which is why I much prefer it over all other digestive aids.
Vegetable enzymes. These are derived from fungi, so they are much more
yin. The product label usually
calls them names such as protease, amylase, lipase and others. These are far more yin and hard on the
liver, in our experience. They
also appear to be somewhat toxic if taken for a few months or more, which does
not happen so far with pancreatin and ox bile. This could be because they are so yin.
Isolated amino acids are all very yin. Then can be helpful and we use a few such as taurine, cysteine and methionine. These are more yang and contain sulfur, a yang mineral many people require more of. We do not like yin forms of sulfur as much, such as MSM or methylsulfonylmethane. This product may give symptom relief, but will eventually make the body more yin, which is disastrous for some people.
Herbs are powerful medicines, but many are very yin and most contain some toxic
substances, in our experience. I
hope this can be corrected, someday, but for now I do not recommend most
herbs. Chinese and Indian or Ayurvedic herbs are particularly toxic. This was not the case 1000 years ago
and before that, but the planet is now more polluted than ever. For this reason, we avoid almost all of
Herbs often function as remedies. Nutritional balancing is not about remedies, but rather about balancing the body gently and delicately, which causes most symptoms to go away. Please exercise great caution with all herbs, no matter what anyone claims about them. As a general rule, do not stay on herbs for more than a week or two. Extended use of most is not needed, and if it is needed, then one is not getting to the source of the problem. Mild herbal teas are fine, however, such as chamomile and hibiscus teas.
OTHER PROCEDURES THAT ARE PART OF NUTRITIONAL BALANCING SCIENCE
Coffee enemas: Coffee is a very yang herb, although it grows in the tropics. It grows at high altitudes, on mountain sides, which is much more yang. Coffee enemas appear to be excellent and sometimes absolutely needed for the liver/gall bladder meridian and to detoxify the liver and the large intestine.
Colonic irrigation by a professional is much more yin, so it is less recommended, though it is great to clean out the colon when one starts a nutritional balancing program, for example. These are very underrated therapies and could save millions of lives if more people did them regularly.
Sauna therapy with a near infrared lamp sauna only: This is a hot, dry, reddish therapy. It is thus very yang. It is also an excellent, powerful, comfortable, quite safe and a very effective therapy for almost everyone today. It is somewhat similar to burning moxa, but safer and easier in most cases. It appears to be very good for the spleen/pancreas meridian and to detoxify the skin and the entire body. Other subtle benefits may include adding yang energy to the body via the infrared lamps.
Relaxation and rest. As explained earlier, this is yin, but absolutely needed today. It calms down the liver energy, caused by too much iron and other toxins in the liver such as copper.
The Pushing Down Exercise: This is a very yang mental practice as it moves energy downward through the body, and this is very yang. This concept of yin and yang meditations is critical today. The pushing down exercise is about “emptying the mind”, rather than “expanding” the mind with mantras, thoughts, visualizations or images of any kind. This is a critical distinction between this exercise and most others. It is the most yang meditation I am aware of, so far. Read more about this in the article on this website entitled Pushing Down Exercise.
Studying or mental efforting. This is also yang if done correctly. The kind of material to study must be grounded and scientific. The bible also works, perhaps because it is a true story and historic information.
What does not work are cheap novels, and other fiction unless perhaps if it is very scientific in nature. Most so-called “new age” or even most Eastern spiritual reading is not as good. Such material is too often too ungrounded to be helpful. It may be “mind expanding”, but not yang enough, as far as we can tell.
Political reading and study may be okay if it is Austrian economics and free market capitalist oriented. This is a science of human behavior and nothing more. Socialist and communist material is bad, as it is often untrue. It is not science, but theory of a very yin nature because it is based on fear and anger, and most of it is a lie, which is a very yin condition.
YIN/YANG OF NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PATTERNS
More yin patterns. Four lows pattern, three lows pattern, bowl pattern, poor eliminator patterns, sympathetic dominance pattern, and double low ratio pattern are more yin.
More yang patterns. The hill pattern, coming alive pattern, settling down pattern, step down pattern, and a few others are more yang. The double patterns involving these are also usually more yang, such as the double hill, double coming alive, and double settling down patterns. These double patterns involve the first four minerals on the chart (calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium) and the second four (iron, copper, manganese and zinc). For more on this topic read The Second Four Minerals on this site.
ARTICLES ABOUT YIN AND YANG ON THIS WEBSITE