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So, yin and yang. What exactly is the difference between the two, specifically, yin? Hi, my
name is Mark Brinson, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Physical Medicine Specialist, and Human Performance
Specialist. When we talk about the yin of the body, yin cannot exist without yang to
balance it out. Yang is the activities of the body, but yin is the fluids of the body.
Now, there's a lot of confusion about the actual fluids of the body. Many people think
of it as the hydration that you might have, so drinking more water will help. In reality,
drinking water doesn't really have that much of an effect on it at all. It's more like
the fluids that are in the joint spaces, the neurotransmitters, the hormones that you produce.
All of the functional fluids that are your storehouses for all the activities you're
going to do during the day, so sometimes they can be nourished by foods. Good ones for that,
might be watermelon, pear, dairy products, pork. Those can nourish some of the fluids
of the body. They can also be influenced by herbs or acupuncture treatments. Essentially,
you have to be careful with yin, especially in today's society, because when you have
something that produces a lot of energy in the body, without calories, such as caffeine,
recreational drugs, or anything that's a stimulant. It has to pull that from those functional
fluids, so if you've ever seen anybody that's done a lot of drugs, or abused their body
for years and years, and years. What you're seeing is a really, really bad yin deficiency,
so especially if you're going to have any caffeine or stimulants, make sure that you
keep your yin nourished,and if you need any help with that, make sure you consult your
herbalist, your Doctor of Oriental Medicine, or a good nutritionist. My name is Mark Brinson,
Doctor of Oriental Medicine,wishing you a balanced day.