There are a number of reasons that you might find yourself over heating. But, if you find that this is happening around late afternoon\early evening and into night time then this Acupuncture Diet could help you.

Acupuncture Diet To Cool Down

There is an internal moistening, cooling and nourishing ‘energy’ in a person. This energy is know as Yin. If you find yourself overheating it could well be due to a ‘Yin Deficiency’. So what are the over heating signs that tend to show your Yin has been depleted?


Symptoms Of Yin Deficiency

  • Feeling restless and anxious
  • Having night sweats
  • Feeling hot in the early evening
  • Having night time sweats
  • Having hot hands and feet at night time (you might feel you want to stick your legs out from under the blanket at night time!!)
  • Waking frequently during the night
  • Having a dry mouth and throat (you might feel like taking frequent sips of cold water)
  • Having stronger smelling and darker urine than normal
  • Getting headaches around your temples
As you can see, Yin deficiency leads to an internal heat developing. But, there’s more to Yin than just these symptoms. Yin is extremely important in fertility as well.


Yin’s Involvement In Fertility

If your acupuncturist has suggested trying to nourish your Yin as part of a fertility program, it’s because your Kidney Yin is involved in most things leading up to an including Ovulation (The follicular stage of the menstrual cycle). Yin is involved in:

  • Stimulating a woman’s follicles to develop
  • Helping her follicles to grow and develop into an healthy egg
  • Thickening her uterine lining
  • Secreting Fertile Mucus
  • Releasing nourishment to maintain a pregnancy
  • Developing and maturing a man’s sperm




How Can You Build Your Yin Back Up?

There are a number of ways to build a depleted Yin back up and cool yourself down mentally and physically. These involve attention to inner calm and diet. Here are some obvious – but worthwhile – examples:

  • Relaxation (Down time from work, meditation)
  • Gentle exercise (Gentle walks in serene natural environments, Yoga, Tai Chi)
  • Regular well balanced (nutritionally) meals
Here are some things to limit:
  • Trying to fit too much into one day
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • Not having regular meals
  • Not eating a balanced diet
  • Not eating enough because you’re ‘dieting’
  • Long hours in front of computer screens \ electrical machinery without regular breaks
  • Stimulating foods and drink (coffee, very spicy food)

As we are talking about diet in the main, lets concentrate on that!


What To Put In Your Mouth

Select from the following categories to build up your Yin and cool down.



  • Aduki
  • Black Bean
  • Kidney Bean
  • Lima Bean
  • Mung Bean
  • Soybean (black)
  • Tofu
  • Essentially all dark-coloured beans


  • None specific to condition
  • Ensure well hydrated – 8+ glasses of liquid NOT containing sugar, salt or caffeine


  • Cheese
  • Egg (chicken, duck)
  • Milk


  • Abalone
  • Clam (fresh and saltwater)
  • Crab
  • Cuttlefish
  • Octopus
  • Oyster
  • Shark
  • Fish eggs


  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Lemon/Lime
  • Mango
  • Mulberry
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Watermelon


  • Barley
  • Spelt
  • Millet

Herbs & Spices

  • Marjoram
  • Nettle


  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Goose
  • Kidney (pork)
  • Pigeon
  • Pork
  • Rabbit

Nuts & Seeds

  • Coconut Milk
  • Pine Kernel
  • Sesame (black and white)
  • Walnut

Oils & Condiments

  • None specific to condition


  • Ginseng
  • Royal Jelly


  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Kelp
  • Mungbean Sprout
  • Nori
  • Plantain
  • Potato
  • Tomato
  • Water Chestnut
  • Yam
  • Spring Beans


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