Deficient Cold

Key Insight
from yang deficiency, excess physical work
Physical connection
Cold hands and feetNeed warm drinksWake night urinationdull pale complexionsweatingdeficient slow pulseThin White Coatpale tongue
Physical Symptom
Illnesses
Waking up at night to go to the toilet, difficulty holding in urine, feel very tired, listless, aimless, lack will power, difficulty asserting themselves
Psych (excess)
Psych (deficient)
Related Principle
More specific principle
Type
Specifics
Lesson
results from yang deficiency
Look for
waking up at night to go to the toilet, difficulty holding in urine, they feel very tired, listless, aimless, lack will power
Questions to ask
Pulse position

Deficient Cold is much more common and occurs when the Yang Qi is weak leaving the body ‘unheated’. People often first start feeling cold in the hands and feet, but later may feel cold all over.

Commonly they prefer drinking warm drinks because they need to warm up inside. Usually they have urinary signs – waking up at night to go to the toilet, difficulty holding in urine, they feel very tired, listless, aimless, lack will power, and have difficulty asserting themselves. Other signs include a dull pale complexion, possible sweating, a deficient-slow pulse, and a thin white coat on a pale tongue. Pain is less notable.

• Excessive physical work

• Diet, i.e. inadequate consumption of hot foods

• Excessive sexual activity (Kidney-Yang)

• Internal Cold injuring Yang

Comparison between Full-Cold and Empty-Cold

NameEmpty ColdFull-Cold
Face
Dull white
Bright white
Bowels
Worse after bowel movement
Better after bowel movement
Pain
Dull, better on pressure
Sharp, worse on pressure
Tongue
Thin white coating
Thick white coating
Pulse
weak, slow, deep
Full, tight, deep