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Yin and Yang

Yin, Yang, Qi, fire in yer kidneys, snowballs in yer gizzard etc...

Post Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:05 am

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Location: Rexburg, Idaho
I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the direction to find which herbs are yin and which are yang.

If no one knows of source, do you know the yin or yang of the following herbs?
Brigham Tea, Ephedra spp
Licorice, Glycyrrhiza lepidota
Dandelion, Taraxacum oficinale
Calendula offincinalis

Post Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:49 pm
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annett wrote:
I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the direction to find which herbs are yin and which are yang.

If no one knows of source, do you know the yin or yang of the following herbs?
Brigham Tea, Ephedra spp Yang
Licorice, Glycyrrhiza lepidota Yin
Dandelion, Taraxacum oficinale Yin
Calendula offincinalis Yang


Michael Tierra's book The Way of Chinese Herbs talks about such things. It won't have many western herbs in it though. Most herb books will mention if the herb is "warming (yang) or Cooling (yin). Michael Tierra's The Way of Herbs has those designations.

Post Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:17 pm

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Location: Rexburg, Idaho
Thank you so much!

Post Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:41 pm

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Location: Rexburg, Idaho
The book by Michael Tierra is terrific. There is no mention of elder in it.

I found one place that says elder flowers are yang and berries are yin.

Can anyone clarify for me the yin and yang of elder?

Post Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:57 pm
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The berry is definitely yin in it's behavior in my experience. I'd also agree that the leaves are more yang.
The flower is also pretty strong yin IMO.

Post Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:46 pm

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Location: Rexburg, Idaho
Thank you. This is very helpful. I've been trying to keep the yin and yang in mind as I think of what is best for myself and my family and have found this to definitely be therapeutic.


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