Jing is your reserve or adaptive energy and has two facets; yin jing and yang jing.
Yin jing is about restoring, replenishing, resting, recuperating and rejuvenating. It’s the aspect of jing that is about building you back up again. Yang jing is about mental, sexual and athletic power; putting yourself out there. So yin jing is about building and storing energy, and yang jing is about ‘spending’ that energy, using it for action and creation in the world.
It’s important to replenish yourself and build up your reserves before pushing yourself out there. For this reason, it’s best to focus on the yin jing herbs first. Yin Jing herbs are about repairing your energy when you’re run down, building up your reserves so that you feel like you have a little extra so that you’re not operating on the edge of collapse all the time.
Yang jing herbs are for when, having gotten your reserves back up, you want to put yourself out in the world. Maybe you want to create something; a baby, a business, or getting to the next level. So yin jing is building your energy up inside, yang jing is about pushing it out externally into the world.
When working with a client, I tend usually to start with building reserves of yin jing with yin jing tonic herbs. That’s because it’s so fundamental, and necessary to the working of just about everything else. If your yin jing reserves are depleted, nothing else you do in terms of improving your health will work so well. Yin jing herbs help give your body the means to detoxify, to hydrate or to be ready for whatever comes next, in life or in terms of your health program.
My favourite jing herbs are schizandra, dendrobium and ho she wu.
Schizandra is my all time favourite tonic herb. It works on every system of the body. Although it is especially good as yin jing herb, it’s actually good for everything. Best of all, it helps you to hold on to your reserves. If you rest and relax and sleep but still don’t feel you have recovered, then from a Taoist perspective what is happening is that you’re leaking energy. Schizandra is great at helping to stop that happening. Biochemically speaking, it helps cells to hold their charge and to hold on to minerals and hydration that might otherwise be lost in excretion. Dendrobium helps to hydrate you as well as build up your reserves of energy. Ho she wu is primarily an energy-reserve-building herb that helps with repair.
My favourite yang jing herbs include eucommia, cordyceps and polyrachis ant. Eucommia is a sort of sticky bark that is particularly good for bones, connective tissue and reproductive organs. Cordyceps is good for endurance and confidence, sometimes used for improving athletic performance. Polyrachis is powerful for remineralisation because it’s packed with minerals especially zinc and is also good for endurance and confidence.
The easiest way to get results is to go for a good quality herb blend. Lion Heart Herbs’ Rejuvenate is an excellent yin jing blend.
Rejuvenate is a good blend no matter what stage you’re at. Can you ever be too youthful or too repaired or too recovered? Not in our stressful modern lives. Even if you’re centred and present and generally chilled, Rejuvenate is still helpful.
A great yang jing blend is Lion Heart Herbs’ Strength formula.
Strength blend is a combination of chi herbs and yang jing herbs. These are put together because both chi and ying jang have similar effects; they give you vitality and action energy. If you are very depleted, stick with the Rejuvenate, but if you choose you could use both Rejuvenate and Strength as the two work well together. You can even put both into the same cup.
As an experiment, just to see what happens, try having both regularly over the course of the next 2 to 3 months. This is very helpful especially if you do feel depleted.
As with all of the instant extract powders, dosage is simple. Start with half to one teaspoon added to hot water or food. If you want you can build up the dosage to 2 teaspoons if you wish.
If you are a person who often feels fatigue and lives with low energy levels, there is good news! You may be someone who could benefit from including Taoist Herbal Teas to your daily routine to increase your energy reserves, or jing, and begin living a more active life!
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.
Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.