The Meaning of Deficiency and excess

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Deficiency and excess are terms used to describe the relationship between the strength of a pathogen and the proportional strength of anti-pathogenic qi. An excess condition exists when a pathogenic factor is hyperactive compared to normal anti-pathogenic qi.In contrast de? Ciency is present when anti-pathogenic qi is being consumed.Treatment will aim at either promoting anti-pathogenic qi in the case of deficiency, or eliminating the pathogenic factor in the case of excess.
Deficiency may be of either yin, yang, blood, or qi.De? ciency of yin gives heat symptoms while deficiency of yang gives cold symptoms.De? ciency of qi is seen after a long illness especially and shows as general lassitude.There may be spontaneous sweating due to the inability of qi to control the pores. De? ciency of blood is normally due to weakness in the spleen and stomach. Because blood is unable to reach the head the patient often experiences dizziness, and lack of blood to the heart may give palpitations.
General signs of deficiency include lassitude and weight loss, weak breathing, pallor, and night sweats.Where pain is present it is alleviated by pressure (see Chapter 4). The tongue is dry with little coating.Excess shows as agitation, rapid breathing, distension and fullness in the chest.Where pain is present it is aggravated by pressure.The tongue coating is thick and sticky.

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