Beware of Chinese herbal companies that seduce the public into buying Jing tonics online, because unawareness of the precise sign & symptom indications for Jing tonics may lead to problems. As we age and experience psycho-emotional & physical stressors, we inherently need Yin tonics (rest & repair, anabolism support) AND Jing protection, conservation or restoration. The right Jing tonic depends on ones constitution & presentation, diet & lifestyle. Digestion, Liver & Spleen usually need support before Jing is can be effectively supplemented.
Jing must be very well understood in both Eastern & Western medical paradigms in order to identify a problem then affectively & appropriately manipulate it, with Taoist masters saying that Jing is actually quite easy to maintain, store & restore:
In Chinese Medicine terms“Jing is the primal life force in living beings. It is our genetic stock that determines the power of our life. It is a fundamental determinant of our potential for a long life. A person with an abundance of Jing will most likely be healthy, strong and resilient, and can achieve great longevity. Unfortunately, Jing is depleted by life itself” (Teeguarden, 2014). Postnatal Jing (constitution, epigenetics) replenishes Prenatal Jing (genetics).
In Western terms Jing is the ability for growth & developmental processes at what some believe to be the DNA genetic & epigenetic level - including methylation problems & polymorphism (defects or SNPs in enzyme action on DNA to drive key metabolic pathways). Functional Medicine is revealing the parallels between methylation & SNPs and the concepts of Jing. Many of the corrective FM nutraceuticals are inherent to Jing-supplementing Chinese herbals!
Signs of Jing deficiency in the young include delayed growth & development, late menarche, birth defects, skeletal deformity, delayed fontanel closure, mental retardation, learning disability, and sluggish movement in infants. Adults presentations include low vitality & libido, early menopause, premature aging, infertility & impotence, spontaneous seminal emission/ejaculation, leukorrhea, lumber soreness, dizziness & light headedness, tinnitus, qi & blood deficiency (especially postpartum), scanty lactation, muscle atrophy, pallor etc. Excess sexual activity depletes Jing in males, while pregnancy & childbirth depletes it in females. Stress & stimulants (e.g. certain medications, recreational drugs) deeply deplete Jing. Habitual marijuana use deranges Jing in a unique way. Jing is also apparent in ones physiognomy (facial features, palette & tongue, eyes, ears etc.).
No one herbal, food or supplement has all the nutrients to support Jing–rather a broad range of foods and substances are used. Omnivorous substances are so important to Jing in Chinese Medicine (perhaps due to the history of famine in China). And there are a handful of substances & foods that strongly, quickly & definitively support Jing-supplementing concepts according to modern research:
Cereal Grasses (barley, wheatgrass) are rich in Omega 3s and P4D1 (a fraction that repairs damaged DNA strands of nucleic acid sequences).
Micro-algae (e.g. chlorella, blue-green algae) are the densest source of nucleic acids.
Fish. Salmon and trout skin contains Omega 3 fatty acids (DHA & EPA). Sardines & mackerel are especially concentrated DNA nucleic acids.
Placenta (deer, goat, or sheep) is the strongest Jing tonic for postpartum women, growth & developmental delay in the young, wasting & debility in elders, and recovery from chronic ills. Its complex chemical composition includes:
(Shude Jia; Jiaju Zhou, Guirong Xie & Xinjian Yano; Placenta Remedies Network, Afterbirth Anywhere; Dragon Herbs).
All Dairy Supplements Jing!
Similar in energetics to human mother’s milk, dairy also has a long tradition of use for general deficiency, building yin, and moistening dryness when of impeccable quality & tolerance. Culturing, warming, and spicing breaks down lactose & casein in milk; and preparation methods impacts the digestibility of milk, eggs & butter - making them better for the Spleen (generating less Dampness & Phlegm):
Raw Milk is superior in many regards. 1) It is alkalinizing (less Dampness & Phlegm). 2) Homogenization increases infiltration of Xanthene, which damages arterial walls and increases the risk of atherosclerotic plaque. 3) Low heat pasteurization degrades lycine & tyrosine and makes casein (milk protein) hard to assimilate. Scalding/boiling pasteurized cow milk rectifies the protein for assimilation. Pasteurized goat milk does not need to be scalded to rectify the proteins. 4) Low fat milk is a useless source of calcium -the fat & protein make calcium bioavailable. Note that ancient cows produced a low quantity of high quality dairy compared to the high quantity of lower quality dairy form modern bred cows.
Organic Free-range Eggs contain fatty acids, vitamin E, and choline (lecithin) – brain nourishing. Choline is what moves cholesterol through vessels to prevent atherosclerosis. Over cooking eggs denatures choline- so pouched eggs as medicine! Eggs are the perfect yin/yang food. The whites are cooling & lubricating. The yolk is warm, sweet & salty to build blood and Jing. The shell ground & toasted, and then soaked in sweet Saki or ACV provides calcium & magnesium (1 Tbsp of the slurry daily). Calcium absorption & assimilation requires protein, magnesium phosphorous, and vitamins A, C, D – all present in eggs!
Ghee or Clarified Butter (and almond milk) nourishes the “3 Ojos” which is the Ayurvedic model of health & longevity (essence, constitution, and vitality). Regular butter contains fat, and milk solids. Ghee is just butterfat- the milk solids are caramelized then filtered out. Compared to butter, when Ghee is consumed regularly it actually lowers LDL, VLD & triglycerides, and protects from arteriosclerosis. Ghee is a medium-chained fatty acid, which the Liver LOVES to keep it supple! Make Ghee at home from organic butter, or purchase a commercial product.
Other Jing Enhancers
These include nettles, royal jelly & bee pollen, Dodder seed, cordyceps, Prepared rehmannia, He shou wu, deer antler (Lu rong), Ci wu jia & Wu jai pi. Black-colored foods with salty flavors guide to the kidney and conserve Jing (e.g. Black Silkie chicken, mussel, black beans, dark miso, black salt etc). Changing lifestyle & habits to stop the leaking Jing, and Spiritual Practices transform Jing into shen (consciousness) and qi (metabolic processes).
Jing & B6 Deficiency in Vegans/ Vegetarians
Vegetarians/vegans are likely deficient in Vitamin B6, which is essential at the genetic epigenetic level. WHY? Because certain plant foods are rich in a B6 analog (e.g. chickpeas) that is not very bioavailable and its conversion to metabolically active B6 (P5P) is actually impeded by a strictly plant-based diet (yet enhanced by a mixed plant-omnivorous diet). The omnivorous B6 analog is most bioavailable.
All analog forms of dietary B6 are significantly denatured during cooking by up to 50% or more depending on the preparation method or cooking time (see B Vitamin Stress Tabs). I have found that patients who have a superficial or anecdotal understanding of how to properly implement their vegetarian/vegan lifestyles frequently have signs or symptoms of Jing deficiency in some form or another.
Healing with Whole Food By Paul Pitchford