Deeper than Plants: Tissue States and Why They Matter Part 3

Soon, Ivy's Tea Co. will be open for consultations and custom blends. What does this mean to you? It means when you want help from someone on staff at Ivy's Tea Co., we'll have to get all up in your business. Like Monica said, "Don't take it personal."

As we get closer, we'll be asking questions about your body. Those questions are to help us find out more about you from the inside out. A key to deciding just what the heck is going on with you is by way of deciding your tissue state. Don't know what that is? Keep on reading, shawdy.

There are six different tissue states:

  1. Excitation (Hot)
  2. Depression (Cold)
  3. Atrophy (Dry) 
  4. Stagnation (Damp)
  5. Constriction
  6. Relaxation

In this blog, we'll be talking about #3: The Atrophy/Dry Tissue State.

A dry tissue state means there's a lack of moisture in your tissues. An atrophy tissue state means there's a lack of nutrition to the tissues, so they are weak, wasting or withering. Either way, things ain't lookin too good champ. Dryness can cause atrophy, dryness can also exist on its own without atrophy for quite a while.

If you're not getting enough oil or water into your body or your body isn't able to contain the fluids it has or there's a lack of nutrients in your diet, then you can cause your atrophy in your tissues. Without fluids, you're unable to transport nutrients throughout your body and in the midst of all of this, you can have a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, which could be burning up the vital fluids you do have. We talked about the importance of self-care back in November and I feel compelled to call on you to put some of those self-care remedies into practice if you aren't already. If your self-care is where it needs to be, then you probably have nothing to worry about.

Now, this ain't Google - I don't want you reading this blog and thinking something is wrong with you, but I do want you take a look at the signs of dryness and atrophy:

  • Dry, wrinkled, withered tissues
  • Hair loss
  • General weakness
  • Excessive urination
  • Gas, bloating, constipation, hard stools

So, check yourself out, if you notice that you've got exceptionally dry skin, hair, nails or mucosa, constipation with really hard dry stools, or your tongue is thin and dry or you see cracks, stiff joints, or a general feeling of brittlness in your body - call your doctor. This calls for you to regularly look in the mirror and check yourself out - not for vain purposes, but for real life purposes. Act like an adult for once.

Fix It

  1. Add more water to your diet - soft water that's not too alkaline. I don't care what they told you about alkaline water. 
  2. Don't just use herbs to stimulate secretion - you don't want to overdo it and cause more fluid loss.
  3. Build fluids using adaptogens and sweet tonics; contribute fluids using demulcents; contribute oils using plants with lipids or fixed oils; or hold fluids with astringent or salty herbs.

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