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Yin Yang and Chinese Medicine

Yin-Yang is the single most important and distinctive theory of Chinese Medicine. The concept of yin-yang is simple but also very profound. Most Chinese medical physiology and pathology/treatment can eventually be reduced to Yin-Yang theory.

The concept of Yin and Yang is thought to come from early observations of reoccurring cyclical events in nature, such as the alternation of day and night and the seasonal changes seen throughout a year.The Chinese characters that represent Yin and Yang are translated as the shady side of a hill and sunny side of the hill; once again two different aspects of the same hill. The familiar symbol of Yin and Yang the “Tai Ji” also represents similar ideas; dynamic balance and interdependence between Yin and Yang. On the technical side: Yin and Yang are opposing parts of the same item like the heads and tails of a coin. Also Yin and Yang are interdependent and cannot be separated from each other, once again like the two sides of a coin. Yin and Yang can transform into the other. A good example of this is the transformation of day into night and night into day.

Together with “Qi” (energy), Yin-Yang theory has permeated Chinese philosophy over many centuries and is very different from Western philosophical ideas.

In general, Western Logic is based upon the opposition of contraries. Contrary statements such as the chair is blue and the chair is not blue cannot both be true.The Chinese concept of Yin-Yang is radically different to this system of thought: Yin and Yang represent opposite but complementary qualities so contrary statements can both be true……different and yet the same.

Now you’re probably thinking; this may be really interesting but what does it have to do with me.The dynamic balance between our Yin-Yang energy is the key to maintaining good health. By understanding the environmental influences that affect these energies we can live more harmonious, healthy lives.

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Author – Jim Burnis is a local Gold Canyon Acupuncturist – —480-671-5178 , contact Jim Burnis.

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