The Ying Yang Theory

The fundamental concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the theory of Yin and Yang. One of the major beliefs is that all things in the universe are energetically either Yin or Yang. However, there are no absolutes: nothing is ever all Yin or all Yang, but a balance between the two forces. For example, when day changes into night, it is an example of a Yang phase changing into a Yin phase; when winter turns into spring; it is considered a changing from Yin to Yang.

These forces are opposite and yet complementary, and are interdependent on each other. Without Yin, there would be no Yang, and without Yang, no Yin.

Yang is generally associated with items or concepts that are bright, warm, and in motion. Yin is generally associated with objects or ideas that are dark, still and cold. Any given frame of reference can be divided into opposite factors, i.e. a Yin side and a Yang side. For instance, a human body can be divided into exterior and interior sections; the temperature can be divided into hot or cold; time can be divided into day or night; animals can divided into hot-blooded or cold-blooded, and so on.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, illness is believed to be caused by an imbalance of Yin and Yang in the body. In an excess of Yin, the Yang qi would be damaged, leading to the development of a cold disease. Excess of Yang will likewise damage Yin qi and lead to a hot disease being developed.

Acupuncture treatments are aimed at rebalancing the Yin Yang dynamics which in turn encourages the body’s natural healing process to occur.

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