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The Importance Of Yin & Yang In Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine can be quite complicated for people who have relied on Western medicine for a long time. Don’t the planets revolve around the Sun and doesn’t each of them have their own moons that orbit around them? Isn’t our own Milky Way a lenticular type of galaxy that spins like a giant cartwheel in space?

Let’s take a look at our Earth. In summer, it gets very hot in many places but when you fetch water from a well, the water is quite cool. In winter, this planet tends to get cold on both the northern and southern hemispheres. The well’s water may be frozen in winter, but in caves and deep excavations sites where miners work, the temperature can become extremely hot. Plants grow and blossom in spring but lose most of their leaves in autumn. Aren’t these mysteries of Nature an indication that there are dual forms of energy on earth which are flowing and transforming each other?

This invitation to observe the earth and the universe is not an exhortation to study or learn astronomy, but to show that while the flowing movements within the human body are invisible to the naked human eye, traditional Chinese medicine in Vancouver can only have recourse to analogy with the universe to assist people in understanding and perceiving the internal mechanisms of the human body.

The ancient Chinese were aware of these phenomena and since man is a product of Mother Nature, he is also subject to her laws. There are circulating movements in the human body similar to those of the planets in our solar system. The Chinese espoused a viewpoint of “harmony between human beings and the natural environment”, of which the easiest example is that a person essentially enjoys good health if he wakes up for work with the rising of the sun and goes home to rest with the setting of the sun.

This observation of humans made the ancient Chinese realize that the circulating movements within the human body depend on energy, known as yin and yang, that this energy is a dual force the flows in a linear direction and that the human body enjoys good health if the two forms of energy that completely change into each other in circulating movements are equal and if such equality is lacking, the human body is likely to suffer from certain types of disease.

What is “Chi”?

We all are aware that air is invisible but we sense its power whenever a typhoon passes by? The ancient Chinese suspected that air must be made of matter that carried energy. They concluded that since man depended on water, food, and inhaled air for the energy needed by their bodies, this energy is generated by these three factors. In traditional Chinese medicine, this energy is called “blood and chi.” The circular movements inside the human body for sustaining the equality between yin and yang is based on the invisible energy of chi and the energy of visible blood for momentum. This may also be depicted as the mechanical activities of viscera such as the kidneys, traditionally manifested as “kidney chi”. Chi is the term that denotes the vital energy within a person – his life-power.

Written by Valerie

January 15th, 2019 at 4:19 am