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Acupuncture Saratoga Springs and the Body’s Yin and Yang

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In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), yin and yang are two opposite principles in nature that oppose and complement each other at the same time.  Generally, anything that moves, ascends, gives brilliance, evolves and is hyperactive relates to yang.  The state of quietness, descent, darkness, devolution or degeneration and hypoactivity, relates to yin.

In short, the principles of yin and yang relate to the duality existing in the universe, most lucidly seen in the duality of electricity: the positive and negative charge.  Yin and yang underlies TCM dogma to explain the physiological function and pathological activities of the human body and to serve as guide for diagnosis of treatment.

The theory of yin and yang states that the human body is the whole aggregate of the sum of its parts and there is an interconnection between all tissues and structures. Each of the tissues and structures has both the opposite aspects of yin and yang in them.

TCM believes that the body from the waist up is associated with yang and that below relates to yin; the body’s exterior associates with yang, while the interior relates to yin; the back is yang’s domain while the front, yin’s; and the lateral aspect of the body is governed by yang while the medial is governed by yin.

The zang-fu organs also have yin and yang aspects.  Zang corresponds to the organs that are yin in nature.  Fu corresponds to the yang-oriented organs.  All these organs themselves can again be classified into yin or yang.  Thus, there is a heart yin and a heart yang, a kidney yin and a kidney yang, a liver yin and a liver yang and so forth.

A healthy body means a balance of yin and yang.  An imbalance leads to the occurrence and the development of a disease.  If the disease is caused by yang imbalance, a cold syndrome results. This manifests as chills, cold extremities, tastelessness, inability to feel thirst, paleness, sudden profuse sweating, frequent urination, loose stool or pale tongue.

Yin deficiency, then leads to a heat syndrome, which manifests as fevers in the late afternoons and early evenings, irritability, sleeplessness, night sweats, dry mouth and throat, oliguria, dry stool, red tongue with scant white coating or a rapid pulse.

Acupuncture Saratoga Springs treatment and herbal medicine resets yin and yang to their state of balance. Usually, treatment for heat syndromes means application of herbs of a “cold” nature. Cold syndromes are treated with herbs with a “hot” nature.  Acupuncture works both ways in that meridians that designate the areas of yin or yang deficiencies are treated with specific needles designed to balance the cold and hot nature of these two principles.

Written by Valerie

February 25th, 2011 at 10:25 am