| Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung, Kidney
|| Gall Bladder, Small Intestine, Stomach,
Large Intestine, Bladder
| metabolic fluids
|| metabolic heat
Yin and Yang Theory:
Chinese concept, Yin and Yang Theory, explains all phenomena in terms of two
opposites. Originally, the word YIN meant "shadow", i.e. something
dark, cool, weak, quiet, or negative. YANG originally meant
"sunshine", i.e. bright, warm, strong, active or positive.
of our bodies can be categorized into Yin and Yang. When we inhale and extend
our chest to fill our lungs, we are in the Yang phase and when we exhale and
empty our lungs we are in the Yin phase. Food taken into our body is considered
Yin compared to the Yang metabolic activity of transforming it into essence and
organs of the body are Yin in relationship to the exposed skin which is Yang.
However within the different organs we can again differentiate between Yin and
Yang organs. The hollow organs which perform the task of digestion and
elimination are considered Yang and the solid organs which perform a storage
function are considered Yin .
corresponds to the basal metabolic state. A healthy body will stay warm during
sleep or during complete rest. Yang deficiency shows as lack of warmth, cold
hands, feet, no desire for cold drinks, pale complexion, low energy especially
Yin and the Yang are properly balanced in the body, we experience a state of
well-being. In the course of the day, the balance has to be constantly achieved
by nurturing the Yin and expanding the Yang.
work, excessive exercise, partying or other Yang activities, the Yin is
depleted in the body, resulting in muscle, joint, bone, heart or kidney
problems. Further signs of Yin depletion are difficulties in falling asleep,
hot palms and hot soles, or heat sensation in the face, especially in the
on nurturing Yin by sitting quietly, resting, meditating, reading for long
periods of time without expending energy (Yang) through exercise, can cause a
Yang lifelessness, i.e. lethargy and possibly muscle weakness.
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