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Yin/Yang Correspondences
 Yin  Yang
The Universe
 earth  heaven
 moon  sun
 midnight  midday
 winter  summer
 cold  hot
 wet  dry
 dark  light
 hidden  revealed
 dense  porous
 hard  soft
 heavy  light
 sugars  meats
 fruits  dairy
The Body
 Liver,  Heart,  Spleen,  Lung,  Kidney  Gall  Bladder,  Small  Intestine,  Stomach,  Large  Intestine,  Bladder
 Blood  Ch'i
 metabolic  fluids  metabolic  heat
 anabolism  catabolism
 cold  heat
 decline/death  birth/growth

Yin and Yang Theory:

   An ancient 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.

   All functions 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 energy.

   The internal 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 .

   Yang also 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 at night.

   If the 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.

   Through excessive 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 afternoon.

   Over-focusing 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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