Yin And Yang And The Five Element Theory
What do yin and yang and the five element theory have in common? They are both intrinsic parts of the Traditional Chinese medicine that millions rely on in China and several hundreds of thousands of individuals all over the USA and other parts of the world have come to understand and utilize.
The Five Elements:
The five element theory relates all energy and substance to one of the five elements: water, fire, wood, metal (air) and earth. Each one of the mentioned elements corresponds to one of the five organ networks within the body, as well as the five seasons, five climates, five personality types and other associations. All of these associations are a part of the repeating cycles of birth, growth, maturation, harvest and decay.
Water is associated with the color black, the organs kidneys and bladder, the tissue bones, the sense organs are the ears and the taste is salty.
Wood is associated with the color blue/green and the organs liver and gall bladder, the tissue is nerves and the sense organ - eyes and the taste is sour.
Fire is associated with the color red, the heart, small intestine, blood vessels, the tongue and the taste is bitter.
The earth is the color yellow, the associated organs are the spleen and the stomach, the tissue is muscles and the sense organ is the mouth with the taste being sweet.
Metal (air) is associated with the color white and the organs lungs and large intestine with the tissue skin and the senses the nose and sinuses and the taste is spicy.
The five element theory is seen in acupuncture in how adjustment and realignment is established by the flow of Qi throughout the body.
The body assists itself to become readjusted to the healing process. Pain and related symptoms are reduced or even eliminated altogether through the efforts of acupuncture. The immune system becomes strengthens and each of the body's organ systems become revitalized.
The Yin and Yang:
Yin and Yang are two opposites in life examples are light and dark, front and back, up and down, in and out, hot and cold, birth and death. One cannot exist without the other. If one of the opposite pairs becomes stronger than the other there is not harmony and the other becomes weaker. One can replace the other, but they both cannot exist at the same time. One transforms into the other. Night transforms into the new day; and day eventually gives way to night.
The physical world has many examples of yin and yang. In nature we have feminine and masculine qualities. Rest is equally as important as activity and soft just as important as hard. There is need for both shade and brightness. We must have the sun and the moon, the earth and heaven.
There is always a balance between yin and yang. Nothing is ever all yin or all yang. The human body has the same occurrence of opposites (inside and outside, soft and hard, wet and dry). The human body has organs that are also yin and yang. The liver is mostly yang while the kidneys are mostly yin. There is a balance within the body that maintains the health of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that illness is a result of an imbalance between the yin and the yang of the body.
Treatment of disease is the result of restoring the depleted yin or yang and restoring balance. This restoration is brought about by way of different approaches including acupuncture, herbal therapies exercise and also diet changes.