If we study the Chinese zodiac system and more specifically the ultimate symbol of the Eastern Philosophy, the Yin Yang Symbol, we will notice that it refers to every aspect of human body, mind and soul. To every aspect of Life!
In this article I will try to present the causes of disease according to the Yin Yang theory. Just to get you into the flow of the article, I would first say a few words about the Yin Yang symbol/concept itself.
If we observe the symbol we see two equal parts (one black and one white). The Yin is the black part while the Yang is the white part. You can also say that Yin is female and Yang is male, Yin is darkness and Yang is light, Yin is Evil and Yang is Good but it doesn’t really matter because all these representations of Yin Yang are relative. Good and Evil is relative. What matters is that these opposing forces co-exist in everything, according to the Eastern philosophy.
The major challenge for humans would be to find their inner Balance between the Yin and the Yang side in everything, in every aspect of their life…
It’s easier than you think!
Let’s get back to the main subject of the article which is “Causes of disease according to the Yin Yang concept“… OK.
In our human body we have a series of organs, systems and characteristics etc. that can be categorized as either Yin or Yang.
In fact if you study the Deep Chinese Philosophy (almost endless….), you will be amazed with how well the Chinese new the human anatomy and how well they categorized the various parts of the human body as either Yin or Yang. But today, these modern days, one (You) must make his/her own Yin Yang classifications (based on the wisdom from ancestors)…
So let’s see some basic key elements:
1. Yin provides the structure (e.g. spiritual body-structure) while Yang means function and movement (continuous movements and reactions in our body).
2. The hollow organs which are responsible for transforming substances in and out of our body are considered Yang. The solid human organs used mainly for collecting, analyzing and storing substances are considered as Yin.
3. The Supreme Feng Shui Energy (QI) that channels positive/healing energy through our body is classified as Yang while the blood is Yin.
4. Some philosophers say that the physical human body is Yang while the spiritual body (soul) driven mostly by our subconscious mind is Yin.
And as the Chinese thinkers divided the human body and its parts (in such detail) into Yin and Yang, in the same manner, all diseases involving the human body and soul are also categorized as either Yin or Yang disturbances, thus affecting us physically or mentally (disturbance = balance disturbance).
Let’s see some common health situations and their causes in association with Yin and Yang theory:
Before that a reminder:
In general terms, the external causes of disease are Yang while the internal causes of disease are Yin.
To better understand this, here are some examples:
[YANG] causes of illness:
All physical traumas especially those that can be seen with naked eye. Cuts, burns, fractures all have Yang causes. Moreover, organic factors like bacteria, viruses are also classified as Yang. To fight illness caused by disturbance in Yang energy you can use traditional medicine, alternative medicine or any other Yang type medicine (for example if you take a painkiller to heal your wounded leg, this is mostly a Yang treatment). Your goal is to balance the Yang disturbance.
[YIN] causes of illness:
The Yin energy hits our emotional or spiritual world (mostly). All conditions related to our Emotions like sadness, anxiety, depression are considered as Yin illness. They disturb the Yin balance bringing forth the disease. According to classic medicine all psychosomatic disease can be considered as Yin mostly… Yin balance can be disturb if you are feeling too stressful or you are afraid of illness itself (then this could lead to disease).
[YIN YANG] Transformational Disease:
Before I close this article let me emphasize that all health situations are constantly changing as the Yin Yang changes and everything in our world and Universe is constantly moving and changing… A disease might change for the better or for the worse. Most importantly it can be transformed from a Yin illness to a Yang one and vice versa! An extreme but common example is the Yin condition known as “High Blood Pressure” which can be transformed to the Yang condition known as “Stroke or Heart Attack”.
So the question you have I guess is: “So, how to fight illness using the Yin Yang theory?”…
Well, first of all you should try to learn as much as possible about the Yin Yang theory itself before attempting to use this particular philosophy to heal wounds of the body and soul… Here’s a very very useful (and highly recommended) Yin Yang Balance report that will give you a lot of useful insight regarding the Yin Yang symbol/concept. Did I mentioned its free?
It’s one of those freebies that only people like astrologer Duan Minh provide for free! It would be very unfair not to mention her name and her Chinese astrology website in this article, because she is the one who freely and humbly taught me everything I know today about Eastern philosophy, Chinese horoscope, the Luni-Solar Calendar etc. And I am not the only one who has received help and guidance from this Lady.
Anyway (citing resources is a must in the network if I am right)…
Returning to how to heal the wounds using the Yin Yang principles…
Well, the idea (theory) is simple to comprehend but not too easy to implement. But let’s give it a try!
What does Yin Yang symbolizes?
Hmmm, among others the Eternal Balance between the Light and the Darkness. Right? In our case the Balance between Great Health and Disease.
Then what YOU should do, is try to achieve this balance in every aspect of your life! Especially in those areas that involve your health. If you want to have strong health then learn the Yin Yang properties of foods and balance the two sides so you eat both Yin and Yang foods (our nutrition/diet is the mirror of our physical and mental health)…
Also, find the Yang properties of the things you do every day and balance them in Yin Yang terms.
For example jogging in the open park near the trees and the green, is considered Yang, while exercising in the gym can be classified as Yin… (Yang=external – Yin=internal) – If you spend too much time on your computer, then you can try to classify websites or computer tasks as either Yin or Yang… You would be surprised with how many people consider their computer tasks as spiritual tasks!
If you find it difficult to make all these categorizations, then you need to enhance your knowledge on the subject. Again, I recommend this free Yin-Yang Balance report (pdf). I hope you enjoyed this article/editorial. Thanks for reading!
I wish you good luck and great health!