After realizing the acid and alkaline balance of my blood was associated with two opposing but dependant funtions, I soon discovered that this was only a small part of the great yin yang theory practiced for centuries in the orient.
Yin - Yang dualitaies are found not only the functioning of the physical body but are also found in everything from food to physics and nearly everything is composed of and affected by these two antagonistic but complimentary energies. Also called the Law of Polar opposites by the Geek, theses two forces have been in operation from the beginning and are in constant ebb and flow, always moving and continuously transforming each other and us in a number of ways. The Yang force is masculine or active in nature and its opposite Yin force has a feminine or passive nature that has negative or electro-magnetic properties.
In nutrition and healing, yin and yang are divided into six classifications that are used to understand the nature of the imbalance in the body so a proper course of action can be determined.
Generally speaking, the yang actions of food are warm, energizing, with a sweet or pungent flavor and are used for the treatment of yin imbalances in the body. Yin properties of food are cooling, fortifying with salty, bitter or sour flavors and are used for the treatment of yang conditions. As with any rule, there are always exceptions because one must first determine if the condition or problem is one of excess or deficiency.
The Yin and Yang of Health
Tiredness is a chronic symptom of modern life and is a yin symptom. The causes can be from any number of things such as lack of fresh air, lack of exercise, poor nutrition, not enough rest or not enough variety in our activities or variety in life. When we are feeling withdrawn or fearful we are displaying negative yin symptoms. If one craves sweet foods or drinks, candy, deserts, caffeine or other stimulants, these could be symptoms of a yin condition.
A person that is unable to slow down or rest or even get a good night’s sleep are all signs of an excessive yang condition. If you are always hyperactive and you crave more salty, spicy or hot foods than your condition is more yang in nature.
Yin and Yang of Human Nature
Yin and yang can be applied to other human qualities and characteristics. A spiritual or intellectual person has more yin traits than a person than is more practical minded and grounded. People that are physically active are said to more yang than those that are sedentary in their activities and lifestyle. If a person is angry, impatient or speaks with a loud voice they are displaying excess yang emotions or characteristics. If person is fearful, insecure or speaks with a timid or soft voice, then they are displaying an imbalance of yin in their nature. Balanced yang qualities include outgoing, active, focused and logical. Balanced yin qualities include, passive, serene, and intuitive. Keep in mind that all of us have both yin and yang qualities, energies and attributes, each to a varying degree.
Activities that are “hands on “are considered more yang than those activities such as reading, writing, inventing or discussion which are considered more yin.
Working in a group is more yins as opposed to working alone which is more yang. Lying on the beach is more yin than someone climbing a mountain which is more yang.
Yang conditions are hot and symptoms frequently accompany conditions of excess. Yin conditions of the body are cold in nature and frequently accompany symptoms of deficiency. Physical symptoms can also be identified as being either interior or exterior in nature.
Learning to Balance Yin and Yang
Being aware of yin and yang can not only help one to achieve prefect health but can able one to become more balanced by knowing, incorporating and adapting your nature to adjust for the changing situations you can regulate your energy to reduce the stress of becoming too yin or too yang . The balanced person can easily become more active or passive while at the same time remaining in clarity and stillness. This is called the “middle path” discussed in many spiritual texts and is a “merging” of these yin and yang energies within the mind and spirit.