THE WEB THAT HAS NO WEAVER: TED KAPTCHUK

OUTLINE CHAPT 1: INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE MEDICINE
Dr. Jakubowski

YIN-YANG THEORY:
UNDERLYING LOGIC OF CHINESE MEDICAL THEORY

Way to describe how things function in relation to each other in the Universe. Also represent a way of thinking.

Yin: (originally) shady side of slope. Associated with cold, rest, responsiveness, passivity, darkness, interior, downwardness, inwardness, decrease

Yang: (originally) sunny side of slope. Associated with heat, stimulation, movement, activity, excitement, vigor, exterior, upward, outward, increase

5 PRINCIPLES OF YIN/YANG

  1. All things have two aspects: Yin and Yang
time - night and day; place - earth and heaven; species - male and female; temperature - hot and cold. Opposites but describe relative aspects of same phenomena. Illnesses characterized by weakness, slowness, coldness, underactivity are Yin. Strength, movement, heat, overactivity are Yang 
  1. Any Yin or Yang aspect can be further divided in Yin and Yang
  2. Yin and Yang mutually create each other
although they can be distinguished, they cannot be separated from each other. Canít speak of temperature without aspects of cold/hot. In relationship, one person can be active (relatively) only if other passive. 
  1. Yin and Yang control each other
If Yin is excessive, Yang will be weak, and vice versa. Lao Tzu:

He who sands on tiptoe is not steady

He who strides forward does not go

He who shows himself is not luminous

He who boasts of himself is not given credit

He who brags does not endure for long 

  1. Yin and Yang transform into each other
This is source of all change. Inhalation is followed by exhalation. Activity must be followed by rest. 

Disharmony: If Yin and Yang unbalanced for long time, or in extreme manner, Must change since canít sustain. Two results:

From Yin/Yang comes a different "weltanschaung"

Web has no weaver

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