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1. Yin and Yang Origin of Life

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God made man from the dust of the earth, breathing into him the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

What is life and where does life come from? If you do not have a clear conception about life and where it comes from, how could you know how to keep it and cure its problems? If you do not know the mechanism of metabolism of life, how could you get the right conception of health?

What is life? Different people have different answers; however, there is only one right answer. Life comes from the God; God created the world and made us. There are two very important elements in this creation, first, the dust of the earth, second, the breath of life. Our bodies are formed from the dust of the earth, but our life, our breath came from the God.

We all know there is Yin & Yang theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and the balance of Yin and Yang is the kernel of TCM. But, wait a minute, what is Yin, and what is Yang? In what kind of manner/in what ways do they affect our life? Does the unbalance of Yin & Yang mean illness? How could I know if my Yin &Yang are in the state of balance or not?

You may hear somebody say that Yin is negative energy and Yang is positive energy. Correct! But not enough! The meanings of Yin and Yang are very broad, and because we live on the earth which is in the universe, we need sunshine, water, rain, plant, animal, etc. to keep our life, and all these things (include ourselves) are connected in a delicate system, so our life, Yin and Yang have to be explained in a many of ways.

First, in the beginning, the dust of the earth is Yin, which is called Yuan Yin (means the original Yin) in TCM, and the breath of life is Yang, which is called Yuan Yang (means the original Yang) in TCM. The combination of Yuan Yin and Yuan Yang gave birth to our life and vitality.

Second, in our bodies, Yin can be explained as body, body fluid, blood, and things that have bodies and can be seen by eyes; whilst Yang can be explained as energies, heat (that can be measured by body temperature), inner air, spirit, and bioelectricity, stream of information that can not be seen by eyes etc.

Third, in nature, Yin includes moon, moonlight, shadow, water, cold, negative energy, north etc. and Yang includes sun, sunshine, light, fire, heat, positive energy, south, etc.

The conception of Yin & Yang in TCM contains all the above meanings and even more, which we can continue in the next chapter.

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2. Yin & Yang -- Water and Fire

2 Peter 3:5 In the old days there was a heaven, and an earth lifted out of the water and circled by water, by the word of God.

We have talked that human body was formed from the earth in chapter 1 (1. Yin and Yang -- Origin of Life). However, Bible also told us that earth came from the water. We all know that oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface; same as the Earth, 70% of the human body is water, so, in the final analysis, life is the combination of water and 'the breath of life',which are also called "true water" and "true fire" in TCM. After life was created, they were stored in the kidney system as the prime mover and the resources of reproduction. They are also called before-born (Xian Tian) "Yuan Yin" and "Yuan Yang". Without Yin, there would not be any physical bodies, without Yang, there would not be any breath.

As we know that when water meets fire (when water is heated), the water will be steaming, and the hot light steam will float up naturally. In the very same way, Yin and Yang combined together, and Qi (vitality; steam in blood) was created. In very simple, symbolic and parabolic words, Life is the combination of water and fire.

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3. Qi and Blood

Leviticus17:14 For the blood is the life of all flesh

In TCM view, blood and body fluid are very important, they belong to the category of water, belong to Yin. However, they need Yang to heat them up to the right body temperature, they need Qi to restrict them in the veins and lead them circulating throughout the body properly. The function of Qi is kind of like the hot light rising steam, with Qi, normal warm blood has no difficulty returning back to the body from the hands and feet. Without Qi, the circulation will stop, and life ends (just imagine what will happen if your breath stop). If Qi is weak and getting less, the speed of the circulation will slow down, and stasis, blood clots may occur. If Qi is too abundance, then the essence and the water of the body will be consumed too fast, and heavy sweating and constipation may occur.

As we have talked in chapter 2 that Qi is created by the combination of Yin and Yang. In the normal state, Yin and Yang are in the state of balance, and the circulation of Qi and blood is unblocked and the warm blood nourishes every corner of the body.

However, if the Yin Yang balance is broken, diseases will occur. If Yang is more than Yin, then Qi will be too abundance. This can be compared to an overheated kettle with very little boiling water in it, most of the water became steam, and all the dissolved elements deposit on the bottom of the kettle, leaving a nasty thick crud inside it. In this situation, the blood and body fluid are thick and viscose and does not flow very well, and the patients will be very thirsty, they need to drink a lot of water to cool down and dilute the blood. Actually, this situation is a kind of dehydration, however, it is very rarely to be seen.

Nowadays, the most common situation is Yang is less than Yin, which means Qi is weak because there is no enough energy to steam Yin. This can be compared to a kettle with cold water in it, there is no fire under the kettle to steam the water, and the water become icing. In the very same way, cold type blood clots are formed. Because of the cold and the slowing of the circulation, it is difficult for the blood to come back to the heart. In this situation, generally, the patients always have cold hands and feet with little or no thirst.

Another explanation of Qi in TCM is function. For example, when a TCM doctor tells you your stomach Qi is weak, one of its means is the function of your stomach is weak.

Reference: http://www.hantang.com/english/en_Articles/clots.htm

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