You may be wondering what all this has to do with alleviating human illness. Human anatomy, physiology, psyche, and environment are analyzed according to which characteristics of Yin and Yang each possesses. This chart gives characteristics which are often applied to people.
|solid organs||hollow organs|
|interior of the body||exterior of the body|
|inward Qi flow||outward Qi flow|
The result of the analysis describes what is wrong with the patient (a diagnosis) and that diagnostic description determines treament principles and strategies
Let’s look at a very simplified example. A 35 year old female complains of having
No energy. When not working she sleeps most of the time.
She feels cold often and is uncomfortably sensitive to cool environments.
Her skin appears damp and damp foods make her sleepy.
She feels dull emotionally and intellectually.
Her posture is poor with shoulders that slope forward giving the appearance of a caved-in chest.
When she speaks only her lips move.
She has been having less contact with her friends, preferring to be alone. DOES SHE FIT YIN OR YANG?
Here is a classification of her symptoms by Yin & Yang characteristics. You can check them against the list of characteristics you just read.
1) stillness 2) cool/cold 3) moist 4) passive
5) inward 6) stillness 7) inward
Diagnosis: excess Yin and/or deficient Yang - depending on the severity of signs. Treatment: Disperse excess Yin or Tonify deficient Yang