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Yin Yang – The Principles of Opposites – part 2

Since everything in the life can be classified according to its Yin and Yang components, it is said: “Now the Yin/Yang has a name but no form. Thus it can be extended from one to ten, from ten to a hundred, from a hundred to a thousand, from a thousand to ten thousand (i.e. it can embrace all things).” – Ling Shu (Spiritual Pivot) Each component not only opposes but also contains its opposite, for: “There is Yin within the Yin and Yang within the Yang. From dawn till noon the Yang of the Heaven is the Yang within the Yang; from noon till dusk the Yang of heaven is the Yin within the Yang; from dusk till midnight the Yin of heaven is the Yin within the Yin; from midnight till dawn the Yin of heaven is the Yang within the Yin.” – Su Wen (Plain Questions) Thus ”functional movement” belongs to Yang, ”nourishing substance” to Yin, nor can the one exist without the other; for, if the intestines and other internal organs do not move, ”nourishing substances” can not be digested and, if over a long period ”nourishing substances” are not provided, the organs cease to move. “yin in the interior is the guardian of Yang; Yang in the exterior is the activator of Yin.” – Su Wen (Plain Questions) The opposition of Yin and Yang is not static; it is a perpetually changing rhythm of movement, whose interplay produces growth, transformation and death. “The relation of Yin and Yang is the means whereby the myriad things are able to come to birth, Yin and Yang react...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a complex disorder in which the intestines lose their ability to efficiently move their contents. The main symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and/or constipation. Less common symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Symptoms may be triggered by stress, diet, emotional factors, hormone levels and medications. How do acupuncture and Chinese medicine help IBS? Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer a safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to address IBS. This holistic healthcare system looks at the body differently than Western medicine. According to Chinese medicine, the body is like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained in order to grow strong and remain healthy. Good health happens when all of the organs and meridian systems are balanced and working together. How does your garden grow? According to Chinese medicine theories, there are several possible causes for IBS. One of these is an imbalance of the spleen. The Spleen is the organ in charge of digestion and assimilation of foods and liquids. One of the main functions of the Spleen is to aid in the production of Spleen Qi. Spleen Qi is the energy that provides power and nourishment for the entire body. Another function of the Spleen is to produce blood from the food it breaks down and to convert it into usable energy to power your body. If your spleen isn’t properly cared for, the body’s energy levels will not be supported and illness may occur. The Spleen is easily affected and weakened by poor eating habits and diet, antibiotics, excessive...