What Does the Yin and Yang Symbol Really Mean? (and Why You Should Care)

What Does the Yin Yang Symbol Really Mean?

Not just some hippie dippy symbol on a tee-shirt, or in a new-age store with crystals, and incense. The Yin and Yang symbol represents so much more.

Like the 5-Elements, Yin and Yang is a significant diagnostic tool that has been used for millennia by Chinese Medicine practitioners to assess and evaluate a person’s physical, emotional, and mental state of balance.

Also, similar to the 5-Elements of Chinese Medicine, Yin and Yang each have a specific set of characteristics. 

Generally speaking, anything that is moving, ascending, bright, progressing, hyperactive, including functional disease of the body, pertains to yang.

The characteristics of stillness, descending, darkness, degeneration, hypo-activity, including organic disease, pertain to yin. 

Yin and Yang can also apply to the structure and function of our bodies. In Chinese Medicine, our organs are paired in a Yin and Yang relationship and function according to these principles. We have Yin organs and Yang organs and they all carry out specific functions. 

If you look at the symbol, you realize it tells a bit of a story, the curvy lines depict movementchangetransformation, there is constant flow. Like health and homeostasis, there is no static state.

Yin and Yang are interdependent on each other. You cannot have one without the other. You can’t have up without knowing down, you can’t know warmth, without knowing cold.

The “thinner” sides of the lines shows us when one is in a state of transformation into the other, and the little circles represent the idea that even when there is a dominant state of yang, yin is still present and vice versa.

Here is a chart of some of Yin and Yang’s  basic characteristics.

You can now start observing some of these qualities in yourself and your clients. 

Yin and Yang play an integral part of human health. In a nutshell, Yin and Yang represent the ability of our bodies to achieve and maintain balance and homeostasis in an ever-changing balancing and re-balancing world. A healthy body has the ability to adapt and alter constantly. This is one way we maintain our health and well-being. The balance of Yin and Yang = a healthy body, mind and spirit. 

We can easily use our essential oil tools to balance out signs of yin or yang out of balance.

As we consider the characteristics of yin and yang must always keep in mind the complex totality of a person’s presenting symptoms. (something my students dive much more deeply into, in my AcuOil Alchemy course)

An important contrast we must determine is if yin and yang are presenting as excess or deficiency symptoms. For instance, significant heat symptoms is an example of excess yang, and cold symptoms as presented by symptoms, tongue, and pulse would make one think yang deficiency and cold symptoms.

As you can see, we would need to choose different essential oil protocols in each of these cases. The good news is, we do have some basic essential oils that support common Yin and Yang imbalances.

Yang excess condition is very common, and you might want to choose more cooling and moistening essential oils to counteract excess Yang such as Lavender, Lemon, Chamomile and Melissa

Some of my favorite Yin nourishing oils is Vetiver, Geranium, and Rose Essential oils.

Are you ready to balance your yin and yang?

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