Yin Yang: Meaning and curiosities

The Chinese culture is really interesting. It is endowed with ancient elements and customs that today are part of the daily life of many places on the planet, including Brazil.

You have certainly heard of Yin Yang . If not, at least the universal symbol should already be seen, represented by a circle with two poles: a white, with a black sphere; and a black, with a white sphere.

This symbol is widely used in Chinese medicine and philosophy / religion . And its meaning is easily adapted to each segment. Check now how Yin Yang works in these areas.

Yin Yang in medicine

In medicine, Yin Yang refers to the foundation of diagnosis and treatment. Chinese medicine is about tonifying Yin and Yang and dispersing excess in both. Since they are seen as opposing forces, but they have interdependence, that is, they cannot exist without the other; they are always changing; and that one can transform the other.

This symbol represents a driving force behind everything that exists (Photo: depositphotos)

In this way, Chinese medicine evaluates the signs and symptoms of problems with the organism using Yin Yang, represented by different areas of the body. Look:

Yin in physiology

Yin in the physiology of the human body represents the chest, abdomen, body, organs, below the waist, anteromedial, ventral surface of the trunk and limbs, structure, blood and body fluids, storage and solid organs.

Regarding clinical signs, Yin refers to deficiency , hypoactivity, chronic diseases, symptoms that change slowly, stillness, lethargy, drowsiness, wanting to be covered, body and extremities cold, pale face, weak voice, shallow breathing, without thirst , prefer hot drinks, abundant and clear urine, loose stools, clear and abundant secretions, excessive humidity, degenerative diseases, pale tongue, white coating and empty pulse.

Yang in physiology

Yang in the physiology of the human body refers to the back, head, skin, muscles, above the waist, posterolateral, back and dorsal surface of the limbs, function, Qi, transformation and hollow organs.

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In relation to clinical signs, Yang represents excess , hyperactivity, acute illnesses, symptoms change quickly, restlessness, insomnia, prefers little body clothes and hot extremities, red face, strong voice, talkative, strong breathing, spontaneous thirst, prefers cold drinks, sparse and dark urine, constipation (heat damage to liquids), thick, sticky, white or yellowish secretions, excessive dryness, inflammatory diseases, red tongue, yellow coating and full pulse.

Yin Yang in religion and philosophy

The Yin Yang has a mystical meaning , so that it merges with the philosophy and Chinese religion own. Yin represents the dark side and Yang the light side. This symbol is present in Taoism, whose word means path, principle, a driving force behind everything that exists.

In Taoism, Yin Yang symbolizes the principle that generates all things in the universe , from the union of two opposite and complementary energies, the positive and the negative.

Their beliefs are as follows: everything is transformed, it is complementary, nothing is absolutely the same, everything has two sides, beginning and end and are part of the manifestations of an infinite unity.

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Curiosities about Yin Yang

– Both Yin Yang produce energy;
– Yin attracts Yang and Yang attracts Yin;
– Yin repels Yin and Yang repels Yang;
– All phenomena originate from the combination of Yin and Yang;
– Everything has two poles;
– Yang is represented as the Tiger and Yin as the Dragon;
– Yin is everything that represents an intuitive, complex mind;
– Yang is the rational intellect, of course;
– Yin symbolizes rest;
– Yang alludes to the movement;
– Yin equals the contemplation of a sage;
– Yang refers to the creative action of a dominant being.

Yin Yang in everyday life

Is it possible to apply the ancient Chinese principles in our modern and busy daily life ? The philosophy of balance between opposing and complementary forces finds space in some activities that we can include in our daily lives. Know.


According to Yoga teacher Roberta Ferreira in an interview with PUC in Rio de Janeiro, “Yoga aims to overcome the external reality as we know it, the so-called Maya. Such reality is composed of opposites: the light and the dark, the good and the bad, the cold and the hot, etc. The true yogi is not affected by these changes, oscillations, opposites, opposites. In fact, what matters is knowing the inner reality , which is above all these opposing patterns ”.

Therefore, practicing yoga is a welcome activity for those who want to get even closer to the principles of Yin Yang.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophy that seeks the perfect harmony between human beings and physical environments. For decorator and designer Alice Perez, who has studied Feng Shui for more than a decade, “the environment has a lot of influence on our behavior, so first of all, it is very important that our homes are kept away from sources of noise, as streets with a lot of traffic, or places with loud music. The bedroom must transmit peace, so that it is the ideal place to recharge the spiritual and emotional batteries spent during the day ”, she says in an interview with PUC Rio.

In this way, you can adapt the meaning of Yin Yang when it comes to relating the colors, objects, ventilation and lighting of your home or work spaces.


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