Global Yin and Yang

I was thinking about global climate change. We call it warming and eventually it will be. Until then, we just get more severe weather of all types. I was thinking about this because I had a great seminar about acupuncture and we talked about too much heat in the body.

In acupuncture theory are bodies are made up of yin and yang. Yang is the warming and active energy. Yin is the cooling and resting energy. In our world, we keep moving. We are moving all the time, every day. There is always something to do. We find it hard to stop and rest. More and more people have problems of heat and fire. Many neurologic disorders are heat disorders in acupuncture theory. There is too much fire and not enough water. The fire, like all fires, rises and causes problems in the head. This may be problems like multiple sclerosis, stroke or common headaches. Fire causes other problems too but the seminar was on MS, stroke and epilepsy.

As our teacher spoke he talked about how culturally we are always moving. We are depleting our yin more and more quickly. We are getting warmer and warmer at a younger age.

It occurs to me how when one organ in acupuncture theory gets too hot, like the liver, the liver then lights other organs on fire. I wonder if as more and more people move too quickly it forces others to move more, depleting their yin. Is it possible that we are hitting a place where so many people are so energetically yin deficient that even our world is becoming yin deficient? Is global warming really global yin deficiency?

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Bonnie Koenig has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999. She is passionate about helping people find real healing and real health. In the process she keeps asking about our attitudes towards sickness and health. Only by being clear on what sickness is, can we ever find health.

2 thoughts on “Global Yin and Yang”

  1. It’s funny you would say that, because in my tradition – Yang deficiency is seen as a far greater problem. In fact, I almost never see Yin deficiency in patients. Sometimes congested heat, sometimes a lack of adequate fluid distribution, but the Yin is always there, flowing as always.

    However, this doesn’t defeat your basic point. Why? Because of the intricately bound nature of Yin and Yang. When Yang is deficient, heat floats to the surface – unable to be anchored in the interior where it belongs (in most cases). While this may not be happening REALLY (the core heat of the Earth floating to the surface) … we could think of it like this : because of our tendency to work, work, work, work and go, go, go, go, exposing all our natural resources to consumption we have become profoundly Yang deficient, however, we have also depleted the Yang and the Jing of the Earth, and now there is nothing left to anchor the wacky, crazy Yang energy of human beings! šŸ™‚


  2. What about menopausal symptoms which are usually consider yin xu Eric? Just curious! šŸ™‚

    I was just at Dr. Tran Viet Dzung’s seminar (I am happy to email you a link to my notes on google docs if you want) and he’s very much into the idea of yin xu because of all that yang running and running and running we get over heated and deplete the yin–too much heat boiling away the water is the image I’ve always had. Tran has an interesting take on the classics in his translations but it’s fascinating.

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