UNDERSTANDING YANG AND YIN

By The Writers Group

© December 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.

 

All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.

 

The words yang and yin come from Taoism, an ancient philosophy that is over 10,000 years old.  The only reason to use these words is because we don’t have good equivalents in English.  Yang, and its complementary opposite, yin, are essential qualities of all physical matter in the universe.  The human body is physical, so the words yang and yin apply to the human body as well.

However, yang and yin are not just words or forces.  They are a way to think about things that is very powerful and helpful.

 

The Bible. The concept of a primordial oneness that is divided into two is a universal principle in both Western and Eastern philosophy.

            In Western civilization, the first chapter of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible states that God divided the void or the oneness into the heavens and the earth, dark and light, the land and the seas, male and female.  This is the concept of a basic “twoness” of complementary opposites that form our physical world.

 

How this article is set up.  This article purposefully has some repetition.  It is one way to learn the principles of yang and yin. 

 

THE THREE PRINCIPLES OF YANG AND YIN

 

These principles are very important.  If you understand them, you will understand the yang/yin concept well.  Each of the following principles builds on the previous one, so the simplest one is given first.

 

1. The basic directions in space: In and out.  This is also the same as contracted and expanded, small and large, thin and fat, centripetal and centrifugal, and up and down.  (These only require one direction.)

 

2. Trajectories: Straight and curved.  This is the same as linear and rounded. (Curved requires a second vector or direction.)

 

3. Frequencies: Higher and lower. This includes the colors, the sound frequencies, the electrical frequencies, speed such as fast and slow, near and far infrared, VHF or very high frequency and VLF or very low frequency, and more.

(These criteria require at least a third vector or direction in space to produce them.)

 

            These are the three main principles.  There are more principles of yang and yin, but they are combinations of the above.

Now let us expand on these ideas.

 

YANG

 

Yang is a physics concept that at its root, means inwardly-moving energy.  It also usually means downwardly-moving energy.  “Downwardly-moving”, in this article, means moving toward a center such as the center of the earth.  So inwardly-moving and downwardly-moving mean the same thing.

It is a motion of atoms or particles.  These particles are moving toward each other, or toward a center.  There is no good word for it in English, so I am using the ancient Chinese word for it.

This inwardly-moving motion gives rise to the qualities that are considered more yang.  They include:

a) Warmer – as the particles hit each other and generate heat through friction

b) More compressed, condensed and/or contracted – as a result of the inward coming-together movement of the particles.  It also causes yang to mean higher pressure.

c)  Dryer, with less water, and harder – due to the particles coming closer to each other and pushing out the water and other softer matter.

d) More activity and movement as the warmth and close proximity of the particles rub up against one another.

e) More associated with maleness than with femaleness.  This is a tricky one, but the male energy is considered hotter and more compressed (like a penis, rather than an open and larger vagina

f) More concerned with radiating than absorbing.  This is also due to the warmth and compressed nature of yang.

g) More physical because physical matter is more dense and compressed than etheric or ethereal substance, which is more expanded or yin (the opposite of yang).

h) In nutritional balancing, fast oxidation and an elevated sodium/potassium ratio are more yang.  Bodies in fast oxidation tend to be warmer, more active, and men have faster oxidation rates than women, in general.  The body is also generally more hard or muscular, and more contracted.

i) Fullness.  This is due to the greater concentration or higher density of particles.  In contrast, yin is more empty.

 

YIN

 

            At its root, yin means particles are moving apart and usually in an upward direction.  The word upward here means away from a center such as the center of the earth, or of the universe.  In this sense, “moving apart” and “moving upward” mean the exact same thing.

            This type of movement of particles gives rise to the qualities of yin, as follows:

 

a) Cooler – as the particles move apart, they bump into each other less, creating less friction and less heat.

b) More expanded – as the particle move apart, they take up more space forming an expanded mass.  It also causes yin to mean lower pressure.

c) More watery and softer – the particles move apart and softer material such as water can get in.  Water is one of the most yin substances there is, while minerals are one of the most yang or concentrated substances.

d) Less obvious activity – as the particles move apart, they “drift” more and it seems like there is a slowing of movement.  They also do not bounce off each other as much, so this causes less movement, too.

e) More associated with femaleness than maleness.  This is somewhat tricky, but females tend to move a little slower, have a slower oxidation rate, and their reproductive organs are more expanded.

f) More concerned with absorbing than with radiating.  This is because “cooler bodies in space” tend to absorb heat, while hotter ones tend to radiate their heat.  So this is directly related to the cooler quality of yin.

g) Less physical – because as the particles move outward in space, their mass becomes less physical and more etheric or ethereal.

h) In nutritional balancing, slow oxidation and four lows pattern, and a low sodium/potassium ratio are more yin.  The body is cooler, more sluggish, and women generally have slower oxidation rates than men.  The body is also generally softer, with a little more fat, and more expanded.

i) More empty.  This is due to the lower concentration of particles in space.

In summary, Yin refers to a quality of some matter that tends to be colder, more expanded, more chaotic, more disintegrated, centrifugal in nature (which means moving outwardly and sometimes upward), often more feminine in nature, tending to be damp or more watery, more flaccid and softer. 

An example.  Though it may be a little crude, the simple idea of a hard, linear penis (yang) compared to an open, rounded, moist vagina (yin) may help one recall some of the major qualities of yang and yin.

 

OTHER WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE YANG AND YIN

 

In general:  Yang tends to be more contracted, more dense, condensing, increasing in mass, warm with more internal heat, more organized or anti-entropic, dryer and often more physical.
            Yin tends to be more expanded, evaporating, less dense, more chaotic, less massive, cold, damp and in some cases more ethereal.
            For example, water is more yin, while land is more yang.  The warm tropics are more yang, while the areas near the north and south poles are far more yin because they are cold.  Here is more detail:

 

1. Hot and cold. More yang means the particles of matter are closer to one another (more contracted or compacted) and there is more friction between them, generating more heat, more light and more concentrated mass.
            In contrast, more yin means that the particles of matter are further apart (more expanded).  This causes less friction between them, which causes less heat or more coldness, less light and less concentrated mass. Please memorize this, as it will help all understanding of yang and yin.

 

2. Frequencies of energies.  Yang tends to be a lower frequency or slower moving waves, while yin tends to be a higher frequency of energy or faster moving waves of energy.  This is not always the case, but it is often true.
            For example, the color red is a lower frequency and more yang, while the color blue is a higher frequency and somewhat more yin.  Infrared is an even lower frequency and tends to be more yang than red, although infrared contains some frequencies that are yin as well, so this criteria is variable.

 

3. Directions of movement. Yang tends to be inward-moving or centripetal.  It is also generally downward-moving toward the center of the earth.
            In contrast, yin tends to be more outward-moving, split apart or centrifugal.  It also tends to be upward moving away from the earth.  Once again, this is not always true, but is often the case.
            For example, foods that grow up in the air on trees, such as fruits, are further away from the earth and this is one reason they tend to be more yin.  Root vegetables are much more yang, in part because they grow under the earth’s surface.

 

4. Amount of chaos.  Yang is less chaotic and more organized or more integrated.  This is also called anti-entropic in physics.
            In contrast, yin is more chaotic, or more broken apart, or more disintegrated, or more entropic.

 

Summary of yin and yang, called the Four Words in Tibetan:

 

Yang:    warmer   contracted       centripetal     anti-entropic

Yin:       cooler      expanded        centrifugal       entropic

           

OTHER PRINCIPLES REGARDING THE IDEA OF YIN AND YANG

 

            The concept of yang and yin also involves certain principles that are necessary to know about, or you won’t understand the concept very well.  Here are some of the important ones:

 

1. Nothing is purely yin or pure yang.  A pure state of yin or yang cannot exist in a balanced universe.  In fact, if it does begin to occur, the one changes to the other, at times.  This is the basis for atom bombs, for example, as matter (more yang) is changed into pure energy (more yin) in a violent way.

 

2. The proportions of yin and yang are always changing.  In other words, it is a dynamic concept that is always shifting as conditions change.

 

3. Yin and yang always coexist and are complementary opposites.  They are not “antagonists”, but rather work together to build our physical universe.  This means dark and light have their place, as do male and female, hot and cold, contraction and expansion.

 

4. The qualities of yang and yin depend not only on the qualities of the material, procedure, substance or activity.  They also depend upon the frequency, intensity, duration, long and short-term effects, and upon effects that can be mechanical, chemical, electric or other.

 

5. Most people’s bodies are extremely yin today.  This is the cause of most illness, from a yin and yang balance perspective.  It also means that the best results will often occur with the use of more yang therapies, diets and healing methods.

Health, today, usually means to become far more yang.  Disease, today, often means that one has become too yin.  This was not always the case.  However, with the amount of toxic chemicals, radiation, toxic metals, yin infections such as yeast infections, and other factors in play today, this is the case in almost everyone.

Rare exceptions might be people whose attitudes are too yang, or who have toxins that could make the body very yang.  However, these exceptions are extremely rare and hardly ever seen. This toxic yang is almost always quite temporary.

 

NUTRITION, AND YANG AND YIN

 

Living tissue.  This is composed of two major components:

1. Minerals.  These are usually metals, which  are more yang, and include manganese, zinc, chromium and selenium.

2. Proteins.  These are often enzymes (containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur) and is more yin.

 

The “fuel” foods.  The two main types of fuel foods are:

1.  Fats and oils.  These are generally more yang.  They burn hotter, a yang quality.

2. Starches and sugars.  These are more yin.

Here is more detail about the fuel foods:

 

1. Fats and oils. Fats are more yang than oils.  Fats are solid at room temperature, and usually of animal origin, which are yang characteristics.

Oils are more yin than fats.  Oils are liquid at room temperature, and derive more from plants.  Both of these are yin characteristics.

 

2. Starches and sugars.  Starches (complex carbohydrates), are more yang than sugars (simple carbohydrates). 

Starches are more concentrated and complex, which are yang qualities.  Sugars are more broken apart, a yin quality.

 

The most yin food.  You can see that of all these foods, sugars are the most yin.  This is a major reason to avoid them, since the bodies today are already too yin.

Artificial sweeteners and other food chemicals are often even more yin, making them even more harmful to the body, in many cases.

 

YANG AND YIN MINERALS

 

MINERALS AND YANG/YIN

 

Yang refers to the quality of some physical matter that is warmer, more compact or condensed, more integrated, moving in a centripetal direction (toward the center), and more often moving downward.  It is considered more male, more forceful, more direct, less watery and more dry, and harder.

 

Minerals and their effects.  Minerals, in general, are more yang compared to many other substances.  The toxic metals tend to have a yin effect, no matter how yang they are in themselves.

 

More yang minerals.  Among the nutrient minerals, the more yang minerals are calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus and iron.  You will notice that these can form more acidic compounds, which is more yang, especially sulfur, phosphorus and iron. 

Calcium and magnesium form some alkaline compounds, but are still considered somewhat yang minerals for other reasons.  Calcium is very compact, contracted and hard.  Magnesium is very energetic, bright and shining – all yang qualities.

 

Toxic yang minerals.  Among the toxic metals, lead, cadmium, arsenic and nickel are a little more yang than some others.  Cadmium is the most yang, enhancing the oxidation rate and hardening the entire body, especially the kidneys, liver and arteries.  However, all the toxic metals ALSO tend to have a yin toxic and very destructive effect on the body.

More yin minerals. Among the nutrient minerals, those that are slightly less yang are the alkaline reserve minerals such as zinc, manganese, chromium, selenium, lithium and others.

Toxic metals. Those that are slightly more yin are copper, mercury, aluminum and others.  They tend to be softer elements.  All have a yin toxic and destructive effect on the body when in excess.

 

THE BIG CHART

 

Below is a standard chart of the examples of yang and yin in many areas of human endeavor.

 

ASPECT

YANG

YIN

 

 

 

 

GENERAL ASPECTS

 

Gender (in general)

More male

More female

Direction

Down toward the earth

Upward away from earth

Pressure

Higher pressure

Lower pressure

Circularity

Less circular (straighter)

More circular

In/out direction

Inwardly moving or centripetal

Outwardly moving or centrifugal

Density

High density or compact or compressed

Lower density or expanded

Altitude

Higher altitude (further from the earth’s center)

Lower altitude (closer to the earth’s center)

Continental location

Nearer the center

Nearer the oceans

Colors

Red, orange, yellow

Blue, indigo, violet

Size

Smaller (more compact)

Larger (more expanded)

Shape

More linear or straighter

More rounded, curved or circular

Temperature

Warmer

Cooler

Texture

Harder, rougher

Softer, smoother

Location

Correct location.  Also, places that are away from large bodies of water, on inland.

More displaced.  Also, locations near large bodies of water.

Chaos tendency

Anti-entropic or syntropic

Entropic

Moisture content

Dryer

Wetter

Flow quality

Faster flowing

Slower flow or stagnant

Astronomical bodies

Stars (hot and contracted)

Planets and moons

Sounds

Lower notes, deep tones

Higher notes, shrill

pH

More acidic if not too acidic

More alkaline

Materials

Crystalline, harder, warmer, more compact

Flowing, softer, cooler, more expanded

Chemical Elements

Somewhat heavier elements, especially the alkaline reserve minerals, but not the toxic metals, which have a yin effect. 

Light elements and the toxic metals because they have a yin effect. Radioactive minerals are extremely yin because they destroy the body.

State of matter

Solid

Liquid, gas

Attitude

More overt and more extroverted

More covert and more introverted

Physics

Electricity (more radiant force)

Magnetism (more attractive force)

 

 

 

 

THE BODY

 

Tissue quality

Tight, tense, contracted, inflamed and hot

Colder, relaxed, dilated, limp and more sickly

Blood sugar

Slightly high

Lower blood sugar

Muscles

More contracted or tense

Relaxed or flaccid

Bones

Hard, dense

Soft, osteoporotic

Nerves

Hard, tense

Relaxed, limp

Heart

Rapid pulse, hard pulse, possible arteriosclerosis

Slow pulse, weak heart, expanded arteries

Adrenal glands

High hormone levels

Lower hormone levels

Cancers

Hard tumors

Soft tumors, diffuse or blood cancers

Body temperature

Higher temperature, inflammed

Lower temperature, degenerative

Body position

Standing or sitting

Prone or lying down

Age

Younger

Older

Body shape

Apple shape, and more slim and linear

Pear shape, and heavier, more rounded and more voluptuous in women

Hormones

Testosterone, aldosterone, insulin, thyroxine, all pituitary hormones, pineal hormones

Estrogen, cortisol, cortisone, glucagon, parathormone

Bood pressure

Higher blood pressure

Lower blood pressure

Activities/lifestyle

Gardening, farming, walking, study, adequate rest and sleep, deep breathing, and a little sun bathing.  

Sex with orgasm, music, art, staying up late, and using computers, television and cell phones.  Too much exercise or too much sun have yin effects.

Diseases (a large topic)

In general, conditions with inflammation, heat, fever, or some solid tumors.  However, most disease today is of a yin nature because the bodies are almost all yin due to radiation poisoning, chemical toxicity, and mineral-depleted food.  Nutrient minerals are more yang.

In general, conditions characterized by cold, fungal or yeast infections, many viral infections, degenerative diseases, nutritional deficiencies, most chemical poisoning, and toxic metal poisoning

 

 

 

 

NUTRITIONAL BALANCING

 

Oxidation rate

Faster oxidation

Slower oxidation or four lows

Sodium/potassium ratio

Higher Na/k

Lower Na/k

Calcium/magnesium ratio

Lower Ca/Mg

Higher Ca/Mg

Autonomic Nerve System

Parasympathetic (has a healing and yang effect)

Sympathetic (has a tissue breakdown effect)

Hill/bowl patterns

Hill pattern

Bowl pattern

Step down/step up

Step down

Step up

Emotions

Contentment, love, joy

Fear, anger, resentment, grief, guilt

Thoughts

Pure, uplifted, logical

Confused thinking, destructive thoughts, erratic thinking

Morals

Ten Commandments, Christian morality

Moral relativism (or no truth), loose living, lack of religious orientation

Politics

Capitalism, free markets, individual rights, self-governance

Welfare state, dependency, corruption, oppression, socialism, communism (these have severe yin effects on most people)

The nutritional balancing procedures

All are yang – coffee enemas, red lamp sauna, ozone machines, foot and hand reflexology, Roy Masters meditation, and the spinal twist.  This is why they are recommended, in part.

Baths, colonic irrigation, herbal formulas, extra supplements.  One must be very careful with all of these, as they are more yin!

 

 

 

 

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

 

Food Categories

Meats, poultry, fish, eggs, whole grains, salt and cooked vegetables

Alcohol, sugars, fruits, juices, all fermented food, raw vegetables, nightshade vegetables (really are fruits), squashes, nuts, and seeds

Cooking

Cooked food (cooking adds heat and salt)

Raw food (colder)

Where Food Grows

Underground (roots) or on the ground

Above ground and high in the air (fruit)

Vegetables

Roots are the most yang.  Next are the cruciferous vegetables, and next are the greens.  Mung sprouts are fairly yang.

Nightshade vegetables, squash family, especially zuccini and summer squashes, raw salad vegetables, mushrooms and fungi

Protein foods

Eggs and red meats are more yang.  Next is chicken and turkey.  Fish and shellfish are somewhat less yang.  Sardines are quite yang because they are small fish and low in mercury.  Cheese is generally less yang than meats and eggs.

Milk.  Egg or milk protein powders are very yin because they are broken apart and processed.   Nuts and seeds are more yin.  Legumes or beans are all somewhat yin. Lentils are the most yang among the legumes.

Fats and oils

Meat fat and egg yolk are the most yang.  Next is butter.  Next is cream.  Next are vegetable oils, but not tropical fruit oils such as coconut and palm oils.

Refined vegetable oils, coconut oil, palm oil, hydrogenated fats used in margarine, commercial peanut butter, and in other foods.

Fruits

All are yin, but small fruits that grow in northern climates, such as berries, are somewhat more yang

Larger fruits, melons, fleshy fruits and especially tropical and subtropical fruit such as coconut, palm & citrus.

Size of a food

Smaller

Larger

Food processing

Whole foods

Most processed food, especially refined, or broken apart as in protein powders, juices, and isolates

Beverages

Coffee and some tea.  Spring water and some well water.

All sugary beverages and all fruity beverages, and all alcoholic beverages.  Also, distilled water, reverse osmosis water and alkaline waters.

Food chemicals

Salt, especially sea salt, but not refined table salt

Most other food chemicals and additives are very yin

Drugs

 

Most all drugs, both medical and recreational, are extremely yin

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTS/HERBS

 

Type of supplement

Glandulars, minerals and some all-natural products, solids

Most vitamins, most herbs, especially liquids, and most synthetic products

Number of supplements

Fewer supplements

More supplements

Herbs

Ginger, mustard, dill weed, horse radish, burdock, milk thistle, dandelion, tarragon.

Almost all other herbs.  This problem is much worse today due to toxicity of the entire planet.

 

 

 

 

THE SEVEN SYSTEM

 

1. In and out

Inwardly-moving

Outwardly-moving

2. Spin

Right spin

Left spin

3. Up and down

Downwardly-moving (toward the earth and from head to feet)

Upwardly-moving (away from the earth and from feet to head)

4. Autonomic system

Parasympathetic branch has a yang effect

Sympathetic branch has a yin effect

5. Back and forth wobble

Good, solid wobble

No wobble or out of control wobble

6. Impact

Good, solid impact

No impact or erratic impact

7. Up and down wobble

Good, solid wobble

No wobble or out of control wobble

 

 

 

 

MALE AND FEMALE

 

Minerals

Zinc dominant

Copper dominant

Hormones

Testosterone

Estrogen & progesterone

Voice

Lower pitch

Higher pitch

Body Hair

More

Less

Eyes

Smaller

Larger

Hips

Narrower (compact)

Wider or expanded

Blood

More red blood cells

Fewer red blood cells

Body shape

More linear

More curved or rounded

Shape of genital organs

More linear

More rounded

Reproductive glands (testis and ovaries)

Together (compact) and lower on the body

More apart (expanded) and higher on the body

 

OTHER ARTICLES ABOUT YIN AND YANG ON THIS WEBSITE

 

Yin and Yang Healing

Yin Disease

Yang Disease

Acupuncture

 

 

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