The Importance of Yin & Yang

Most of us have seen the picture of the famous black and white circle to represent “Yin & Yang.” But how many of us today know it’s supreme importance to health?
This 10th century symbol depicts the existing interconnectedness of opposing dual forces in nature, as taught by the 2,500 year old religious philosophy of Taoism. Hot & Cold. Dark & Light. Male & Female. They are the polar opposites that permeate our world. Yin predominantly means feminine, expanded, cold, and damp. Yang predominantly means masculine, contracted, hot, and dry. In illness, the person is either too yang or too yin. More than anything, our environment determines which side we’re mostly leaning towards.
Food that are Yang include:
  • Sea Salt
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Cooked Vegetables
Foods that are Yin include:
  • Fruits
  • Juices
  • Sugars
  • Alcohol
  • Raw vegetables
Yin foods are those that tend to grow above (fruits) the ground in trees, while Yang foods are those that tend to grow under (vegetables) the ground. Additionally, most bodies in the world today are too Yin due to:
  • Ionizing Radiation
  • Toxic Metals
  • Food Refining
  • Electromagnetic Pollution
  • Alcohol & Drug use
  • Medications
Earlier, I had not taken this concept too seriously in holistic health. However, it wasn’t until a recent patient of mine who was suffering from chronic vaginal yeast infection finally found relief when she switched to a more Yang diet. This was even after powerful natural anti-fungals such as Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Oil of Oregano had failed. Not surprisingly, a more Yang diet is essential to enhancing the effectiveness of Nutritional Balancing.

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