TCM takes a deep understanding of the patterns and laws of the natural world around us and applies them to the human body, working with the body’s Qi (vital energy) and acupoints found on the meridian channels.
Traditional Chinese Medicine says that disease and ill health are the result of poor Qi circulation in the body, whilst good health is the result of smooth Qi flow.
Yin Yang is the most important to concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Tai Chi Qigong.
By focusing on the Yin Yang in each Tai Chi Qigong movement and within our bodies, it brings us, our awareness, our bodies into harmony, with the natural world so we become less disconnected and isolated, bringing us good health both mentally and physically.
Midnight is maximum Yin, midday is maximum Yang. In the seasons Spring is Yin within Yang, Summer is maximum Yang, Autumn is Yang within Yin and Winter is maximum Yin.
Four Aspects of the Yin Yang Relationship
1. They oppose each other
2. They are dependant on each other
3. They consume each other
4. They transform into each other
TCM - One of the most important applications of the Yin Yang principle is seen in opposing symptoms. Yin Yang can be seen in the functioning of the body. Yin Yang are not fixed qualities - they are purely relative and constantly changing to maintain healthy balance within the well person. The body is in a constant state of flux, always seeking balance or homoeostasis between Yin Yang, constantly adjusting and balancing. Without this constant adjustment, deficiencies (Yin) and excesses (Yang) would cause imbalances, resulting in illness and disease.
The Five Elements Theory
The creative, or generating, cycle of the five elements is:
Wood creates Fire, Fire creates Earth, Earth creates Metal, Metal creates Water, condensation and Water creates Wood
The controlling, or destructive, cycle of the five elements is:
Wood uproots Earth, Earth controls Water, Water extinguishes Fire, Fire liquefies Metal and Metal cuts Wood
The aim is to deepen and relax the breath so the mind and body will follow. If the breath is relaxed and flowing, our Qi (vital energy) and blood will flow, allowing us to be balanced and healthy, allowing us to quieten 'the noise' of everyday life and see the beauty all around us in this one moment. That, to me, is good health.