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In ancient Chinese thought, the concept of two complementary and opposing influences, Yin and Yang, which underpin and control all nature. The aim of Chinese medicine is to produce proper balance between them. Used in modern terms to characterize any dualistic, reciprocal control system in which one influence tends to promote things that the opposing influence tends to inhibit, and vice versa; for example, the yin-yang hypothesis of biologic control in which cyclic GMP and cyclic AMP are supposed to act in this dualistic, reciprocal way in controlling cellular functions.
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(yin-yang) [Chinese yīn, moon, the dark, passive, female principle + yáng, sun, the bright, active, male principle]
The ancient Chinese philosophical concept of complementary opposites that alternately give rise to each other, such as light and dark. In traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine, the goal is to have a proper balance of such forces.
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yin-yang (yēn-yäng),

n governing theory behind traditional Chinese medicine; the idea that life is filled with opposite yet complementary characteristics and qualities on the physical and spiritual levels and on the macro and micro levels. The concept is that each entity can be essentially itself and its opposite; additionally, yang's seed is believed to be contained within yin. A balance of yin and yang is considered essential for good health, whereas a deficiency or imbalance in either factor can manifest as disease.
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In ancient Chinese thought, concept of two complementary and opposing influences, Yin and Yang, which underpin and control all nature. The aim of Chinese medicine is to keep them in proper balance.
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Thus, there may be unlimited number of components and yin-yang pairs.
There are three appendices: Appendix A details yin-yang theory, Appendix B describes the energetics of living systems, Appendix C is an atlas of acupuncture points.
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As it turned out, the Chinese yin-yang code is based on the same principle: Broken (yin) and unbroken (yang) lines represent the opposites of female and male, Earth and Heaven, negatives and positives.
However, the insight must not be misinterpreted to mean a yin-yang cosmology as taught by Han scholars.
The cases I shall discuss below are: crossbow-related terms (nu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], shu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], and ji [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]); the compounds renyi [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], wanwu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], wansheng [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], and buyi [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]; the term li [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (inner structure, pattern, principle), and the pair yin-yang [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] in its meaning as basic cosmic forces or binary opposites.
To celebrate the Year of the Horse, we offer a menu in which ingredients and cooking styles are balanced in yin-yang harmony The recipes are adapted from The Wisdom of the Chinese Kitchen: Classic Family Recipes for Celebration and Healing (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1999; $27.
The ability to get in touch with the male-female, the yin-yang energy is very important to mystical and magical practices, and I think homosexuals are more in touch with both sides.