the two fundamental principles, one negative, dark, passive, cold, wet, and feminine (yin) and the other (yang) positive, bright, active, dry, hot and masculine. The interactions and balance of these forces in people and nature influence their behavior and fate.
Concepts used in traditional Chinese medicine to understand the dynamic nature of all the interrelationships in life. Yin and Yang are two stages of a cyclical motion which represent the dual opposite and interdependent aspects of everything in the universe. Everything is paired with its opposite and is represented as Yin (night, darkness, rest, moon, dimmness, cold, weakness) or Yang (day, light, activity, sun, brightness, heat, strength). Disease occurs when there is imbalance in the rhythmic cycling between Yin and Yang.
(n, pl) two opposing types of energy or contrasting forces. Yin is described as yielding, passive, negative, dark, and female. Yang is dynamic, assertive, positive, light, and male. The two energies are opposite and yet mutually dependent. Yin may become yang and vice versa, just as day becomes night, cold becomes hot, and the reverse. The behavior of yin and yang describes the structure of any event or thing. It may be said that their dynamic relationship describes the operation of the Tao in its cycles of creation, and that their alternating movement underlies the structure of everything in the universe. The concept of yin and yang is conveyed by the tiger and dragon and by the Taiji symbol (see also Taiji diagram).
In Eastern philosophies, two opposite but harmonius forces that make up all aspects of life.
Feminine (yin, negative) and masculine (yang, positive) characteristics of body organs in reaching physical and mental balance and harmony.
Two complementary opposing forces in the universe. See page one of this website under Philosophy.
Chinese words for complementary and opposite forces that make up the life force (Qi).
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang are opposite forces that form a whole. Everything contains both yin and yang in a balance that is always changing, such as hot and cold, day and night, and health and disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, disease is diagnosed and treated based on the balance of yin and yang.
The law of universal change; the forces and tendencies that differentiate from One Infinity and manifest as centripetal and centrifugal energy, space and time and are the origin of all relative worlds.
The concepts of Yin and Yang originate in ancient Chinese philosophy and metaphysics, which describes two primal opposing but complementary forces found in all things in the universe.