The 8 Principle theory is especially useful in Herbal medicine.
A Yin disorder is typically more internal, deficient, and cold.
A Yang disorder is typically more external, excessive, and hot.
Of course this is theory, and the possibility of mixed presentations in a clinical setting is not rare.
It is the goal of the TCM practitioner to identify the underlying pattern.
|According to Yin-Yang principles and correspondences.|
|Location of a disorder, the direction from which it emanated or to which it is evolving.|
|Chronic, insidious in development, possible gastrointestinal symptoms, prompted by internal stressors.||Acute, aversion to cold, wind, heat, possible fever, prompted by external conditions and a lowered resistance.|
|Quality of force at a specific time and place.|
|Insufficiency of energy, blood or fluids, functional hypoactivity, pale complexion, weakness, shallow breathing, pain relieved by pressure.||Accumulation of energy (stagnant energy), blood, fluids (cysts/tumors), functional hyperactivity, loud and forceful behavior, heavy, rapid breathing, pain worse with pressure.|
|Quality of an imbalance|
|Slow pulse, slow lethargic activity, aversion to cold, pain eased by heat, white tongue coating, introverted.||Rapid pulse, rapid, agitated activity, aversion to heat, thirst, desire for cool climate & drinks, red tongue, extroverted.|
Calvin Dale Smith, BA, MSc, R-TCMP, R-Ac
Registered Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner
Riverside Acupuncture and Wellness Centre
2211 Riverside Dr., Suite 106
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X5