In Feng Shui, Wind and Water represents the nature of movement of Qi. Whether we learn martial arts or practice meditation, the majority of expansive principles derive their meaning from the concepts of harmony between yin and yang or the productive cycle between five elements.
Not surprising, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles also stem from the concept of harmony between yin and yang which takes into consideration mostly the nature of temperatures between cool and hot, active or block, for example. Not harmony necessarily where each one is equal to the other, because Yin and Yang are very different but never-the-less each vitally necessary for the production and maintenance of any system even health.
Yin and Yang as a dual but unified force become useful terms that help make sense or explain how the Universe works in so many different aspects of life and nature; even the human psyche. Each property of Yin and Yang do not exist without reference to the other. Just as the Sun alone is difficult to consider without also considering the moon or the earth,
Sometimes, the term balance seems a broad term to use when one wants to explain the properties and main functions of Yin and Yang. To me, the most important aspect of the theory of Yin and Yang is the harmony principle, because as long as Qi can move throughout a system the system functions better. If Qi becomes blocked, the result is negative or even harmful. Yin transitions to Yang and Yang to Yin. The imbalance or lack of harmony between the two forces nature of interchange is when the need arises for directing harmony between the two (directing Qi). TCM identifies areas of the body that either Yin or Yang in nature, such as the liver or the heart has their natural yin or yang nature, but at times an imbalance we might find that we are feeling out of balance which may mean our system is too yin or too yang.
For example, certain organs have an elemental characteristic that is the result of the natural tendency of interaction between Yin and Yang necessary for proper function and maintenance within the body, but time is also important in the relevance of harmony. Sometimes we may be overjoyed as a natural tendency for most when experiencing something out of the ordinary making us feel extreme happiness. We would not readily say, “oh calm down you are too happy”, yet at times our emotions may become stuck (stagnant or overly active Qi) so a person who seems too happy or too sad often enough may cause us to wonder if there exists an imbalance or lack of harmony in the individual’s emotions (spirit).
From a holistic approach, TCM bases most ailments on the idea of emotions that can disrupt the natural harmony and flow of healthy Qi throughout the body. TCM considers first and foremost a person’s spirit as an integral component of the body and the beginning stages of diagnosis. A person with an imbalance in spirit, depending on his or her symptoms will give an idea of what are of the body may be out of harmony with the rest of the body. When emotions are out of balance, references to Yin or Yang are common initially related to the condition of one’s spirit. A person may experience feelings (emotion) of lack in meaning of life, self-loathing, or worthlessness. These emotions can be the root to stuck Qi or an imbalance of Yin or Yang further symbolizing certain organs or regions of the body characteristic of one the five main elements: (1) fire, (2) water, (3) earth, (4) metal, and (5) wood.
Once the qualified practitioner of TCM recognizes the symptoms and targets an organ or area of the body, he or she may recommend certain types or a combination of different forms of treatment, such as Qi Gong, meditation, or even herbal remedies to help break up stagnant Qi or harmonize overly Yang energy to areas of the body to balance out and regulate the natural and healthy flow of Qi within the body. Acupuncture is another popular form of treatment for those who want to explore a physician approved holistic approach to treatment sometimes preferred over some Western traditional and side effect riddled medication treatments.