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TCM101: Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Yin-Yang and Five Element Theory

The theories of Yin-Yang and the Five Element were the creation and development of the ancient Chinese through their long and faithful tradition of observing nature's cycles and changes. The theory says that wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are the basic substances constituting the material world. These five basic substances are considered an indispensable part of daily life. However, due to dynamic movement and the mutual antagonism of yin and yang factors, the material world that is made up of the Five Elements is thus in a constant state of flux.

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The ancient Chinese applied these two major set of theories in the medical field to explain the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body, and to serve as a guide to the clinical treatment on the basis of syndrome differentiation (and I will come to explain this in much greater detail in the sections to come). These theories have become an important component of framework of traditional Chinese medicine.

More about Yin-Yang Theory and Five Elements Theory.

Qi, Blood, and Body Fluid

Qi, blood, and body fluid are fundamental substances of the human body which sustain the normal physiological functions of the zang-fu organs and tissues.

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