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JOURNAL OF BEIJIGN UNIVERSITY OF TRADITIONAL CHINE ›› 2017, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (12): 973-977.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-2157.2017.12.001

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Reflection on the connotation of yin and yang in TCM*

HAO Yu, HE Juan#   

  1. School of Chinese Medinese, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2017-08-20 Online:2017-12-10 Published:2017-12-10

Abstract: Yin and yang, as the most fundamental philosophical concept in traditional Chinese medicine, is often interpreted as two opposite polar in contradictory theory or in the law of opposite unity. Yin and yang in TCM, however, has more profound meanings, which are absent in the theory of opposite unity. Connotation of yin and yang, in Huangdi’s Internal Classic (Huangdi Neijing), contains at least three levels of meanings. It refers to heaven qi and earth qi as the origin of the universe; metaphysical yin and yang; and an extrapolated thinking pattern. The law of opposite unity only expresses the connotation of the second level.

Key words: yin and yang, law of opposite unity, dialectics, yin-yang thinking pattern

CLC Number: 

  • R226