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Energetics of Humans and Nature 

Energetics of Humans and Nature
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Energetics of Humans and Nature
Author(s):

Jingduan Yang

and Daniel A. Monti

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190210052.003.0002
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date: 18 October 2019

This chapter teaches the theory of Yin and Yang, including its definition, examples of Yin and Yang in life and nature, and clinical application of the Yin and Yang theory. It also elaborates on the theory of Wu Xing (Five Elements), its concepts, examples of five elements in all aspects in life and nature, and their dynamic relationships and clinical applications. The human body maintains homeostasis inside itself and with nature through a generating (Shen) and inhibiting (Ke) relationship among the five elements described in Wu Xing theory. The theories of both Yin and Yang and Wu Xing support that the energetic human being is part of nature and the universe and that the relation between the two needs to be cultivated. The modern medical equivalents of Yin/Yang and Wu Xing are described in all regulatory mechanism of hormones, neurotransmitters, immune factors, autonomic nerve systems, metabolism, and biological homeostasis.

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