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The art of healing and the quest for effective cures has been aroundfor centuries For the Greeks and the Chinese imbalance was determinedto be the cause of illness the Chinese focused on the cosmology of Yinand Yang while the Greeks focused on determining what caused the illnessand how to combat the illness Even though both cultures saw imbalanceto be the cause of the illness the Greeks and the Chinese had differentways of attempting to cure their sickImbalance had two different meanings for the Chinese imbalance dealtwith Yin and Yang Yang is the male principle of light and life the dayand the sun strength and activity Yin is the female principle ofdarkness and death the night and the moon weakness and passivityAndrea P116 Yin and Yang deals with every aspect of the world evenhumans have a blend of Yin and Yang Therefore maintaining theharmonious balance of Yin and Yang that is special to each element ofnature is essential for preserving its well-being and proper functionAndrea P116 With the Greeks imbalance dealt with the four humorsblood phlegm black bile and yellow bile An excess of any humor causespsychic and physical imbalance Andrea P117 This throws the body outof balance but because every person is different humors are neverimbalance and because of this each person has different characteristicsHowever when the imbalance becomes to great and a person gets ill adoctor had to involved and help the body get back into balance bywithholding foods and medicines that either reduced or increased one ormore of the humors Andrea P117The Yellow Emperors Classic of Internal Medicine was the earliest knowChinese medical text although it is not certain when this was writtenit does focus on the theory of Yin and Yang This texts talks about howa wise person must act in conformity with the four seasons each amanifestation of the cyclic interplay of Yin and Yang Spring is whenYang is on the rise and Yin on the wane Summer is the
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