Know your Yin from Yang
Chinese medicine represents an independent system of medical knowledge which has its own unique language of the body and terms to describe physiology and diseases.
Some concepts such as Yin and Yang are unique to Chinese medicine, while other terms such as Kidney Yin Deficiency or Liver Qi Stagnation are frequent causes of confusion between Chinese medicine practitioners, patients, biomedical doctors and allied health professionals.
Chinese medicine theory is closely influenced by nature and uses many metaphors from the natural world to explain the organisation and function of various systems of the body.
Here are some tips to help you better understand the language of Chinese medicine.