Episode 1: Yin & Yang (Part 1) | The Balance Of Two Opposing Forces

Welcome to Episode 1 of ‘Acupuncture West London – The Podcast’. Today’s episode is entitled, Yin & Yang.

Yin and Yang are representative of a cosmic duality that governs the universe. But what does this actually mean, and, as practitioners, how can we best put these concepts into practice in the treatment of our patients?

To answer these questions, you’ll need to do two things:


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In episode 1, we discuss the following:

  • Yin and Yang as a static concept, and within numerology
  • Yang, Qi and Yin: Motive force and the relationship between Yin and Yang
  • The Laws of Yin and Yang
  • The Tai Ji Symbol
  • The Four Seasons and Five Phases
  • Quality vs. Quantity
  • The Three Yin and Three Yang
  • The Eight Principles
  • Yin and Yang within the clinic
  • Yin and Yang within pathology

To learn more, tune in to our brand-new episode below. You can also listen on iTunesSpotify or Podbean.


Numerology is a vital part of Chinese philosophy. Odd numbers are representative of Yang; even numbers, of Yin.

So when we talk about the number 1 in Chinese numerology, we’re talking about the following:

  • the universal spark
  • the beginning of all things
  • wholeness
  • unity of the universe
  • perfection
  • the infinite
  • the un-manifest
  • the Dao

TAO TE CHING: The Book of The Way (Chapter 1)

“The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named

The unnameable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realise the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

So, what remains nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth. What we can name is often referred to within Chinese philosophy as “mother of the ten thousand things” – the perceivable or the manifest. Even so, everything comes from the source – something untouchable, unperceivable – from the number One – including yin and yang.

To learn more, tune in to episode 1 of our brand-new podcast below. You can also listen on iTunes, Spotify or Podbean.


Tao Te Ching: The Book Of The Way (translated by Stephen Mitchell)

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (translated by Stephen Addiss and Stanley Lombardo

Numerology: a short presentation of the first ten numbers, with their character and their symbolic value (by Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée)

Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen: Annotated Translation of Huang Di’s Inner Classic – Basic Questions (by Paul Unschuld and Hermann Tessenow)

Comments ( 3 )

  • Mags

    didnt know much about yin and yang. so interesting. and the numerology. thanks for sharing

  • JP

    Great stuff. Nice short episodes too. Thanks

  • Ana S

    Thank you. Just found your podcast by accident. Really informative. Hope you keep doing them.

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