Yin Yang Balance
Postmortem analysis can bridge some but not all of our knowledge gaps, but the results are still controversial, and we need a better understanding of the molecular basis and pathways that drive the yin-yang between neuronal survival and death (304a).
Syndromes related to a cultural emphasis on fertility and procreation Genital shrinking syndrome koro suoyang
The 'genital shrinking' syndrome is a transient state of acute anxiety associated with vegetative symptoms, in which the affected male subjectively experiences a shrinking of his penis and the affected female a shrinking of her breasts and or labia the sufferers anticipate not only impotence or sterility but, in the case of complete genital retraction, certain death. Moreover, the immediate human environment of the sufferers is convinced of the same outcome and this explains the 'life saving' measures commonly taken, such as holding on to the sufferer's genitals manually or with special instruments. The 'genital shrinking' syndrome came to the attention of European psychiatry in the late nineteenth century through reports of colonial physicians working in Southeast Asia and through the growing interest in traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese traditional medicine interprets suo-yang as yin-yang imbalance due to a deficiency of the 'warm' male principle yang and an excess of the 'cold'...
All neurotrophins are capable of binding to the pan-neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR). It has now been widely accepted that prime ligands for p75NTR are not the mature form but rather the unprocessed, pro-neurotrophins20. Recent studies support a yin-yang hypothesis that interaction of pro-neurotrophins with p75NTR often elicits biological effects opposite to those elicited by mature neurotrophin-Trk interactions21. While p75NTR facilitates Trk-mediated cell survival in certain cases, a major function of p75NTR, especially when it is expressed alone, is to promote apoptosis22,23. The pro-apoptotic effect of p75NTR is believed to involve the activation of Rac, a small GTP-binding protein, and the activation of Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Proximal events that couple p75NTR and Rac are less clear, but the interaction between p75NTR cytoplasmic domain and several adaptor proteins, including TRAF-6, NRAGE, NADE and NRIF, appears to be important (Figure 12.1B). Another important function of...
The concept of neurasthenia or shenjing shuairuo (nerve weakness), as translated by the Chinese, was not an entirely alien idea. The symptoms associated with neurasthenia (fatigue, loss of memory, poor attention span, headache, tension, insomnia, and all varieties of vague pains) are similar to those in patients suffering from a deficiency in qi (vital essence), i.e. weakness of the kidney, spleen, or heart in traditional Chinese medicine. In addition, the theory of nerve weakness and depletion of nervous energy as causes of neurasthenia is congruent with the traditional Chinese medicine concept of organ weakness and yin-yang deficiency. Thus in no time at all neurasthenia was incorporated into the body of the practice of traditional Chinese medicine and the vocabulary of the lay public.
Yin Yang Balance
Achieve Health, Wealth And Body Balance Through Yin Yang Mastery. Cut up on the old stone drums of Republic of China, inscribed in books handed down through thousands of years, traced on ancient saucers and on saucers made today, is a sign and a symbol. It is woven into textiles, stitched into embroideries, emblazoned over house gates, wrought into shop emblems, a circle, locked together inside it yang and yin yang, light, yin, dark, each carrying inside itself the essence of the other, each shaped to the other