What is pain all about?

Today we discuss more the concept and illustration of Yin-Yang.

The theory says that only with balanced Yin-Yang, we can be healthy in mind, body and spirit.

We use an illustration to discuss Yin-Yang.

The word of “Pain” in western culture is “pain” by itself. But in Chinese culture, there are two words to describe “Pain”, called “TengTong” “疼痛”。

These two characters represent different manifestation of pain, and it carries meaning of Yin-Yang.

The character Tong “痛” consists of two parts, the outer part represents bed. Meaning the person is in pain and resting on bed. And The inner part is another character “甬” “Yong”, meaning spring water flow. If the spring water is blocked, then it is abnormal and resulted in something negative, i.e. pain.

And YEIC has the concept of Qi, which is like spring water flow, constantly moving, and should not be blocked, otherwise illnesses arise.

Most of the time, the Qi flow is blocked due to wrong diets, unbalanced emotions like worries, anger, fear etc.

内经说 :“不通则痛,痛则不通。”

Then the other character, “疼” “Teng”. Again the outer part of the character represent bed, and the inner part “冬” “dong” represent winter, cold, something external that attacks the body and resulted in pain.

For example, excessive coldness causes blood to be stagnant, not flow easily, and pain resulted. It can also be internal “Cold” generated by the body, the person concerned often feel cold, even in warm weather.

Often females period pain is a result of internal cold generated, which can come from diets of intrinsic cold in nature, or depression, suppression of emotions.

Hence Teng “疼” (one type of pain) represents cold in nature, cold wind, cold flow in motion, and it fits the definition of Yang, (constant flow).

And Tong “痛” (another type of pain) represents something blocked, stagnant, and it fits into the definition of Yin.

Now we can imagine the misery and difficulty of autistic child, they have no language to express their discomfort felt within. It can be Yin Tong “痛” pain, or Teng “疼” Yang pain.

Again compared with western culture and western medicine, no such differentiation is made on pain.

With the above YEIC concepts, treatment can be more focused e.g. to dissolve the blockages so that blood can flow easily, whereas Western Medicine usually just administer pain-killer.

You can see that YEIC has formed a part of Chinese Culture, with Chinese characters taking up the concepts of the ancient sages.

Ancient sages believe that Life cannot be divorced from Yin-Yang.

This discussion involves a few key concepts which are elaborated in the 2-day YEIC training class , or online training for learners outside Malaysia “Yin Yang Theory 阴阳学说”, “Pain in two concepts 疼痛” ,“Blockages cause pain 不通则痛,痛则不通”,”活血化瘀”。

Video Training courses on “Ancient Wisdom today Well being” are available at

“Philosophy, Yin Yang Theory & Application”

“Qi (Its mystery unfolded), 5-Essential Human Life Variables”

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