Making vertigo , vertigone.

Vertigo is challenging problem because it relates to balance and our ability to hold ourselves upright.  For anyone who has faced it or is facing it, it is impossible to convey to friends or family how it feels.  It is described as the room spinning, head spinning, bed spins or rocking and swaying which implies a sense of movement that is reminiscent of flowing liquid - not sharp and sudden but more slow and contiuous .   Vertigo can affect our sense of safety and independance.  It can interrupt our lives in ways unimaginable.   

Chinese medicine uses the term xuan yun to describe both dizziness and vertigo, with symptoms ranging from mild dizziness to severe loss of balance.  Vertigo may or may not be initiated by movement of the head and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.  It can even occur while lying in bed or upon waking. It often induces a sense of fear and causes people to remain immobile.

According to Chinese Medicine vertigo is either caused by too much pathological substance (think viruses, head injury creating inflammation, certain medications,drugs, caffeine or alcohol etc) or insufficent physiological substance (think anemia, ischemia, hormonal fluctuations during menopause).  Please note here that pathological substances refers to substances that are not normally found in the body while physiological substances refer to substances that are typically found in the body.

Chinese medicine prescribes acupuncture and herbs in combination to reduce inflammation within the body and restore overall balance.  If you or someone you knows suffers form vertigo Chinese medicine can be very helpful especially in chronic cases i.e. when symptoms don't alleviate or recur frequently.  

The Way of Things - Taosim And The Yin Yang Symbol

Chinese Medicine incorporates Taoist thought including the concept of yin and yang which is so eloquently expressed by the traditional yin yang symbol.  The symbol divides a circle which represents Tao or life into two tear dropped shapes, one black and the other white, which represents a divide of the unity of life into two equal but opposing energies - yin (black) and yang (white).  Typically the black tear drop sinks to the bottom as it represents yin or the female element which is considered heavier as it is nourishing, moistening and cooling whilst the yang represented by white is floats to the top because it refers to the masculine element with it's qualities of lightness, activity and heat.  

Within each tear drop shaped section is a dot of the opposite colour ie within the white tear drop there is a black dot and within the black tear drop there is a white dot.  This symbolizes the concept that yin and yang do not exist as isolated energies - within yin there is yang (black dot in the white tear shape) and yang within yin (white dot within the black tear shape). 

The two tear drop shapes imply some movement (from the larger area to the smaller pointier area on onwards) which is difficult to see in the traditional stylized version but easier to see in this coloured version.  There is continuous flow between the state of yin and the state of yang as the Tao acknowledges that everything is always in a state of flux and a continual state of rebalancing .  When things are in balance the flux between these two states is small as represented by being close to the centre.  When things are out of balance the fluctuations are more exaggerated as indicated by the movement on the outer edge.

To sum it up the yin yang symbol  speaks volumes in its simplicity, describing the dynamic flow of energy between yin and yang, their state of interdependance and harmony.