Terms of Use Agreement

Our Terms and Conditions are divided into the following sections:

Yin Yang House Does Not Provide Medical Advice

The information contained within our site, including text, graphics, images and other material ("Content") are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on our site!

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or emergency number (911 in the US) immediately. We do not recommend or endorse any specific tests, acupuncturists, bodyworkers, herbalists, energy therapists, healers, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on our site. Reliance on any information provided by Yin Yang House, Yin Yang House staff, others appearing on our site at the invitation of Yin Yang House, or other visitors to our site is at your own risk.

Use of our content

Our content is protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. Our text, graphics or any other content may not be copied, reproduced or modified in any way for any purpose. We do allow you to make one print or electronic copy of our information for your personal - noncommercial - use. This copy may not be modified in any way or stored anywhere where other people may gain access to it. If you would like to use some of our material you must have written authorization from us and it must include the following copyright notice:
" Reprinted With Permission From YinYangHouse.com
Copyright (c) 2001-2010 Yin Yang House
All Rights Reserved "

as well as any other copyright and proprietary rights notices that are contained in the Content.

Any use of the Content not expressly permitted by these Terms and Conditions is a breach of these Terms and Conditions and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws. Content and features are subject to change or termination without notice in the editorial discretion of Yin Yang House. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to Yin Yang House and its licensors. If you violate any of these Terms and Conditions, your permission to use the Content automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of any portion of the Content.

Liability of Yin Yang House, Staff and Affiliates

The use of the Yin Yang House Site and the Content is at your own risk.

When using the Yin Yang House Site, information will be transmitted over a medium that may be beyond the control and jurisdiction of Yin Yang House and its suppliers. Accordingly, Yin Yang House assumes no liability for or relating to the delay, failure, interruption, or corruption of any data or other information transmitted in connection with use of the Yin Yang House Site.

The Yin Yang House Site and the content are provided on an "as is" basis. Yin Yang House and its suppliers, to the fullest extent permitted by law, disclaim all warranties, either express or implied, statutory or otherwise, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, non-infringement of third parties' rights, and fitness for particular purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, Yin Yang House and its suppliers make no representations or warranties about the following:

1. The accuracy, reliability, completeness, currentness, or timeliness of the Content, software, text, graphics, links, or communications provided on or through the use of the Yin Yang House Site or Yin Yang House.

2. The satisfaction of any government regulations requiring disclosure of information on prescription drug products or the approval or compliance of any software tools with regard to the Content contained on the Yin Yang House Site.

In no event shall Yin Yang House, its suppliers, or any third parties mentioned on the Yin Yang House Site be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages, personal injury/wrongful death, lost profits, or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) resulting from the use of or inability to use the Yin Yang House Site or the Content, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and whether or not Yin Yang House is advised of the possibility of such damages. Yin Yang House shall be liable only to the extent of actual damages incurred by you, not to exceed U.S. $100. Yin Yang House is not liable for any personal injury, including death, caused by your use or misuse of the Site, Content, or Public Areas (as defined below). Any claims arising in connection with your use of the Site, any Content, or the Public Areas must be brought within one (1) year of the date of the event giving rise to such action occurred. Remedies under these Terms and Conditions are exclusive and are limited to those expressly provided for in these Terms and Conditions.

User Submissions, Discussion Forum Usage and Practitioner Directory (Premium Member) Usage

Yin Yang House is not responsible for any content posted within our Discussion Forum or included in any directory listing or practitioner profile within our Practitioner Directory. You agree that you will not upload or transmit any communications or content of any type to the Public Areas (including message boards, practitioner websites, ask a practitioner postings, etc.) that infringe or violate any rights of any party. By submitting communications or content to the Public Areas, you agree that such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.

Yin Yang House is not responsible for the consequences of any communications in the Public Areas. However, we reserve the right to remove or edit any posting, practitioner directory listing or website if we find they fail to conform to our terms and conditions.

By using any information within our Discussion Forum or Practitioner Directory you agree that you are solely responsible for your own communications, the consequences of posting those communications, and your reliance on any communications found in those areas. All payments for subscriptions to these areas are non-refundable.

As a practitioner you also agree to not post information about your own practice websites, your practice location, etc. within the public forums. We have free directory memberships for this purpose and will remove this information from posts and any postings which are made for purely spamming purposes (i.e. done just to have your links and/or information posted).  Members are not allowed to publish practice information within their signatures as most postings automatically have links to their profile and their practice information.  This is done largely to keep our forums clean and to avoid lots of duplicate information. It also makes it easier for our users should they change practice locations in the future.  "Premium" of "Full" practitioner members are those who have earned more than 15 userpoints by submitting content into our site.  They are allowed to publish their practice information and other types of submissions.  This privilege can be revoked at any time for any reason and associated content may be removed at any time for any reason.


In consideration of being allowed to use the Public Areas, you agree that the following actions shall constitute a material breach of these Terms and Conditions:

  1. Using a Public Area for any purpose in violation of local, state, national, or international laws;
  2. Posting material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;
  3. Posting material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by Yin Yang House in its sole discretion;
  4. Posting advertisements or solicitations of business;
  5. After receiving a warning, continuing to disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or posting comments that are not related to the topic being discussed (unless it is clear the discussion is free-form);
  6. Posting chain letters or pyramid schemes;
  7. Impersonating another person;
  8. Distributing viruses or other harmful computer code;
  9. Harvesting or otherwise collecting information about others, including email addresses, without their identification for posting or viewing comments; consent;
  10. Allowing any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments
  11. Posting the same note more than once or "spamming"; or
  12. Engaging in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Public Area or the Site, or which, in the judgment of Yin Yang House, exposes Yin Yang House or any of its customers or suppliers to any liability or detriment of any type.
  13. Posting 3rd party links that are largely for the purpose of attracting attention to said website.  In general all 3rd party links will be removed unless they are directly relevant.  Posters should provide full-length posts with all relevant information contained within.

Yin Yang House reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:

  1. Record the dialogue in public chat rooms.
  2. Investigate an allegation that a communication(s) do(es) not conform to the terms of this section and determine in its sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the communication(s).
  3. Remove communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Terms and Conditions.
  4. Terminate a user's access to any or all Public Areas and/or the Yin Yang House Site upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  5. Monitor, edit, or disclose any communication in the Public Areas.
  6. Edit or delete any communication(s) posted on the Yin Yang House Site, regardless of whether such communication(s) violate these standards.

Yin Yang House reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary to protect the personal safety of our guests or the public. Yin Yang House has no liability or responsibility to users of the Yin Yang House Site or any other person or entity for performance or nonperformance of the aforementioned activities. 

With regard to user accounts and the information presented within (interests, signature, etc.), we reserve the right to change and/or remove any information that is misleading, inappropriate, or unnecessary.  We also reserve the right to remove information that links to other websites, professional practice information and other information which is only allowed by our premium members.  Postings and other information that are listed solely to raise attention to yourself without offering valuable information to our readers will be edited or removed without notice at our discretion.

For practitioner members we reserve the right to edit and/or remove full length articles, news postings, and event postings that do not meet our terms of use.  While we have a relatively open format, our primary concern is that posts should be written in non-commercial ways (i.e. not written just simply to post about yourself and/or your practice).  This is an informational site, not an advertising board.

For practitioner members you we own the copyright to your postings and we are free to use them in our email newsletters, repost them through outlets such as facebook, twitter, etc., and link to them directly from external sites.  With regards to our userspoints system, any postings that are not of value (i.e. made just to post something) may result in a deduction of your userpoints.  Userpoints are used for free memberships and spamming our forums with random posts that are of little interest to our readers is not their intent.

Usernames on our site should be simply that, not entire names to your business or describing what you do, etc.  "Bob Jones" is a good username "Acupuncture In City, State", "Whole Person Health Care, LLC"... are not.  Titles such as dr., l.ac, lmt, etc. are also not allowed.  We reserve the right to change any username at anytime for not adhering to these basic principles.

Privacy Policy and Confidentiality

The Yin Yang House does not release any information regarding its members, customers, or visitors to anyone outside of our staff for any reason. This includes all correspondence with the Yin Yang House as well as website traffic and visitor logs. Upon logging into our site your session is kept active with the use of browser cookies which will track your activities while on our site. These logs are never shared. While you may elect to be contacted via your membership profile, the use of our site to contact members for marketing purposes is strictly against our policies and abuse should be reported immediately. All email, telephone, and written correspondence of any nature sent to the Yin Yang House is kept strictly confidential.

Advertisements, Searches and Links to Practitioners (Directory Services), and Other Sites

The Yin Yang House may elect to display advertisements for certain products of value to our readers and to display ads from brokers such as Google and Amazon. All advertisements for external sites will be marked as such: "Ads by Google", "Amazon.com", etc. We do not accept any advertisements for non health related products, services or schools, although they may appear via the brokered links.

The Yin Yang House may provide links to practitioner sites either hosted on our site or on other servers as well as to other sources of information on the internet. Yin Yang House also may select certain sites as priority responses to search terms you enter. Yin Yang House does not recommend and does not endorse the content on any third-party websites or practitioner websites hosted by us. Yin Yang House is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites, sites framed within the Yin Yang House Site, third-party sites provided as search results, or third-party advertisements, and does not make any representations regarding their content or accuracy. Your use of third-party websites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such sites. Yin Yang House does not endorse any practitioner, product, idea or treatment mechanism on the Yin Yang House Site.

With regard to the practitioner listings: practitioners have contributed content to be listed with our site and with this comes the ability for them to submit full-length content.  The Yin Yang House and it's staff are not responsible for any of the content within their listing, practice information or any content that they may submit. Non premium members who are practitioners on our site are not permitted to list practice information and links to their practice within their basic profile. All information of this nature will be removed.  We also reserve the right to deny practitioner listings for any reason including, but not limited to, proximity to our locations and/or affiliates to avoid mis-representation, intentional or non-intentional, as well as mis-representation of qualifications, etc.

These listings are reserved for individual practitioners, so the address listing(s) and the member events and news postings should remain limited to the individual practitioner who signs up for the membership.  Addresses where the individual does not practice will be removed and excessive posting of news and events not related to the individual will also be removed.  We reserve the right to terminate a listing and account at anytime due to violation of these terms.

Products purchased via our Site or Third-Party Sites

Our site provides product links to third-party site and for sale from our own store. For third-party sites we cannot be held responsible for any purchases that you may make and matters must be handled directly with the third-party vendors. For products available from our site, you must use them at your own risk. There are no refunds of any kind for any reason, so please ask questions before you purchase. For herbal supplements we cannot provide diagnosis over the internet or phone, so if you have questions please contact your healthcare provider directly.

Idemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Yin Yang House, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and suppliers, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of these Terms and Conditions.

General

Yin Yang House is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the United States of America. Yin Yang House makes no claims that the Content is appropriate or may be downloaded outside of the United States. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Yin Yang House Site from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction. The following provisions survive the expiration or termination of these Terms and Conditions for any reason whatsoever: Liability, User Submissions, Indemnity, Jurisdiction, and Complete Agreement.

Jurisdiction

You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with Yin Yang House, or in any way relating to your use of the Yin Yang House Site, resides in the courts of the State of Tennessee and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the State of Tennessee in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving Yin Yang House or its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, contractors, officers, directors, telecommunication providers, and content providers.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of Tennessee, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.

Complete Agreement

Except as expressly provided in a particular "legal notice" on the Yin Yang House Site, these Terms and Conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and Yin Yang House with respect to the use of the Yin Yang House Site, and Content.

We hope you find the Yin Yang House Site a useful resource to learn and share information regarding Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments regarding this website, including any reports of non-functioning links or information which you feel is inaccurate.