Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is one of the worlds oldest continuously developing medical systems in the world. There are 5 main branches to the medicine.

  • Herbal Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Qi Gong (Breathing Exercises / Energy Cultivation)
  • Nutrition

The Chinese have understood that the human being is an organism with complex relationships both internally and externally and that the state of health of the organism depends on relative balance. 

In the Yellow Emperor’s Classic, one of first books to reference Chinese Medical thought, which dates to the 3rd Century, B.C.E., a major philosophical shift took place. The study of disease became a rational study and they realized that the causes for disease and decay of the human body had natural causes, this was a major departure from the belief that health or illness was the result of demons and spirits.

Those causes identified included:

  • physical factors such as trauma, insect bites, poison
  • emotional factors such as grief, worry, over-thinking, fear, anger, and even excessive joy.
  • nutritional factors such as an over indulgence in greasy, sweet or salty food as well as nutritional deficiencies
  • environmental factors such as wind, cold, heat, dampness, dryness

While they may not have identified viruses and bacteria, per se, they did realize that wind was a carrier for these “exterior pathogenic factors”.

Being a rational system the physicians job is to identify the pattern of imbalance within the patient, and then to remedy that imbalance with a variety of tools that may have included any of the modalities, (acupuncture, herbs, massage, qi gong, nutrition) and adjustment of the emotional and environmental state of the patient.

In Chinese Medicine there is a great emphasis on prevention of disease and learning to identify the imbalances at an early sub-clinical stage.   

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