Concept of Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. It is a 5000 year old healing system developed from observing the relationship between people and their environments to understand the delicate interplay between health and disease.
Chinese medicine involves a holistic thinking process based on the concept that no single symptom can be understood unless considered in relationship with the whole being. Symptoms and general characteristics are considered to track the development of the pattern of disharmony.
Treatment modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, qigong, medical massage, and moxibustion are used to prevent illness, balance disharmonious patterns, and promote optimal health.
The theory of yin and yang, the two parts of the complete application of logic, is used to explain relationships, patterns, and change in the universal life energy (qi).
Qi flows through an intricate system of channels to all parts of the body. These channels connect internal organs to extremities as well as to each other creating an organ network system. The quality of qi flow through these channels determines one’s state of health:
Smooth flowing Qi = health Unsmooth flowing Qi = disharmony
Logic of Chinese Medicine
The body, like all of nature, is in a continuous process of natural change.
A part can only be understood in relation to its whole; for example, a single symptom is understood in relation to the entire body environment.
There is a connection between all parts leading to treatment of the whole person via the 3 treasures:
A strong emphasis is placed on health rather than disease and prevention is important, how to stay well. To maintain order rather than correct disorder is the ultimate principle of wisdom.
A pattern of disease can be determined to help access where an imbalance may progress to and treatment directed to prevent further progression.
Treatment is focused on the patient not the disease or symptom and is tailored to each individual. For example, three patients presenting with the same symptom, such as head pain, will receive a different treatment based on individual diagnostic information.