What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is a complete medical methodology, which has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness, for over twenty-three centuries. While it is often used to relieve physical, and psychological ailments. Chinese medicine can also be used to enhance recuperative power, immunity, the capacity for pleasure, work, and creativity.
Yin and Yang are terms used to describe the 'natural balance' which maintains normal functions in daily life. When the body becomes ill, it is a consequence of imbalance. The goal of treatment is to adjust, and harmonize the Yin and the Yang. This is achieved by regulating the 'Qi', moisture and blood, in organs. Weak organs are toned, congested channels opened, excess dispersed, tightness softened, and agitation is calmed.
Treatment incorporates Chinese herbs, acupuncture, Chinese exercise, diet, Acupressure therapy, and many other therapies. The duration of treatment depends on the nature of the complaint, its severity, and duration.
How Do Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Differ? Chinese medicine views people as ecosystems in miniature. It seeks to improve our capacity to balance and renew our resources. Chinese medicine minimizes the erosion of our soil by enriching it, maximizes the flow of nutrients by increasing our circulation, and helps in many ways to prevent bottlenecks and obstructions to our energy.
Western medicine often intervenes only after a crisis has arisen. Chinese medicine attempts to anticipate problems. By maintaining our interior landscape, and correcting depletion and stagnation at an earlier stage, greater problems, which could occur later, are avoided.
Sometimes Western medicine has nothing to offer for certain nagging, chronic, complaints. In such cases Chinese medicine can help. Chinese and Western medicine are not substitutes for each other, but they are complementary. Whereas Western medicine often heroically rescues us, Chinese medicine can protect and preserve our health on a daily basis, helping to slow down the aging process.