The medical world that most of us are familiar with is relatively new as opposed to chinese medicine which is very ancient. Conventional, modern medicine has come into its own in the last century, and advances are made almost every day to make this form of medication more effective. However, there is another form of medicine that has been practiced for centuries. Chinese medicine originated in Asia around 4000 years ago, and is still practiced today – not only in the eastern part of the world, but in many areas of the west as well. Since the 1950’s, research in the area of Chinese medicine has been abundant, allowing China to train and equip many more doctors in the fields of allopathic medicine.
Chinese medicine is primarily based in Taoism, which is a combination of religion and philosophy. Taoism is rooted in the natural and observable laws of the universe and man’s relation to that universe. This belief system has led to five basic principles of Taoism that are found in Chinese medicine. The first is that there are natural laws that govern the universe, and we are all subject to those laws. The next principle is that the universe is in an organized, harmonious state. The third principle is that because the universe is dynamic, change is a part of it.
The next principle of Taoism that is rooted in Chinese medicine is that all of life is interconnected. This is why Chinese medicine applies a whole system approach to treatment of the body. Finally, Taoism subscribes to the belief that humans are intertwined with nature. This means that environmental factors can affect your health – in both positive and negative ways. It is these five principles that govern the way that Chinese medicine is approached and administered. With this type of treatment, the entire body is considered, in addition to the mind and spirit in order to achieve wholeness and health.
The Treatment Options
There are many components to Chinese medicine, and each has their place at different times and for different conditions. Some of these treatments include acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet and other means. In many cases, treatments will be used in tandem for maximum effectiveness, such as using herbal remedies to support acupuncture treatments. Many people find that Chinese medicine will work when conventional methods of treatment may not. Others realize that the holistic approach to wellness is the most effective route to good health. Whatever your reason, it is possible that this age-old form of medicine might be the best choice for you in achieving optimum wellness.No tags for this post.
December 02 2007 02:37 pm | remedies