Traditional Chinese Medicine preserves the health of the body and mind, as it balances the complementary forces of Yin and Yang in the body, and by doing so allows the life energy known as Qi to flourish. Qi flows through defined channels called Meridians, joining the different parts of the body together.
As with Yin and Yang, it is important that the Qi in the body remains in harmony. It is when the flow of Qi is disturbed or blocked that disease occurs. The aim of TCM treatments, is to balance Yin and Yang and thus ensure a free flow of Qi and thus a healthy body and mind.
A key principle in TCM theory is to detect the original trigger of illness. This theory lies at the heart of TCM and implies that healing has to take place at the source, instead of the approach of simply fighting the symptoms which has become so common nowadays. Chinese Medicine Theory is vast and encompassing. It includes not only philosophy, but also the physiology of the human body.
Furthermore, Chinese Medicine divides the human body into basic components, namely organs (Zang Fu), meridians, Qi, Blood, and Fluids. By applying the philosophy of Chinese Medicine, practitioners aim to balance and harmonize the basic components of the body.
The Universe is a colossal system (TaiJi oder Tai-Chi) encompassing smaller systems, all of which should exist in harmony. Man himself is considered to be one of these existing systems and is himself composed of smaller systems. This harmony can be observed in three ways:
a. All parts of the human body influence each other. If one part of the body does not function properly or is in pain, the whole organism will eventually become disturbed. Our mind and body are intertwined, if our spirit is afflicted, then our body suffers as well.
b. Man himself is also a part of nature and his health will thus vary depending on weather, season or environment.
c. Man is constantly interacting with his surroundings. If we are among people we love, we are happier.
Confucius once said:
“If the person is stable, then the family is stable. If the family is stable, then the city is stable. If the city is stable, then the government is stable. If the government is stable, then the country is stable. If the country is stable, then the world is stable.”
– Konfuzius –