About Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine that has been practiced for over two millennia throughout Asia. It encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, qi gong, taiji, meditation, massage, and feng shui. Through critical thinking and extensive clinical observation and testing, the resulting medicine is effective and holistic in its approach. Chinese medicine is deeply rooted in logic, philosophy, nature, and habits of society.
The Chinese medicine trained physician looks at the physical, mental, and emotional health of an individual in order to weave together a diagnosis, or rather a pattern of disharmony. By using this technique of diagnosis, we do not look for a linear relationship that connects cause and effect. Rather, Chinese medicine attempts to organize and connect signs and symptoms to provide a foundation for treatment, while also empowering the health of the individual. It is here that a plan is created to work on the physical, mental and emotional levels of a person in order to restore harmony.
The effectiveness of Chinese medicine lies in its ability of the physician to tailor treatment to the individual. The emphasis is on the individual, thus a “one size fits all” approach may not be the best course of treatment. When a symptom arises, Chinese medicine looks to understand how that symptom fits within the greater whole of the person and their life.
With regards to the differences of Western and East Asian medical traditions, one teacher writes, “Western science involves the qualitative analysis of structure, and traditional Asian science involves the qualitative assessment of function.” While both systems are effective in their own regard, their integration improves the overall health of the person. The goal is to create an environment for people to live radiant, healthy and purposeful lives.