"Just imagine what would happen if the practicing physicians, the ones who come into contact directly with suffering humanity, had some acquaintance with Eastern systems of healing! The spirit of the East surges in through every pore, as balm for all the afflictions."
- C.G. Jung
The Foundations of all healing in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
If there is heat, cool it;
If there is cold, warm it;
If there is dryness, moisten it;
If there is dampness, dry it
If there is vacuity, supplement it; and
If there is repletion, drain it
- Nei Jing classic literature
First we must discover the patterns of imbalance in the body; then we must correct the imbalance in two ways:
- When there is too much of anything, reduce it, and
- When there is too little of something, replenish it.
For our bodies to function properly, all our Organs need balance.
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle changes can help restore the balance of Yin and Yang, dampness and dryness, heat and cold, deficiency and excess.
Yin and Yang
It is believed that each of the body's organs has an element of Yin and Yang, and that health is achieved by keeping the two in balance.
Yin - The feminine force of darkness, and the moon.Yin, like water, is yielding, receiving, cold, slow, passive, heavy, dim, moist, quiet and earthly.
Yang - The masculine force of light, sun, day, dryness, heat, heaven, noise, and function. Yang, like fire, is hot, quick, burning, bright, and aggressive.
Qi (pronounced "Chi"): Life's Energy
The basis for all Chinese medicine is energy. This energy is the force that enlivens every cell.
Qi is a type of bioelectrical force that flows throughout the body, and is carried by an extensive network of channels called meridians. Those channels are invisible to the naked eye, yet they have been mapped over the course of thousands of years.
The application of force (acupressure) or insertion of a needle (acupuncture) at different points along these meridians produces a measurable effect on different parts, organs and systems within the body.
Qi makes up the organs and fluids, and flows to and through them carried by the meridians. This means that specific acupuncture points can be used to treat specific organs.
The Qi that flows through our bodies is the same Qi that creates every other part of the universe. Plants, animals, air and water resonate with the same frequency as our individual energies. Therefore, if someone takes an herb, has an acupuncture treatment, or changes their lifestyle or living environment, the Qi present in all those things will cause a change in the internal Qi.
Mind, Body and Spirit
Remember in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) there is no separation between mind, body, and Spirit. Whatever treats the body, helps the mind, and whatever heals the Spirit will also help restore balance to the physical being.
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”