Reasons to love the Chinese medicine
Article by Izet Jusufbašic
Traditional Chinese medicine is a branch of medicine that is based on more than 3,500 years of Chinese medical practice. Chinese medicine includes various forms such as:
- bloodletting process (báguàn)
- scraping (gua sha) (using skin scraping tools to stimulate circulation, relax muscles or for lymphatic drainage)
- massage (tui na)
- bone placement (die-da)
- exercise (qigong)
- dietary therapy
Traditional Chinese medicine is a medical system based on the philosophical concept that a person is the primary energy being. Maintaining the matter of the body, ie the existence of organs, but also their functioning, is enabled by the vital energy - Qi. It is caused by the combined work of the lungs, spleen and stomach from air, food and water, and a part of the so-called essential energy we inherit from our parents. Vital energy is constantly flowing through the body in paths called channels or meridians. These start from the internal organs and go to the surface layer of the body. Each organ or organic function has its own meridian. They are marked with Roman numerals and there are a total of XIV.
Just as the flow of the river is not the same everywhere, so this energy river is different in its strength and characteristics. The places on the channels where the energy is clean and strong are the acupuncture points. There are 365 of them in the body and they are distributed from head to toe. They represent the zones of the skin through which we can influence the work of organs and thus the preservation of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.
Balance as the basis of everything
Based on Taoist philosophy, Chinese medicine sees the human body as a small universe with a series of interconnected systems that, when in balance (harmony), maintain the healthy functioning of the human body. Diseases are caused by an imbalance of Yin and Yang in the body, two energies that are constantly changing, melting into each other, forming a whole called the Tao.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, disease occurs due to an imbalance in the body, primarily due to unhealthy factors in the natural environment, or those due to bad habits. In Chinese medical practice, some general symptoms, such as dry mouth and coated tongue, may be signs that there has been a delay in functioning. While these symptoms are largely ignored by Western medicine, which focuses only on specific and individual signs of the disease, doctors who practice traditional Chinese medicine often "read" these inconspicuous symptoms as a guide for diagnosis.
A person is a microcosm
Over centuries of its application, traditional Chinese medicine has evolved into a unique and integral medicine system. Due to its high effectiveness and disease prevention capabilities, it shares an equal place with Western medicine in the Chinese health care system and is applied with great success all over the world. There is a saying that a person is like a microcosm within a macrocosm and that the processes that take place in our body are influenced by the same forces that rule the universe. That is why it is very important for people to harmonise their way of life, diet and behavior with nature and with the seasons.
The cultural tradition of ancient China and ancient Chinese medicine speaks of five elements (wood, fire, soil, metal and water) and principles:
- Respect the power of nature, respect the healing powers of nature. Every person possesses self-healing powers in their body. The role of the physician is to unravel and enhance, activate these powers of self-healing using a non-toxic and natural unique method of therapy.
- Look at a person as a whole. Look at each person as a whole system, revealing the unity of body, mind and spirit. If the whole is out of balance, then the body, the mind or the spirit will also be out of balance. Chinese traditional medicine is a process of restoring balance, healing and activation of life energy.
- Discover and treat the cause, not the consequence. By discovering the cause, the elimination of the consequences can occur. Do not treat the symptoms, treat the root cause.
- A doctor is a teacher. A doctor trains, advises, talks, observes, analyses, acts on a patient, transmits their knowledge, experiences and finds answers with the patient. It is the doctor's duty to teach the patient the patterns of healthy living by applying the universal principles of living.
Generally speaking, Western medicine has its advantages and is suitable for the treatment of acute diseases, while traditional Chinese medicine is suitable for the treatment of chronic diseases and general health conditions. While Western medicine is characterised by a materialistic approach to the human body in which the emphasis is on treating physical and physiological changes in the body and its organs, traditional Chinese medicine pays more attention to the internal functions of organs and is baded on life energy.
Western medicine is characterised by the application of a narrowly specialised method of treatment in which the diagnosis of the disease is the main guideline that directs the forms and method of treatment. The traditional Chinese system of treatment is essentially holistic – because it views the human organism as a whole, as an inseparable part of the Cosmos that functions according to its laws. That is why in traditional Chinese medicine, the type of balance disorder is the focus and not the diagnosis of the disease.
"Eastern medicine treats human health as the body's ability to maintain balance and integrity. A person is a part of the microcosm surrounded by the Cosmos in which the same forces on which the microcoms is based operate. A person is a part of the whole. The organs of the body interact with each other, the same way that a person interacts with nature. Western medicine doesn't take into account the spiritual world of a person. For Eastern medicine, the spirit is in balance with the body and the sick body is identified with the sick spirit“.
What especially distinguishes traditional Chinese medicine from Western medicine is the so-called herbal medicine and the application of modern dietary preparations based on the principles of Chinese traditional medicine that can help those who are ill, but also those who want to maintain vitality and health.
In Chinese medicine, nutrition is also a form of therapy. All foods have a certain effect, although their effect is much weaker than the effect of medicinal plants. Foods are divided according to taste, temperature effect, belonging to a certain functional area and the amount of energy they contain. Chinese medicine believes that dietetics play an extremely important role in disease prevention, and is an excellent complement to acupuncture and phytotherapy. The diet adapts not only to the disorder, but also to the season.
Many reputable organisations, such as the World Health Organisation and the National Institute of Health, recognise the value of Chinese medicine and consider it a very effective alternative to modern treatments.
Taoist practices use the energy centers to work with the life force energy as a means to improved health, spirituality and longevity. Tao principles are covered during our Tantra Teacher Training Course, which will provide profound knowledge on the art of Tantra from different perspectives. Learn more about its program here.