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All About Chinese Medicine


Excerpt from the Tao Teh Ching:

        Before an omen arises,

        It’s easy to take preventative measures.

        What is still soft is easily melted;

        What is still small is easily scattered.

        Deal with things in their formative state;

        Put things in order before they grow confused.


Chinese medical principles are rooted in the balance of Yin and Yang with the belief that all diseases stem from an imbalance in these energies and other energies in the body. Therefore, all treatment or therapies focus on re-establishing a harmonious essence, energy and spirit in order for the body to protect and heal itself.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners need to know all about human health, all diseases of both the body and the mind. They also study and apply herbology, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, psychology, human emotions, sexology, meteorology and many other affiliated fields. To pass the qualifying exams in traditional Chinese medicine in the East today, would take an average of ten to fifteen years worth of study – the exams are strenuous and cover a huge variety of situations.


Chinese medicine holds to the theory that the majority of diseases are caused by environmental elements (wind, cold, moisture, heat, fire and aridity) as well as by internal factors (anger, pleasure, anxiety, despondency, fear and terror). Thus the treatment aims to remove harmful toxins from the body as well as strengthen vitality and resistance to disease.


Unlike the health care systems of today, wealthy Chinese households prior to the twentieth century would have a respected physician available to the whole family on a permanent basis. This physician would visit the family frequently so as to monitor the health of each family member. This person dispensed preventative advice, ensured they were eating correctly, checked their personal habits were not detrimental to their health and kept in touch with how each member was thriving.

Should a family member have succumbed to illness, the physician would not be paid his monthly payment and payments would only resume once the patient’s health was restored.

Perhaps today’s topsy-turvy health care system can learn a lot from the early Chinese!