The basic theory behind traditional Chinese medicine is to relate the duality of yin and yang with the life force or ‘chi’, and balance them within the body.
The Chinese herbal tradition dates back approximately 4,000 years, and Taoist legend claims that the father of traditional Chinese medicine, Shen Nung (2,000 BC) is said to have introduced the concept of yin and yang – the feminine, positive and yielding; and the masculine, active and assertive – the two fundamental principles of the Universe.
Illness was believed to result from an imbalance of yin and yang and the chi (or life force) of the body, and death would intervene when they ceased to flow in harmony.
Over the centuries, traditional Chinese medicine has maintained its power, strength and potency, and many were/are skilled at administering the ancient herbal prescriptions for all the common ailments.
Diagnosis is made by analysing the individual’s response to the five elements – Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood. These elements relate to the body’s organs and their ability to deal with both external forces and their genetic inheritance. All illnesses and energy relates back to the elements, and by treating the deficiencies in the elements of yin and yang, harmony is restored and the illness or dis-ease reversed (or cured).
The philosophy behind traditional Chinese medicine is that illnesses are caused by emotions such as excess sadness or depression, anger, obsessive-ness, grief, worry and/or fear. These negative emotions can cause a breakdown in the body’s defence mechanisms, and leads to dis-ease and ill-health. The principle is that each negative emotion or pattern affects a certain part of the body, and each organ has a specific target emotion.
For example, anger affects the liver, depression affects the lungs, and fear affects the kidneys. Taking the diagnostic pulses shows the practitioner which particular organs (and therefore which particular emotions) need to be targeted and reversed. The practitioner will then prescribe an individually designed formula which may contain herbal, mineral and (sometimes) animal ingredients.
Traditional Chinese medicine had been proven to help almost any and all ailments, and has been backed up by thousands of years of research and practice. It has been shown to be particularly effective in the treatment of allergies, arthritis, migraines, skin infections and digestive disorders amongst many others.
Today, Chinese traditional medicine is considered to be an orthodox and mainstream therapy, having overcome the hurdle of twentieth century scientific revolution and research, and has been accepted all over the world.