Did you know that in old China, doctors were paid to keep people well? Makes sense if we’re calling it healthcare, right? But get this: if their patients got sick, the doctors treated them for free!
In Staying Healthy with the Seasons, Dr. Elson M. Haas combines Eastern and Western healing traditions to form, Integrated Medicine. His basic philosophy is that humans and nature are inextricably linked. There is a two-way communication between us and the natural world and this affects both inner harmony and growth, and physical well-being.
Haas follows the Chinese health and wellness philosophy closely in his book. His total health guide focuses on education and prevention, and “explains the Chinese Law of the Five Elements – Fire, Earth, Metal (or Air), Water, and Wood – and how this system relates to specific seasons of the year, organs in the body, and experiences of activity, emotions, color, and flavor.”
This is only one small part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. From Wikipedia:
“TCM theory is extremely complex and originated thousands of years ago through meticulous observation of nature, the cosmos, and the human body. Major theories include those of Yin-yang, the Five Phases, the human body Channel system, Zang Fu organ theory, six confirmations, four layers, etc…
Traditional Chinese medicine is largely based on the philosophical concept that the human body is a small universe with a set of complete and sophisticated interconnected systems, and that those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the human body.”
Here are just some of the therapies used in TCM:
- Chinese herbal medicine
- Qigong and related breathing and meditation exercise
- Chinese food therapy
- Standing Meditation, Yoga, and even perhaps Chinese martial arts
Scientific research and documented cases have been piling up over the years, validating the effectiveness of TCM. Many naturopathic doctors use TCM theories and treatments in their integrated disease prevention and natural healing practises. Although TCM has yet to be wholly recognized by the Western allopathic medical community, many at least remain open-minded and admit more research is needed.
I’m SO trying acupuncture. Have you tried TCM? What were your experiences?