Find out what Chinese medicine is, everything about its fundamentals and how it works on our body.
Chinese medicine – also referred to as traditional Chinese medicine – is a holistic philosophy born in Asia over 2500 years ago. According to this vision of medicine, the human being is composed of three basic entities: mind, body and spirit. To stay healthy and obtain a general state of well-being, people must achieve the balance between these three energies.
Chinese medicine fundamentals
In addition to the three entities, Chinese medicine is based on the pair of complementary forces, traditionally defined as yin and yang. Everything in nature can be distinguished on the basis of these two polar aspects: for example, day and night, which are respectively yin and yang.
The 5 elements which describe the entire universe are very important in Chinese medicine. Their importance lies in the fact that each of them is in relationship with the others, to adjust to our vital energy, and their imbalance produces disease.
The five elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of these represents two bodies (one yin and one yang). To be precise, the wood represents the liver and the gall bladder, while the fire symbolizes the heart and the small intestine. The earth indicates stomach and spleen (also pancreas), the metal is a symbol of the lungs and large intestine, while the water represents the kidneys and the bladder.
Chinese medicine practice
Among the most common therapies practiced within traditional Chinese medicine, there is acupuncture, acupressure, foot reflexology and Chinese massage. This last technique, which is called Tui Na, can be done on one’s own, if it takes place in a localized area of the body, or by an experienced operator.
In order to correctly practice the Chinese massage, you need to work with fingers, hands and elbows all over the body. Moreover, you need a series of manipulations, some of which are very complex. The benefits are significant. It relieves stress and tensions, strengthens the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system, Moreover, it decreases anxiety and irritability.
Food and Chinese medicine
Another important element is the food regime: following a poor diet causes an imbalance that can cause many diseases. On the contrary, eating well restores the state of balance necessary to be healthy.
Traditional Chinese medicine does not distinguish between healthy foods and foods to avoid. Each food is included in one of the five fundamental categories, inspired by its flavor: sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salt.
Within these categories, yin and yang further divide all the foods. Depending on the type of disorder to cure, you will need to act on a particular flavour.
For example an excess of sweet flavor can cause gastritis. In order to find the right balance, it could be necessary to introduce sour foods. The possible combinations are many, each relating to a particular physical or psychological disorder.
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