The ancient physician scholars of China observed and documented human health within a holistic framework.
They saw the human body as an organic whole, intimately connected to its environment and other influences, and viewed such factors as inseparable from a individual’s state of health or illness.
This fundamental view distinguishes Chinese medicine from western biomedicine’s regard for health – in its approach to treating illness, its philosophies about maintaining good health, and its emphasis on daily nourishing life practices to support those philosophies. Qi Gong, Tai Chi, proper diet and rest, and correcting health imbalances using natural medicine evolved from this view.
The ancient physicians developed a thorough and sophisticated examination method to mirror their holistic view of health. They inquired about the patient’s current symptoms, but also collected information on their daily habits, tendencies, preferences and family history. Organ health was assessed through inspection of the tongue and reading of the pulses. Palpation of tender points on the body also informed the physician of deeper imbalances.
With a complete picture of the patient, the physician was able to arrive at a pattern of disharmony that stood at the root of the patient’s symptoms. They could also perceive imbalances not yet apparent to the patient and preemptively treat those as well. Preventative care grew to be regarded as the highest form of medicine a physician could provide.
The physicians developed and refined natural methods of stimulating the body to heal itself, including acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, and tui na (Chinese medical massage).
Modern practitioners of Chinese medicine apply these same principles to achieve excellent clinical results.
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