Traditional Chinese Medicine

906 WordsJan 31, 20184 Pages
Traditional Chinese medicine has had a broad history and with it even broader applications. It has seen use for over twenty-five thousand years within China's borders and is still being used, researched, and refined in modern times. The concepts of traditional Chinese medicine found it’s basis in the philosophy of Taoism, which focuses on balancing the body with environment to achieve optimum health and sustainability as opposed to treating illness by itself. The emphasis on harmony originates from the Taoism concept of Yinyang, which is defined as by the balance between it’s two basic elements where one must contain a bit of the other, and Wu Xing which encompasses five environmental elements: Water, Fire, Wood, Earth, and Metal. These elements are used to categorize organs in the body in order to determine how one organ would interact with another. An example would be if a Fire heart is overstressed or “inflamed”, it can be remedied by strengthening the opposing element of Water in the body through the kidneys in order to rebalance. Each organ, while performing it’s own function, needs to be coordinating with and complementing other organs. This gave birth to the idea that tracking the functions of organs in various states, either by themselves or with other organs, could predict what would cause something to disrupt bodily harmony or the cause of it in the sick. Because of the holistic nature of traditional Chinese medicine, a very comprehensive analysis of a person
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