Chinese medicine: everything you need to know
Chinese medicine is an ancient practice that puts people at the center of their environment. Its founding book is Huangdi Nei Jung, written during the reign of the Yellow Emperor.
According to this practice, dysfunctions of the human body can be restored by rebalancing energies. Chinese medicine includes simple recommendations to keep fit, for example by food, but also life tips to be in harmony with the environment and thus preserving the Qi, vital energy.
Chinese medicine relies on a philosophy of life, a kind of spirituality. Taoism is its basic philosophy. It’s about taking care of your mind to prevent possible diseases. By rebalancing the energies, one limits the stress and one strengthens the body facing the disturbances of the environment.
Dao is also present in Chinese medicine. This element can be considered as a law that governs the universe, which transcribes the order of things.
Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic health concept
It considers man as a unity of body, mind, soul and environment. All of these components of the organism influence each other. The individual organs, too, are connected with each other as if in a creative cycle, as well as the internal organs with the body surface.
A spleen Qi problem, for example, is diagnosed by the doctor on the typical whitish tongue coating because, according to this medicine, the spleen is externally connected to the tongue. In addition, the stomach is the spleen’s sister organ, so to speak, and if the spleen Qi does not flow properly, it almost always affects the stomach. When the lung gets ill, Chinese medicine practitioners may notice, for example, dry skin and dull hair, or excessive sweating.
What are Shen and Jing in Chinese medicine
Shen: The Spirit
The “Shen” is what reflects the vitality of a person and is represented by mental activity, memory, consciousness, thought, sleep. In Chinese medicine, Shen organizes all the mental, emotional and spiritual faculties.
The strength of the Shen is reflected in the glare of the eyes and especially in the pupil and resides in the heart.
Jing: The Original Essence
Without this Essence, the Spirit and Qi could not manifest themselves. Indeed, these 3 fundamental substances of CM are closely related. These 3 substances are nicknamed “the three treasures” or “the three jewels” (sānbǎo; 三宝).
Essence is stored in the kidneys and at two sources:
- The Jing of the previous sky which comes from the parents.
- The Jing of the later sky that depends on the lifestyle and the environment.
Qi: The energy
Qi is again a metaphor that is represented by several symbols: it is life, our heritage, our energy, it is the breath, the force, the matter; without energy there is no life.
Qi is the foundation of Chinese medicine. The Qi (pronounced Tchi) is invisible, yet palpable. It is present in all transformations and in all movements or functions.
Qi is divided into three: the vital energy (or ancestral), the energy of the air, captured by the breath, and the energy of the absorbed food.
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