Introducing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
The holistic concept of unity between human and nature is the basis for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This stems from the ancient philosophy of Dao, or “the way the universe works, the way of nature.”
In Daoism, the individual is a component of the universe and the theory of Yin and Yang explains all of life activity.
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang govern both nature and the human body:
YIN: In the natural world, Yin represents the earth, moon, dark and the night. In the human body, Yin represents the interior, lower body, downward movements and cold.
YANG: In the natural world, Yang represents sky or heaven, sun, light and day. In the human body, Yang represents the exterior, upper body, upward movements, and heat.
These two polarities are in a constant movement of transformation and interconnection.
How do Yin and Yang manifest?
In the seasons
In the cycle of day and night
Heart activity showed in an EKG
Cerebral activity as seen through an EEG
If the Yin-Yang equilibrium between the exterior environment and the body (including PH and Acid-base balance) is disturbed, disease is the result. In Traditional Chinese medicine, balancing Yin and Yang is the key for wellness.
Qi as energy flow
The concept of Qi is another foundational aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) is understood as life force or energy flow, and it underlies everything. Qi manifests as part of the continuous, vibrational sequences that run without interruption in the environment and the human body.
These last two examples, the heart and cerebral activity, are the survival cycles, “energy cycles” or waves necessary to keep alive and maintain a good movement of Qi and blood without obstruction. The interruption of one of these waves will compromise the life itself.
TCM practitioners and Acupuncturist believe that channeling Qi, or the energy flow, of the human body, restores balance and maintains health. When the network is in balance, Qi distributes equitably throughout the body along 12 main and 6 extraordinary channels known as meridians.
Meridians represent the major organs with their physical and energetic functions in the body. These meridians have their own pathway in the body and do not follow the exact pathway of nerves or blood flow.