Chinese medicine is based on understanding the relationship between our body and our mind, and between the individual and the environment. This understanding is used to develop tools for diagnosis and therapeutic strategies.
The basic tenets of Chinese medicine are:
- Wholeness and interdependence. Our bodies, our minds and the environment are expressions of complex energies. Each part of our body functions by energy flowing in meridians or channels. Our body and mind are not separable. They are connected by energy flows, and their functions are interdependent. Chinese medicine views our bodies as having the nature of the five basic elements in the universe – wood, fire, earth, metal and water. They have interpromoting, interacting and counteracting relationships. “Nothing happens in nature without an energy exchange…There are no exceptions. This is a rule of nature.”
- Yin and Yang. These are two opposite sides of one thing. One side cannot exist without the its counterpart. Chinese medicine defines disease as an imbalance within the body between the Yin and Yang, impairment of Qi (Yang) and blood (Yin) flow, disharmony among organs, emotional disorder, and the influences of the natural and social environment.
- Impermanence and balance. Our body and the environment do not exist in a fixed state. They are constantly changing, moving and flowing. Every moment is unique. To be aware of and in harmony with the processes of change, not to fight against them, will bring us a balanced life and better health.
This understanding helps us recognize our health problems by measuring, analyzing and diagnosing the energy levels within each meridian, and the interrelationships of different meridians. Therapeutic strategies are designed to re-balance Yin-Yang, comfort and strengthen the organs, and restore Qi and blood flow, to reach a harmonious balance in our bodies.
No two cases are exactly the same. Each person has a unique personality, background and situation. I utilize Chinese and Western diagnostic methods to assess the problems of each patient, considering all relevant circumstances. Physical factors as well as environmental and relationship factors must be understood to arrive at a proper diagnosis.