The Basic Principles of the Chinese Medical System
The Chinese medical system is one of the ancient medical systems of the east. An overview of the Traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) can give some idea of this system that is as old as the human history. The beginning of the system may be the first intera
In the globalized modern world, more people are turning towards alternative medicinal systems. People of today are fed up with the conventional system of the west which has more adverse effects. Ayurveda of India and Traditional Chinese medicine of China are gaining more popularity during the recent decades. The Chinese medical system is one of the ancient medical systems of the east. An overview of the Traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) can give some idea of this system that is as old as the human history. The beginning of the system may be the first interaction of man with the environment. Although different cultures embraced different concepts of the existence of God and nature, certain essential principles were consistently observed by every primeval society. These principles still exist in harmony with nature. The fundamental idea of living in harmony with nature and the environment has been the basic principle of Chinese as well as every other ancient medicinal system. The main principle of Chinese medicines The theory of opposites, namely the Yin and Yang theory, has been the most important principle of the Chinese system. The majority of the medicinal systems of the eastern world has this concept of duality as the axis of their medical systems. Yin and Yang is the principle of opposite forces governing each other and yet are mutually interdependent. Everything in nature is composed of these two forces. Yin and yang are the two primeval elements of the Chinese medicinal system. This theory of harmony between opposites yet complementary to each other is the fundamental belief of the Chinese. The religious principles of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism have great influence in forming the health practices of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to TCM changes in the atmosphere are the primary causes of any illness. The changes in the atmosphere are seen as "perverse energies". For example, changes in the Wind cause many respiratory diseases. Heat and cold have impact of blood circulation. Dampness and dryness cause arthritis, constipation, etc. Perverse energies occur when normal environmental conditions change into excessive. For example, extreme cold in winter or unseasonable warmth in winter may affect a person's health condition. Internal changes also cause perverse energies inside the body. TCM suggests the use of herbs for most of the ailments. Herbs can be used for preventive as well as curative purposes. Use of particular herbal formulas strengthens the body and mind of every individual. They prevent and cure diseases. The Traditional Chinese Medicinal system has many unique qualities that can be very useful to the modern world. The system has to be studied more deeply to bring enlightenment to the modern health world.