Theory

A few words on Chinese medicine


Chinese medicine is based on the Daoist principles of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are two never ending phenomenon's that eternally create, control and generate each other. Yang represents day, light, expansive energy, masculinity, sun, etc... while Yin represents, night, heavy, contracting energy, feminity, moon, etc... It is no judgment or moral associated to Yin and Yang.

Life, in general, relies on the three principles of Nutrition, Exercise and Rest. In order to survive we need to eat, move and sleep; it is up to us to choose the quality of these "actions". We can choose a Yang nutrition (meat and red meat in particular) or a Yin nutrition (vegetables, night shade in particular); a Yang form of exercise like Martial Art or a Yin form like Yoga and a Yang form for rest: Meditation or a Yin form: Sleep. Health is in our hands and we are crafting it through our actions or non-actions. The Chinese medicine paradigms help us to make choices that are appropriate to our individual constitution: physiological, emotional and psychological. These three subdivisions may be called: Body, Mind, Spirit or San Biao (Three Treasures) : Shen (Spirit/ Heaven), Xue (Mind/Blood), Jing (Body/ Earth).

Chinese medicine has its paradigms laid out in the two earliest books in Chinese culture: I Ching (Book of Change; the author is unknown) and the Tao Te Ching (Lao Tsu, ca. 600BC). The oldest Chinese medicinal manuscript was excavated in 1973 from the Ma Wang Dui tomb and is dated 168BC but the most important writing of Chinese medicine is the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor Canon of Medicine) written by the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huang Di, sometime between 300 and 150BC. The Nei Jing is divided in two volumes the: Su Wen or Difficult Questions that treat the most theoretical questions of Chinese Medicine, and is often used as a reference for herbalist, and the Ling Shu, or Spiritual Pivot, which deals mostly with acupuncture questions. Any book on Chinese medicine, written after the Huang Di Nei Jing, is a commentary on this canon of Oriental medicine. Even today, acupuncture students and seasoned practitioners are still studying and discussing and applying the theories outlined in the text.