Western and Eastern medicine refers to two different systems of medicine. Western medicine prescribes specific drugs for a disease. In contrast, Eastern medicine focuses on treating the person as a whole rather than just their symptoms. (Medical News Today)
The practice of medicine has evolved over time, and many people refer to these two distinct approaches as Eastern and Western medicine.
Eastern medicine approaches diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease in a holistic manner. This includes multiple factors that embrace the mind, body, and spirit. The practice includes a branch of treatment such as acupuncture and tai chi.
- Eastern Medicine, known as Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practised for over 2000years.
- TCM is based on the principle that mental and physical well being are intricately entwined
- TCM believes optimal health is governed by balancing a persons qi (vital life force) with the forces of of Yin (passive) and Yang (active).
- What is vital life force?
- Life force or lifeforce may refer to: Spirit (vital essence), in folk belief, the vital principle or animating force within all living things. Vitality, ability to live or exist. Vitalism, the belief in the existence of vital energy.
- What is Yin / Yang
- A starting definition: Yin / Yang: Two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change. When something is whole, by definition, it’s unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves – yin/yang, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. Both halves are chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other.
- The word Yin comes out to mean “shady side” and Yang “sunny side”.
- Yin Yang is the concept of duality forming a whole. We encounter examples of Yin and Yang every day. As examples: night (Yin) and day (Yang), female (Yin) and male (Yang). Over thousands of years, quite a bit has been sorted and grouped under various Yin Yang classification systems.
- The symbol for Yin Yang is called the Taijitu. Most people just call it the yin yang symbol in the west. The taijitu symbol has been found in more than one culture and over the years has come to represent Taoism. (Personal Tao)
- TCM works with the five elements of fire, water, earth, wood and metal. If you want to understand about the five elements click this link.
The Vital Life Force called qi/chi is the basis of TCM. We have internal energy travelling around us. Read on below. Image from Vadiance
How to Explain the Meridians?
Meridians are the internal energy pathways that run through our physical body. They are not like our arteries, veins and the lymphatic system but are pure energy. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine these meridians allow the flow of the energy qi or chi, in effect the life force, to run throughout the body. Traditional Chinese medicine is a medical system that has been around for thousands of years. It is used to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. It is based in the belief that qi, the body’s vital energy flows along our meridian channels in our, and everyone’s, body. Qi is an energy current that passes through the inside and outside of the body, and also through physical objects too. When your qi is strong, it courses through you and fills you with life and health. When your qi is weak, it remains still and stagnant within your body. Qi keeps a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health in balance. Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to restore the body’s balance and harmony between the natural opposing forces of yin and yang which can block qi and cause negative emotions and illness. It is considered that illness occurs when the flow of qi is hindered. This hindrance is considered as a blockage of which must be removed to restore the body to health. So by tapping on the specific acupoints on certain meridians we the unblock the flow of qi(chi) and restore a healthy energetic flow in the body. The chi that runs throughout our bodies are both yin (female and is darkness, tranquility, cold and wet. The moon and water are Yin elements. Yang is the male side and is light, active, heat and dryness. The Heaven, the sun and fire are yang elements Yin allows expansion and rising. Yang causes things to contract and sink. Yin and Yang must work together in harmony as all diseases are caused by a disruption in the bodies energy flow.
I have given a simplistic description above on how the Traditional Chinese Medicine works with the body’s energy meridians. Now I am putting forward scientific evidence for those that find bodily energy hard to go for. Albert Einstein proved that everything in the universe is energy. Have you ever thought what that means practically? It means that any problem you experience in your life is energy related.
Your emotions and bad feelings (anxiety, depression, stress, grief, anger, fear and more) are low vibrational energies. We accumulate these energies in our body since our birth. These bad energies are responsible for our problems in life and blocks our further success. Like all living systems, your body is a unified collection of energy fields. If you alter the quality of these fields then you can change the way the way your body functions and your life also.
We are going to have a break but this post is leading on to how we can help our selves to clear the energy blocks and emotions with our fingers.
As usual if you work with my experiences you must take full responsibility for your own health.