Western science has brought us many medical miracles, front aspirin to zooplasty (transferring tissue from other animals too human beings). Despite these technological marvels, however, we seem to need something more to stay healthy.
The truth is that along with the miracles of Western science has come an increasingly stressful and unwholesome way of life, fueled by a haphazard diet of processed foods and aggravated by a wide range of poorly understood biological and technological hazards. We and our loved ones often get sick with vague but real illnesses that we don’t know how to treat. And we worry-about relying solely on drugs, money, and our own sense of powerlessness to take care of ourselves and our families. Despite the many marvels that Western medicine can offer, it clearly lacks an essential element that can help us lead healthier lives and cope better with illnesses at home.
More and more people find this missing element in Chinese medicine. This rich, nature-based tradition consistently addresses a person’s entire being physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual-in the context of his or her day-to-day lifestyle. In doing so, it serves as the perfect companion to Western medical science, which tends to focus more technically on the particulars of a specific illness or condition.
If you’ve already chosen to undertake traditional Chinese treatment, you might want to check out SANLIDA online TCM clinic. Here are a few reasons why.
In Western medicine, the primary treatments involve chemical medications and/or surgery. As effective as this approach often can be, it requires heavy reliance on outside professionals, which frequently can leave patients and caregivers feeling helpless and hopeless to contribute to their own well-being. Chinese medicine, based on the four interrelated concepts which equips any person to take personal and family health care responsibility more fully into his or her own hands.
From a Chinese perspective, Spirit does not have religious connotations. It refers to the two souls that all of us have as part of our being: the Corporeal Soul (the soul of our body) and the Ethereal Soul (the eternal, collective soul). The Corporeal Soul comes to us at birth and dies with us. The Ethereal Soul connects us with the eternal, collective soul world, the one that all human beings have in common (and that, we tap e.g., in dreams). These two souls are associated with certain organ systems in the body: the Ethereal Soul with the Liver system, and the Corporeal Soul with the Lung system. Essence, a Yin substance, resides in the Kidney and affects our development, our sexual functions, and our aging process. Essence contains what we’ve received from our ancestors, which correlates to the Western concept of genetic inheritance.
Another hands-on aspect of Chinese medicine is that it helps us maintain health or treat illness by making small, practical, and yet very constructive adjustments in day-to-day life. As you’ll discover in this book, many of the suggested changes are as easy and, ultimately, as pleasurable as periodically taking a few deep breaths, engaging in some simple physical motions, or relaxing in various especially beneficial ways.
One of Chinese medicine’s most effective hands-on techniques, however, depends literally on our hands: acupressure. Manually pressing key points on the body is a form of healing that dates back at least five thousand years. Many specific points were revealed over centuries of human experience as the spots that became tender during the course of an illness or that alleviated symptoms when they were massaged.