History of Chinese Medicine

When people look at the medical culture of Western Civilization many feel that this is the only manner in which disease can be fought. It is a shock to most that the Chinese have been successfully practicing health care for hundreds of years and was far more successful in treating illness than Western medicine had the opportunity to do. Traditional Chinese medicine has been practiced for over five thousand years and has their own method for diagnosing diseases and managing treatments that have been proven over that time. Western culture has largely dismissed this type of medicine because it doesn't often need to have prescribed drugs and it seeks to treat the body and the mind.

Yin and Yang

The basic principal of Chinese medicine is that the human body has two forces working within them. There is the Yin or negative inner energy and the Yang the positive outer energy that each person needs to live a healthy life. Chinese medicine sees all problems resulting from an imbalance in that dynamic. The treatments were always seeking to allow people to get back to that balance of yin and yang and there were several methods of doing that. The flow of energy through the body would be a manner in which the body can be restored to their natural state of health.

Methods of Diagnosis

There are four basic methods of diagnosis used by traditional Chinese medicine, which are observation and seeing what is wrong. The second is auscultation and olfaction, which is hearing what in going wrong. Third is interrogation and listening to the problems of the patients and fourth is pulse and palpitation or how the blood is flowing through the body. By doing this type of diagnosis all types of medical ailments were discovered and consequently treated. The treatment of people also was quite different than in the West. The drugs used were developed from herbs that have been perfected over the course of thousands of years. Unlike medical cures today, which are created synthetically and administered through a pill or shot form. Chinese medicine is generally a herb that is boiled and administered, and the desired effect will take place magically.

There is clearly a lot that so called, modern medicine, can learn from the practice of traditional Chinese Medicine. Since there is no real thought put into the energy of the patient and managing their mental and physical diagnosis the clinical evaluation remains somewhat clinical. There seems to be a long ways that western medicine needs to travel in order to gain a small bit of the efficiency of the Chinese.

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