Eastern Medicine – Overview
What is the origin of Eastern Medicine?Eastern Medicine is the most ancient “energy” based medicine, originating mainly from China, India, and parts of Europe. Thousands of years ago, people observed that condition of the human body correlated intimately with the changes of their environment, climate, seasons, and their state of mind and emotions. The internal reflects the external, the macrocosm affects the microcosm, and vice versa.
What is the theoretical basis of Eastern Medicine?Eastern medicine views the person as a whole. On the horizontal plane, there are the different parts of the body, such as the head, trunk, muscles, organs, tendons and etc. On the vertical plane, there are the various levels of existence, such as the physical body, and also energy, mental, intuitive, and spiritual bodies. These two planes are linked and communication is exchanged via “Qi”, pronounced “Chi” in Chinese, meaning the vital force of life. This vital force, though not able to be seen, touched, smelled or quantified by lay people; it is a real and strong force which can be felt and accessed by experienced health care practitioners, or people who practice the internal martial art of Qigong.
“Qi” originates from the organs and travels in channels called “meridians”. The pathways of Qi are usually deep in the tissues; however, at certain spots they surface up to the skin. These spots are called “acupuncture points”. By accessing specific acupuncture points, the healing energy can be transmitted to the organs of origin.
Eastern medicine views the world through the lens of Yin and Yang, the interplay and transformation of the two forces. Yin at the universal level is nurturing, recessive, female, hidden, night time, and Yang is transforming, expansive, male, exterior, and daylight. Yin at the physiological level is generation of blood, lymph, hormones and body fluids, whereas Yang is the processes of circulation, discharge, metabolism and peristalsis. Yin at the constitution level is lethargy, hypotension, cold and damp, and Yang is hyperactive, hypertension, heat and dryness. Yin changes into Yang just like night turns into day.Yang changes into Yin just like summer is followed by autumn.
Eastern medicine does not separate cause from effect, instead, one inevitability turns into the other in an ever repeating cycle of metamorphosis, mutually generative! For example, alcohol is a Yang substance, and too much consumption of alcohol turns into stupor and lethargy, a Yin condition. Health in the Eastern frame of mind in defined as the poised balance of Yin and Yang.
What are the healing modalities of Eastern Medicine?Chronic illnesses such as migraine, fatigue, cramps, asthma, rheumatism, fibromyalgia, colitis are successfully treated with Eastern medicine with minimal side effects by balancing and harmonizing the Qi, blood, and moisture inside the body.
At Holistique Medical Center, we offer many different Eastern Healing modalities. A person with Yang constitution may benefit from deep tissue massage, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation. A person with more Yin constitution may benefit from Jin Shin Do Body-mind Acupressure, herbs, and homeopathy. A combination of above treatments usually augments and enhances the benefits of a singular treatment.