The core difference between Western and Chinese medicine lies in their concept of the human body. The two traditions take two different approaches. It isn’t that one approach is false and the other is true. Instead, each offers a different perspective that has its own validity and its own limitations. When we combine the two approaches in our personal and family health care, we can get the best of both worlds.
Most of you are likely to be far more familiar with the Western perspective than the Chinese one, since you have grown up in a Western culture and have always relied on Western forms of health care. With this in mind, here and elsewhere in the book I will often describe Chinese medical principles and features in more detail than Western ones.
Western medicine approaches the human body from an anatomic and biochemical standpoint. It sees us as physical beings made of many parts that can be dissected down to tiny, independent components. Western medicine adopts the philosophy that we are unique beings and that our intellect places us as far superior to all other living things. Chinese medicine approaches the human body from an energetic and functional standpoint. It sees us as whole beings made of energetic, physical, emotional, and spiritual parts that are intimately related. Chinese medicine adopts the philosophy that Man is a miniature replica of Nature, a living entity of Nature no more superior than the lion or even the tree.
Chinese medicine examines the life and health of a human being from a broader field of reference, one that includes forces and relationships that are not so easy to isolate or see. The guidelines in this book derive from four key concepts in Chinese medical theory:
1. the existence of Qi or a field of “vital energy” coursing throughout the body
2. the principle of Yin-Yang or “dynamic opposites” in the way the body functions
3. the link to Nature through the Five Elements-Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal in human existence
4. the constant interconnection of the Mind, Body, and Spirit in human health
When you massage a point in a clockwise direction, energy goes into it. When you massage in a counterclockwise direction, energy comes out. As you’ll learn in this book, illnesses characterized as “deficient” require the former kind of massage, while illnesses characterized as “excess” require the latter. At the beginning of chapter 6 you’ll find easy guidelines for performing acupressure on yourself or another person, and later, each illness-related entry tells you exactly what specific points to massage.
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Chinese medicine not only provides a wider range of perspectives on human health but also gives us a much larger personal role in tending it. No matter what lifestyle we lead, what environment we live in, or what illness we’re treating, we can develop a better, more beneficial understanding of our own natural selves and the natural selves of the people we love through Chinese medicine. As we do, we can also learn to care for ourselves and others more effectively. It’s an exciting, highly gratifying endeavor, and the power to do it lies right in your hands!