Let’s remove a false thought: Chinese Medicine does not coincide with acupuncture, but it is a much more structured practice with an holistic approach. Yin and Yang – respectively corresponding to the feminine, to the rest, to the cold, to organs such as the heart, the lungs and the kidneys and, by opposition and complement, to the masculine, to the movement, to the heat, to the intestine and bladder – are the two foundations of the Universe and expression of a single superior principle that leads them to create and control each other and to transform one into the other. Their imbalance generate the disease , their harmonization shapes the well-being voice of the correct circulation of Qui (vital energy). The balancing of this vital flow allows to resolve chronic diseases and to prevent disorders that affect the quality of life (pain, anxiety, stress, depression) allowing the body to return to health. Therapy therefore does not consist in suppressing symptoms but in energy rebalancing.
A Universe in transformation
Five phases (wu xing) describe the universe, each associated with a season, a color, an organ, functions of the human body and above all an emotion. To represent them graphically is a circular section that connects many elements: the wood, associated with the green color, symbol of the vegetation, of the earth that awakens in spring, Yang season and symbolically corresponding to the liver and gall bladder responsible for the construction of substances and therefore to the growth of the organism; the fire that refers to red and summer, to brightness and heat, an expression of Yang and a voice of the heart and of the pericardium that make the blood circulate giving heat to the organism; the earth corresponding to yellow and at the end of summer, to the Yin polarity, to the stomach and to the spleen-pancreas that assimilate and ruminate what is absorbed; metal, a representation of hardness and fixation, but also of autumn (Yin expressions), white color and lung strength; the maximum water of the Yin, whose dominant color is black, the reference season is winter and is related to the bladder and kidneys. Each phase or movement is not passive but dynamic and carries out a cyclical transformation in which “generation” and “destruction” alternate: each element originates from the previous one and creates the following.
Perfect integration: Western medicine and Chinese medicine
If the Western Medicine is suitable for the solution of immediate problems, the Chinese one is saving to solve chronic diseases, long-term that, in being treated, require a “global” approach, functional to relate heart, mind, body, spirit re-establishing the correct dialogue. Helping in this construction-reconstruction is the use of herbs and the application of acupuncture which, practiced for over 3000 years and recognized by the World Health Organization, is one of the main therapeutic tools of traditional Chinese medicine which it takes up and applies the fundamental concepts – search for the balance between Yin and Yang, meridian theory (channels of energy passage between organs), disease prevention – with the aim of facilitating the circulation of energy in the body through the stimulation of 366 points spread along 12 channels (meridians).
To integrate it are other techniques such as energy diagnostics – a patient examination system that uses as a diagnostic point, wrists, eyes, skin, tongue – Chinese pharmacology, which uses plants, minerals and animals in different ways from that of conventional medicine, the massage that acts on the tendino-muscular, osteo-articular system, meridians and individual acupuncture points and medical gymnastics in which the patient performs slow or vigorous exercises marked by correct breathing. Moxibustion obtained by stimulating the acupuncture points with the heat of an inflamed herbal torch (moxa), cupping (application on the skin of ‘cups’ whose inner air has been heated so the to create a functional negative pressure to lift the skin like a suction cup) and acupressure, on the points of the meridians to be treated.
Where you approach traditional Chinese medicine
To get to know the approaches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, to understand its foundations and philosophy, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia are the places where Yin and Yang find their balance and well-being is art. If traditional medicine meets Buddhist meditation practices in the Thai Eden, giving way to long journeys in pleasure entrusted to the hands of those who have made massage an art and stimulation of the senses a skill, the land of Halong Bay, Phong Nha Ke Bang and Hoi An is a true holistic sanctuary, a source of regeneration from the frenzy and toxicity of everyday life through stimulating programs that begin with the sunrise on Danang beach. Wellbeing and harmony, the primary goals of Chinese Medicine, can be read, however, not only traveling to the East, but also building itineraries that point westward, in countries that believe in the law of Yin & Yang.
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