About Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

A Medicine Practice Rooted in Ancient Wisdom


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of healing developed over 2 millennia, as evidenced by philosophical and medical works written on silk discovered  in the archeological burial site, Mawangdui [馬王堆 – Emperor Ma’s (burial) Mound], sealed in 168 BC.  The silk books included some of the earliest attested manuscripts of existing texts, such as  the I Ching [Classic of Changes], the Tao Te Ching [The Book of the Tao (the Way)],  and other texts covering  military strategy, classical arts, music, horsemanship, writing, etc.    

Based on beliefs that man, nature, and the cosmos are one, TCM believes that when one goes against the principles of nature and our surroundings, we move out of harmonious balance, thus creating dis-ease.  

We humans are closely linked to our environment, and factors such as our location on earth, month of the year, and time of day, all affect our bodies.  Other factors that influence our individual balance include our genetic background, age and body type; and, more importantly, our mind, spirit, feelings and emotions.  

The human body innately seeks a return to balance and homeostasis, or in TCM terms, “it is a stream’s nature to flow and we simply need to remove the blockages that impede it.” Anonymous.

 

Qi   (aka Prana, aka Ki, aka Ether)

What Fills the Space Between is the Undetermined Structured Potential


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the credo that health is the balance of Yin and Yang, and Qi is the relationship between these two complementary, yet polar opposites.

Qi is one of the many phenomena that our language cannot fully describe satisfactorily, nor accurately.  Qi may be described as what connects us from the very micro to the very macro; or, Qi circulates within us all, and outside us all; or, man, nature, and the cosmos are One, and Qi is the relationship, the connection, the life-giving factor of All.  And still, I have not satisfactorily, nor accurately described Qi.

 

The Meridians

Channels of Qi Flow


The Meridians are an intricate network of channels dispersing Qi to the cells, organs, tendons, bones, skin…basically, every atom throughout the body, and external to the body.  

These pathways link: the upper portion of the body to the lower portion of the body; the left side of the body to the right side of the body; and, the outer sections of the body to the inner sections of the body.  

The external environment, such as the seasons, where we live, our daily diet, etc., and our internal environment,  our thoughts, emotions, subconscious feelings and beliefs, influence the communication throughout this network; but, more importantly, we powerfully influence the energetic network within us and without.

Like auras, the Meridians may or may not be seen with our physical eyes, but can be felt or observed by anyone sensitive to subtle energies.  Qi Gong is one practice  of many differing disciplines, that can increase a person’s sensitivity to feel and see Qi.

Traditional Chinese Medicine posits that if there are obstructions in this flow, thus causing disharmony, then one is more likely to develop illness and dis-ease; that, as long as the Qi flows smoothly, the person remains healthy.