Ancient Chinese Medicine
Views the Body as
An Energetic System
In Dynamic Balance
Ancient Chinese medicine has its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies.
A vital part of the diagnostic methods used is visual diagnosis. One of these techniques is known as face reading in which the Chinese medicine practitioner looks for discolorations, spots, blemishes, puffiness or dryness of the facial skin.
The principles of face reading in ancient Chinese medicine are the cosmic energies of five elements and yin and yang.
Yin and Yang
Chinese philosophy considers yin and yang as the two polar values of life. They together make up the life essence, or Qi (Chee), a type of energy that flows through the body via the invisible channels called meridians.
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In ancient Chinese medicine, it is believed that a balance of yin and yang will create wholeness and harmony within a person. Imbalances of yin and yang may cause illness because the body is considered as the microcosm of the world.
The yin yang influence permeates almost everywhere in the oriental culture. This concept is deeply rooted in the Chinese calendar, Chinese zodiac sign and Chinese astrology.
For example, the sun represents the yang and the moon is the yin. The cycle of night and day is a result of the alternation of the yin and the yang.
Taoism, a Chinese religion and philosophy, is also influenced by yin and yang. The earliest methods of healing used by the Tao practitioners involved exorcism and trance states.
It is believed in Taoism that the exorcism methods of shaking spears and burning incense were the foundation for the later development of acupuncture.
Feng Shui, or Fung Shui, also uses the yin and yang concept and Chinese astrology.
Based on the Eight Trigrams or patterns of yin and yang and the flow of energy, Qi (Chee), Chinese Feng Shui is used to optimize the flow of positive energy through the arrangement and orientation of objects.
An example of Feng Shui in a work environment is the placement of an office desk such that the entrance door is in a clear line of sight, when one is seated at the desk. Feng Shui- influenced design in the workplace would also allow for a broad and expansive view of the room.
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