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TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Publikováno dne: 12/04/2014
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Under the name traditional Chinese medicine we can find a full set of methods for prevention, screening and treatment. If Western methods of treatment are known as “classical medicine”, the traditional Chinese method is classified as alternative medicine. Due to its different view of humans and the human body, it is able to focus on treating not only the effects, but also cause itself of the disease.

After 1990, a change of values took place in society, which still significantly affects people’s lifestyle today. Lives have become more dynamic and appear to have accelerated. Man is constantly influenced by the culture of consumerism that even affects health and lifestyle. We have forgotten trusted customs and traditions. However, they are things that we should not forget and, on the other hand, we should make sure they don’t disappear from our lives because they can be very beneficial for us.

Traditional Chinese medicine, compared to well known Western medicine, is based on completely different principles. It approaches the human body as a single complex and multiply interconnected whole. Its individual parts, according to it, work within the ideal integrity and should all be maintained in harmony, in order to maintain this integrity. Likewise, the human body is considered an integral part of nature which is subject to natural laws. Traditional Chinese medicine in treatment is not focused on the consequences and manifestations of disease, but seeks and treats their causes and this is exactly why it can cure chronic diseases.

During the Ming Dynasty (1518-1593) Li Shizhen (pronounced Li-chen) was one of the most important Chinese thinkers, who contributed to the significant development of Chinese medicine. He is the author of Compendium of Materia Medica - practical manuals on medicinal herbs, in which he gathered around 11,000 certified medicinal recipes. This example clearly shows the quantity and diversity of the resources used, which means Chinese medicine is able to design a completely personalized treatment tailored to the individual patient.

Nowadays, the healing methods of traditional Chinese medicine are well known even in the West, including acupressure, acupuncture, massage, a change in diet and lifestyle or phytotherapy (herbal administration). The entire Chinese philosophy also permeates the terms associated with a holistic view of the system of the human body – the body as a highly interconnected system of mutually interacting organs – Chi energy, principles of yin and yang and the five elements of learning.

There is certainly no need to neglect all of the methods of treatment used in the West, or to make other extreme decisions. However, we can certainly find elements and ideas in Chinese medicine that can be taken without having to change our Western way of life.

The benefit for us can surely be the idea of the interconnectedness of the body as a whole and the need to maintain its harmony. If we take anything away, we have to retrospectively supplement it. If we request something, we should offer something in return. Likewise, we should not forget that man is part of nature. He is a part of it, and is subject to its laws. It requires our respect and care, but it also offers us the bounty of its fruits that are so beneficial to our health. And the ancient Chinese knew that in nature it is possible to find a cure for almost every human disease

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