Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as we all know, draws on the healing properties from natures resources, plants, animals and minerals to bring wellness to the human body.
It is widely acknowledged as being one of the oldest herbal traditions in the world, offering good health and longevity for over 25 centuries. Using diet and exercise, massage, acupuncture, and herbal medicine, it can correct disorders, alter states of mind, enhance immunity and increase our capacity for creativity, work and pleasure.
The functional approach of TCM views life as a dynamic process involving the interaction of forces and energies both within and outside the individual. These external forces are the climate, pathogenic factors, and the total environment outside our body. Internal factors include our genetic background, constitution, and our emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. TCM views well-being as a dynamic balance between these internal and external forces. Health is seen as the ability of an organism to respond appropriately to a wide variety of challenges in a way that insures maintaining equilibrium and balance. An imbalance may cause a disharmony in the system and, unless corrected, may eventually lead to a disease.
The goal of TCM is to maintain this balance, or to assist the individual to return to a state of dynamic balance, enabling him or her to achieve their optimal level of well-being.
If you wish to strengthen your body you need to strengthen your spirit and vice-versa. According to TCM, most illnesses appear when your mind is weakened, usually by anger, stress, anxiety, sorrow or even excessive happiness. As per the canon of TCM Nei Jing, too much anger disturbs the mind and scatters the energy; this could injure one’s inner balance. In this imbalance of energies lies the cause of most illnesses.
Our nemesis on the path to a tranquil existence is what TCM refers to as the “six dangers”. These are fame, physical indulgence, riches, gluttony, haughtiness and jealousy.
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