Advice

One of the most influential aspects of Chinese medicine has been in its view of the world as a complex web of interconnections. The ability of Chinese philosophy to tease apart these relationships and plan strategically have had a profound influence on a number of western therapeutic disciplines.
Kongfuzi, aka Confucius Laozi, founder of Daoism Shakyamuni, the Buddha

The main schools of philosophy that have contributed to Chinese medicine are:
  • Confucianism: By cultivating better routines we can become a better person.
    Similar western disciplines: behavioural, transactional and social therapies.

  • Daoism: By observing and imitating the processes of nature we can live in harmony with our environment.
    Similar western disciplines: systemic therapies, ecological theories of biology, some branches of occupational therapy.

  • Buddhism: By recognising the role our mind plays in our suffering we can change our perspectives and improve our situation.
    Similar western disciplines: nearly all forms of psychotherapy, breathing exercises and mindfulness practices.

I combine these with my anthropology training in myth and ritual analysis to make people aware of the beliefs, narratives and habitual actions they maintain that may be supporting a problem.

Together they form a method of problem solving similar to the biopsychosocial models popular today. Analysis, advice, explanation of a traditional viewpoint or simply food for thought is almost always included in any session and can even be used as a treatment on its own.