Essential Principles

An Introduction to the Ideas of Chinese Medicine

Here I hope to introduce some basic concepts for people that are interested in my approach to Chinese medicine.

Chinese medicine is made up of ideas derived from philosophy. It is concerned with maintaining balance between the various areas of life that exist in a dynamic relationship to each other. This can be applied on many levels including:
  • physical
  • mental-emotional
  • environmental
  • lifestyle
The areas where these can be seen and felt are described using a practical map of the body that massage therapists and acupuncturists can examine for signs such as tightness, weakness, heat or cold. They can then manipulate these meridians in order to restore the balance in our physical and mental functioning. This can be employed to:
  • help us through difficult times
  • initiate and support us through a program of rehabilitation
  • teach methods of self-control
  • help us focus on areas of our lives that need changing
Ideally we treat problems before they become serious, reducing tension, helping to cope with stress, removing environmental irritants and advising about diet and lifestyle in order to maintain health, but these same principles can be used to assist with management of chronic conditions or help us adjust to life changes.

Another important aspect is the relationship between the body's systems. If something seems impossible to influence directly we will often take a strategic approach and attempt to balance other systems such as digestion, sleep or stress that are contributing to the problem.

I have deliberately tried to avoid any discussion of technical terms, but if you would like to learn more then you can read more here...