Chinese Medicine Philosophy

Yin and Yang
Within Chinese Cosmology, all of creation is born from yin and yang. These are polar opposites such as winter and summer, night and day, cold and hot, wet and dry, inner and outer. Harmony of yin and yang brings health, good weather, and good fortune, while disharmony leads to disease, disaster, and bad luck. The strategy of Chinese medicine is to restore harmony.

Each human is seen as a microcosm of the world in which the doctor and patient together strive to cultivate health. Each person has a unique terrain to be maintained. The doctor uses acupuncture, herbs and food to recover and sustain health in the person.

Body Constituents (Qi, Moisture, Blood, Spirit, Essence)
The human body is comprised of qi, (pronounced chee), moisture, and blood. Qi is the force that gives us our capacity to move, think, feel, and work. Moisture is the liquid medium that protects and lubricates tissue. Blood is the material foundation of bones, nerves, skin, muscles, and organs.

Human beings also have a psyche and soma, Spirit (Shen) and Essence (Jing). Shen is the immaterial expression of the individual; and Essence represents the body’s reproductive and regenerative substance.

Organ Networks
(Liver and Gallbladder, Heart and Small Intestine, Spleen and Stomach, Lung and Large Intestine, Kidney and Urinary Bladder).

The body is divided into five functional systems known as Organ Networks. These Networks govern particular tissues, mental faculties, and physical activities. Many of the physical functions of these Networks (identified thousands of years ago by the Chinese) are similar to those identified by the West today.

Body Climates
(Wind, Dampness, Dryness, Heat, Cold) In nature we have extreme climactic conditions that wreak havoc in the world. These same forces – extreme wind, dampness, dryness, heat, and cold – can damage the balance within the human body, weakening or obstructing the movement of qi in the organs.