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Chinese Medicine And Taoist Philosophy

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Chinese Medicine is founded on the ancient philosophy of Taoism which believes that a part can only be understood in its association with the whole. This holistic approach, in which an individual who’s living in harmony with nature enjoys spiritual, physical, and mental balance, is the basis of Chinese Medicine. The entire psychological and physiological aspects of a person are all factored into the diagnosis when a person develops an imbalance. The goal of Chinese medicine is to bring back harmony and balance to the body.

The orderly manner of differentiating the patterns of disharmony in Chinese Medicine helps the practitioner learn more about the connections between all the symptoms and signs of the imbalances of the patient, and suggesting a solution to restore balance in the patient’s body. Chinese Medicine is about enhancement of longevity and disease prevention.

Due to the essentiality of Taoism to acupuncture therapy, it was not surprising that students of Chinese Medicine are first taught about the principles of Taoism in their first year of training. It is a door that opens the mind to a new way of treating disease and viewing health.

The idea of living a proper way of life that’s simple, balanced, and in tune with nature, is called the “Tao,” which means “the path” or the “way.” One of the founding fathers of Taoism is Lao Tsu who wrote the book, the Tao Te Ching where a person can read his wise lessons on the subject of living the way of the Tao. In the book, the three aspects that illuminate the teachings of Lao Tsu are: living with humility, in moderation, and compassion.

Yin and Yang

The concept of yin and yang is derived from the Taoist philosophy. It’s one way of seeing the world and viewing that all things are parts of an entirety. Yin goes into yang, and yang goes into yin, and vice versa: this is the natural flow of life. The never ending conversion of yin into yang and yang into yin is what defines Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and is the source of life.

Yin is represented as a slope’s shady side. Yin is rest, the cold, the moon, the darkness, the feminine, and the inward. Yang is symbolized by slope’s sunny side. Yang is active, the warm, the sun, the light, the masculine and the vigor.

All of us are constantly in a state of flux wherein yin moves into yang and yang moves into yin. They rely on each other for definition and are inseparable. The aim of Chinese Medicine is to balance yin and yang.

In the Nei Jing, Lao Tsu encapsulated the manner of observing the interweaving of these two contradictory forces:

Non-being and being create each other;

Easy and difficult complete each other;

Short and long differentiate each other;

Low and high determine each other;

Voice and sound reconcile each other;

Back and front follow each other.”

The Nei Jing is an ancient medical document that holds the theoretical formulations and knowledge that form the very groundwork of traditional Chinese medicine. This document presupposes that lifestyle, diet, environment and emotions all have an effect on wellbeing and health. The Nei Jing says:

“When treating sickness, it is important to closely examine the symptoms, analyze the whole context, and monitor the attitudes and emotions.”

According to the Nei Jing, medicine should foster the development of life force, which is known as Chi.  The document’s most vital message is how to create more Chi as well as preserve it by means of a healthy lifestyle in our everyday lives. The document recommends tools such as herbs, exercise, tai chi, meditation, acupressure, acupuncture in Fremont, breathing exercises and diet to bring about vibrant health and longevity.

Breathing Techniques

Ancient Taoists considered “Breathing Techniques” to be the gateway to special powers and advanced knowledge as well as to longevity. These techniques have been passed down from generation to generation for the benefit of humankind. One breathing method that helps move energy or chi through the meridians or energy vessels is the Microcosmic Orbit.

Chi circulation starts at the umbilicus on the Ren energy vessel (front of the body) and then circulates down to the perineum and toward the spine into the (back of the body) the Du Meridian. Afterwards, it circulates to the head then goes down the front via the tongue, throat, and then back down to the again to the umbilicus. These two meridians hold a powerful energy flow that strongly affects the normalization of the body.

How to perform the Microcosmic Orbit

In performing the Microcosmic Orbit, you first need to sit with your back straight, hands relaxed on your lap, and feet planted firmly on the ground. Stay relaxed and comfortable and then bring your attention to your center of energy (dantien) which is located just below your umbilicus, and imagine a light of energy starting to grow at your dantien. Then, concentrate and make your breath even, smooth, and deeply flowing into your dantien. At this point, you’re now ready to commence with the circular breathing pattern.

Imagine Breathing out a breath of chi and light qi into your anal or genital area or pelvic base (Hui Yin) and then into your tail bone.

Then, breathe in and draw the breath of chi and light up into your vertebrae. Do a single breathing out to move the chi all the way up to your brain’s core.

Feel the flow of Chi descend the center of your face like a waterfall on your next breathing out. Visualize the chi penetrate the core of your heart, and start the next breathing cycle.

Strive to finish ten sets of these exercises and from there, you can develop your practice.

Enjoy reaping the benefits of greater energy, chi, mental clarity and health.

Written by Valerie

April 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 pm

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