The Poetry of Chinese Medicine
At the heart of Chinese medicine are the teachings of the Tao — literally translated as “The Way”. People seek to create a way of life that lives in harmony with nature and with one’s environment.
When we are in harmony with the Tao, the sky is clear and spacious, the earth is solid and full, all creatures flourish together, content with the way they are, endlessly repeating themselves, endlessly renewed.
Chinese Medicine is rather poetic, viewing each of us as organic beings interconnected with Nature and subject to its forces. It is believed that when we remove ourselves from our natural connections, we create patterns of disharmony, which ultimately lead to disease — dis-ease: not having common cause with Nature, our innate nature or the nature around us, resulting in discomfort or stress.
Where the Tao discusses practices to cultivate inner calm and peace of the mind, Chinese Medicine works to assist you in nurturing inner physical and emotional harmony through restoring physiological functions and chemistry. With the integral interconnectedness of body and mind — these two elements are partnered and nourish each other — and you, being true to our natural forces.
Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet
Be like the forces of nature;
when it blows, there is only wind
when it rains, there is only rain
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through
then trust your natural responses
and everything will fall into place.
Tao Te Ching