TCM Holism

October 18, 2014 | by Wing Yiu Chan

Holistic Health, as defined by Wikipedia, is “a concept in medical practice upholding that all aspects of people’s needs, psychological, physical and social, and mentally should be taken into account and seen as a whole.” This defiinition holds true only partially in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The holistic viewpoint in TCM states that not only the human body is seen as a whole, but all aspects in the universe is seen as a whole. We as humans are simply miniscule in this big environment.

In the ancient times when people didn’t have the luxury of electricity, the sun was the only source of light and life could only happen before nightfall. Nature dictated what we do, how we dress, what we eat, when we sleep. Our body was more aligned with nature’s cycles when life was that simple.

It is known that the moon controls the tides in the ocean; as the moon rotates around the earth, it pulls the water toward it creating high tides. Female menstruation have been tied to the moon and the lunar cycle for thousands of years, even before modern science came along with the explanation of changing levels of hormones. The lunar cycle around the earth takes approximately 29 days, which is the same amount of time for an average menstrual cycle. Just like the moon’s journey around the earth, a woman’s menstrual cycle and her mood and emotions can be divided up into distinct experienced phases.

The moon is just one part of the environment that has effects on our body. TCM Holism talks about how everything is interconnected; it is a macroscopic view of the big picture. The same goes for finding solutions for health problems; no ailment emerges without a good reason. Understanding internally how the organs are interconnected, and externally what kind of environment you live in, the habits, the emotions you’re experiencing may often help to reveal the underlying cause of many health conditions. And thus, only treatment plans that target the whole, not just the localized part, shall give the most satisfactory results.

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