Traditonal Chinese Medicine as Applied to All Life

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Energy Healing Systems, New Posts

 

Balance In All Things

by Susan Pipes 

 

I am delighted to introduce Susan Pipes, a fellow Animal Communicator who is also a practitioner of Traditional  Chinese Medicine.  In this guest blog, she will be introducing us to the basic concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Susan Pipes

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest holistic and preventative healing systems that is still in practice today. Believed to be over 3000 years old it has a rich and fascinating history that explains the relationship of health and all life to the dynamic forces of nature.

Created as a preventative health care system it could adapt to changes that manifested in the body. This philosophy and healing system evolved to explain treat and prevent illness and disease using natures elements and influences. This holistic view of all life sought to bring balance and harmony between living things and the universe.

The ancient doctors were paid when the patient was healthy, if the patient was sick the doctor no longer received his fee. He would then treat the person with the four distinct methods of treatment to bring balance and harmony back in the body.

  • Herbology – the use of plants and nature’s gifts taken internally or sometimes applied externally to bring balance in the body
  • Acupuncture – using fine pre-sterilized needles placed at certain pre determined points along meridians or channels in the body to bring about balance
  • Manipulative therapy ( tui na massage, qi gong, tai chi) Using manual techniques to unblock and move qi
  • Food cures (diet therapy) – foods and meal preparation techniques used to assist and support the body according to the principles of yin/yang, excess/deficiency, interior/exterior and warm and cold as they apply to the organ system.

TCM was originally based on the theory of yin, yang and qi. This was later expanded to include the 5 elements or five phases theory which is based on the 5 elements, wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Although this theory was easy to explain it is very complex and is still used today as a basis for differentiation and treatment or healing.

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Yin and yang are present in all life and are so interconnected and related that one cannot survive without the other. They are constantly changing and reflecting the complex patterns that can occur in the body at any given time. The ancient Chinese believe that the key to mastering health is to regulate the yin and yang of the body.

This was done by careful observation and knowledge of qi, blood and jin ye (body fluids). Qi is known today as energy but actually means manifested life force energy as given from the heaven and the earth. There are many types of qi in the body and a disruption can cause a disharmony changing the careful balance of yin and yang.

Everything is related and is based on the free flow of qi. If you have a blockage then disharmony will exist, remove the blockage and then balance will return.

There is a saying in Chinese medicine that “qi is the mother of blood and blood is the mother of qi” this statement illustrates the complexities and simplicity of the healing art. What does that mean? It means they are interdependent and inseparable.

Although Chinese medicine can be very effective it is important to address what the body is presenting by paying close attention to the signs and symptoms When you or your animal companion go to see a Chinese practitioner or doctor she will take your pulses, observe your tongue and classify yin and yang signs and symptoms. The six external pathogens start with the big brother wind, he can bring cold, summer heat, dryness, dampness or fire.

She will carefully ask you about the seven emotions that are related to the organs.

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Further investigation will reveal the three treasures: essence, qi and shen (spirit). Together these qualities reflect the health, strength, happiness and mental qualities of clarity and stability. Good health is dependent on this harmonious balance and interaction. One of the first things your Dr. will notice is the quality of your shen. It is said that the shen lives in the mind but will shows its sparkle. The importance of the health of the body mind and spirit are valued.

If there is a collapse or complete separation of yin and yang then the jing or essence and the shen (spirit) will also leave each other. If they cannot live harmoniously the death will occur. I have heard people say that they have no yin or qi and of course that is impossible. This quality is reflected in the 8 principles and would be called a yin or qi deficiency.

The eight principles are used to understand the nature of the disharmony, they will not all be seen together or even be involved.

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It is not unusual for an older dog or person to exhibit qi deficiency or kidney yin deficiency. The Dr. may want to nourish kidney yin and tonify qi using acupuncture and herbs or a different treatment method.

The internal organ concept is complex and as we have seen can involve emotions, tissues, sense organs and more according to this Five Element Chart. It is important to note that this does not necessarily refer to the actual organ but to the organ system and how it works. We will learn more about the organs and how they relate to the meridians or channels later.

Western medicine as we know it today trends to focus on the treatment of symptoms (biao) where TCM is root (bao) based on will go the source cause of the disharmony or disease. Western medicine is more useful for first aid and surgery while Chinese medicine may bring longer lasting results with chronic or multi layered conditions. Acupuncture is proven to be very effective for not only pain but for many conditions according to the WHO ( World Heath Organization).

It is much easier to maintain the balance than to try and bring balance back to a body with a multi layered illness. Chinese medicine and acupuncture is all about balance, in the home, in health and in life. People are now taking an active role in the preventative care and maintenance with not only their own health but in their animals as well.

Living a balanced life brings good health and harmony.

Living a life of moderation is key to keeping this equation.

We have seen how TCM seeks to obtain balance but how do we achieve that? Well, it is not a mystery, it is a mastery! A mastery of one’s self and all the theories. When we live a balanced life we affect everything in it. We have become the one that can affect the whole. Sometimes it is as simple as making changes to your diet, eating steamed vegetables and nourishing yin foods. Learning to express grief or anger so it does not collect and injure the channels.

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Susan Pipes from AnimalSpiritCommunication.com offers guided intuitive animal communication, long distance Reiki, and focused energy healing. She also shares personal messages that your animal friend may have for you regarding personal growth and the reason for your journey together. She is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Reiki Master offering energetic healing for body mind and soul. Contact Susan at susanpipes@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.animalspiritcommunication.com.