Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is an ancient system of medicine originating up to 5000 years ago that has undergone constant evolution to it’s now modern counterpart largely taught at a university level. It is this traditional evolution that has led to the diversity of philosophy regarding the physiology, pathology and effective treatment modalities contained within TCM. Common to all of these altering ideas is the precept of moderation, that there is no right or wrong, positive or negative, only imbalances.
The yin and yang symbol commonly seen is but a fundamental to the understanding of the philosophy within TCM. Yang pertaining to the sunny side of the hill, full of life, full of heat and expanding activity, whilst Yin pertains to the shady side of the very same hill, full of nourishment, cold, resting and contracting. Without a balance of these factors, there cannot be health, as the insomniac becomes manic and collapses, the obese and depressed never rises.
Only through moderation of all factors can we live a truly happy life, this is the enlightenment of the Tao and many other wholesome practices found in today’s society. Based upon a thorough understanding of TCM physiology and pathology, the TCM practitioner is able to utilise a subjective approach to observe the patient’s presenting condition signs and symptoms and arrive at a diagnosis based upon TCM theory. This may involve pathology of traditional organs, meridians(energy channels traversing the entire body to connect internal organs with the external body), yin/yang, qi, blood, body fluids and various pathogenic factors.