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Historically, a Chinese Medicine doctor was paid to keep their patients healthy. If a patient became sick, the doctor would not be paid until the patient’s health returned.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine is a broad concept that covers roughly 3,000 years of history (approximately 2,000 years of written history) and is a medicine that has been practiced widely and sometimes exclusively in countries such as the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, South and North Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong. It developed independently of Western medicine for thousands of years and was responsible for treating every disease that arose.

The historical roots of Chinese Medicine are based in shamanism and a naturalistic view of the universe. It was later influenced by Taoism and Buddhism but a fundamental tenet of Chinese Medicine is that man is a part of the nature. The microcosm of a person’s health is reflective of the macrocosm of nature and the universe. Consequently, in Chinese Medicine we are always concerned how the environment affects our health.

So what is Chinese Medicine? It is a comprehensive system of medicine that has developed independently of Western medicine for over three thousand years. It is only in the past three hundred years that Chinese Medicine has been influenced by Western medicine. The five arms of Chinese Medicine are:

  1. acupuncture (including surgery, although this is not in practice today)
  2. herbal medicine
  3. massage and bone setting
  4. martial and meditative arts (Gong Fu, Chi Gong, Tai Qi)
  5. dietary therapy

Among the 5 arms of medicine, dietary therapy is considered the highest form of medicine. We do not know why dietary therapy is thought of so favorably but we theorize that if a doctor can cure disease through nutritional counseling, the patient gains the ability to cure their own disease and maintain health.

Another fundamental notion of Chinese Medicine is the prevention of disease and maintenance of health. Historically, a Chinese Medicine doctor was paid a retainer to keep their patients healthy. If a patient became sick, the doctor would not be paid until the patient’s health returned. In a similar vein, a doctor that resorted to surgery was considered an inferior doctor. If he/she did their job correctly and helped their clients stay healthy, there would be no need to perform surgery.

In the modern age, the style of Chinese Medicine that is most prevalent in the United States is based on the medical model of the People’s Republic of China. This approach to medicine is usually termed Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM for short.

In China, hospitals include both a Western medicine and Chinese medicine ward. Upon admittance, the staff directs the patient to the appropriate area. It is not uncommon for both modalities of medicine to be administered for a patient. For instance, acupuncture anesthesia may be performed during a surgical procedure. Post-surgery, acupuncture and herbs are administered to speed recovery.

Chinese Medicine