Chinese medicine

The consultation in Traditionnal Chinese Medicine

photo13Chinese medicine is not only defined as a healing art. Health is not seen as the absence of disease, but as a state of physical and mental balance. Preserve and develop the physical and mental faculties, live long and healthily are already two centuries before Christ the avowed aim of the oldest treatise of Chinese medicine, the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, who poses on the analog mode the fundamental question: "To wait for illness to arise or disorder to form before taking care of things is like waiting until one is already thirsty before digging a well or waiting for the battle to have already begun before forging weapons. Is this not too late?". Chinese medicine gives everyone the means to achieve this goal, by a knowledge of the intimate mechanisms of the living world, founded on direct observation of phenomena and their cycles.


Based on the concept of vital energy, the Qi, "Chinese medicine is an extensive system of structured knowledge. It considers health as the result of the balance of energy flows going through the body in the famous meridians (or channels) of acupuncture. Since 1978, the World Health Organization has recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment able to provide answers in many pathologies. In fact, it is a universal system, which includes a detailed description of the human's physiological functions. "(Excerpt from ABC of Chinese Medicine ", Christophe Labigne, Grancher publisher).

 

The examination in Chinese Medicine

The investigation of symptoms is done according to the four examinations:

  • Observation (skin, eyes, skin manifestations ...)
  • Hearing (voice, body sounds, cough ...)
  • Palpation (sensitive areas, pulse ...)
  • Examination (sensations and pains, eating habits, social, professional, individual issues...).

Every sign noted makes sense and should be integrated by the practitioner in a global model of  understanding. The traditional examination is essential to determine the action strategy.

After having collected the significant symptoms during the four examinations, the practitioner determines the type of imbalance involved. Thus, the principle is simple: the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner may use the energy carried by a particular product, a particular combination of acupuncture points, specific maneuvers of massage, or set of herbal products to balance the energy of his consultant, or advise specific breathing exercises and gymnastics. These different means are designed to dispel pathogenic factors and boost healthy energy.

 

Care in Chinese Medicine

The range of means of traditional Chinese medicine, far from being reduced to acupuncture, can be divided into two broad categories: external care, provided by the practitioner on the one hand, and methods of self-care on the other. The first category includes pharmacopoeia, diet, massage, and acupuncture. Methods of self-care correspond to the gymnastic and respiratory exercises, and self-massage.

 

Chinese massage: An Mo et Tui Na

Chinese massage is far from being reduced to finger pressure on acupuncture points. An Mo-Tui Na massage consists of maneuvers that require training and a clear understanding of induced mechanisms.

"Massage is regarded in China as a healing art in itself. There are thirty basic maneuvers listed by the universities of Chinese medicine, plus many variations and adaptations depending on the area treated and the particular effect desired. Such manipulations can be applied to an anatomical region, or more specifically on acupuncture points. "(Excerpt from "The hand of Silk", Ch Labigne, published by the Dauphin).

Traditional acupuncture

photo24While we multiply surgery, chemical treatments, since immemorial times the Chinese treat most diseases of internal or external medicine by inserting needles into specific points of the body. Acupuncture aims, through the insertion of needles at selected points, to rebalance the energy fields that supply all organs and tissues (skin, muscles, tendons, bones) in order to eliminate pathogens and enhance natural resources.


"For the Chinese doctors, inserting the needle is not enough. It is  necessary to manipulate the needle. Various techniques are used to strengthen and tone the vital current, disperse or drain accumulations of pathogens that clog meridians. Precise knowledge of the energy characteristics of acupuncture points is requiered. Some acupoints are points of intersection of several meridians, others concentrate the energy of a particular organ etc. The traditional acupuncturist has an accurate representation of the organization of the system of meridians and of the energetic characteristics of points. His diagnosis guides him towards the choice of a coherent prescription of points which respond to the different aspects of each disease for each individual patient. "(Excerpt from "ABC of Chinese Medicine" Christophe Labigne, published Grancher).

Phytotherapy

One might quite rightly wonder what is the interest for a Westerner to use plants from China, while we also have our own traditions of herbal medicine. The answer is not in the comparison of the qualities of herbs, which would be better in China than in the West, but in the knowledge of their mode of action.


"Each product is described in terms of energy. In this context, this is the energy of the plant which treats the energy of man. Thousands years of therapeutic experience have helped refine knowledge of the energetic properties of plants and their privileged associations in formulas, recorded and referenced by doctors in the service of the Empire of China. There are approximately 450 plants and products of pharmacopoeia that are commonly used by the traditional Chinese doctors. "(From "The Chinese diet" Christopher Labigne, The Dauphin publisher)

 

Chinese herbal medicine uses herbs in the preparation of formulas incorporating several ingredients. The plants are known in terms of empowerment (heating, dispersant, toning ...) and place of action (organs, tissues, body fluids, blood, specific meridians ...). The convergence of their energetic qualities can respond to all aspects of an imbalance in an individualized care.
There are an impressive number of standard formulas developed over the centuries that are listed in old treaties. They are administered in the form of powders, tablets, syrups, or decoctions. Some of them are extremely popular and are used to fight colds, flu, and hepatitis.

 

Psychology

Many traditional cultures have reported elaborate conceptions on the functioning of the human spirit. Among them, the Chinese medical tradition provides a "vitalist" model of the organization of the psyche. In Chinese medicine, the mind and body form an inseparable whole. Mental activity is rooted in the activity of the organs.
Chinese psychology is a genuine knowledge which integrates emotions and mental behaviors in a psychosomatic model. Health care is based on dialogue and introspection, but also relaxation, acupuncture, digito-pressure and pharmacopoeia.

 

Qi Gong and self-massage

The practice of body movements, and breathing and relaxation techniques "open", unclog and tone meridians  in order to reset natural energy functions. The application of self massages on digitopressure points  or specific areas is a significant addition to the care of many imbalances. Exercises and self-massage empower you in managing your health.