Exploring traditional Chinese medicine
Khen-Wei Yeoh investigates the variety of traditional medicines
- By: Kheng-Wei Yeoh
Traditional Chinese medicine adopts a more holistic philosophy than Western medicine. It emphasises the importance of balance in the body and mind and the smooth flow of an optimal amount of energy - blood is the visible form and qi the invisible form - in maintaining health. This is known as the balance of yin and yang. Yin represents water, quiet, substance, and night, while yang represents fire, noise, function, and day. Disorders of this balance may require intervention; these include acupuncture, moxibustion, tai chi, qi gong, and herbal therapy.
The diagnostic and therapeutic principles of yin and yang are based on a system of anatomy and physiology peculiar to traditional Chinese medicine. There are, however, several interesting observations which correlate with Western medicine. Vital energy flows through the different parts of the body (channels) in a well defined circadian rhythm. The lung channel is dominant between 3 00 am