Theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Five Element Theory

In TCM, (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the Theory of Five Elements not only describes the physiology and pathology of the human body, but also describes the interrelationship of the human being with the outside environment. In the diagnosis and treatment of disease the Five Elements Theory serves as a guide for the Practitioner. Each of the 5 Elements represents a season in the yearly cycle.
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Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Ji) / Qi Gong

Millions of people in China and around the world regularly practice qigong as a health maintenance exercise. Qigong and related disciplines are still associated with the martial arts and meditation routines trained by Taoist and Buddhist monks, professional martial artists and their students.
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The Theory of Yin and Yang

The meaning of the characters for Yin and Yang, necessarily, has more than just one connotation. Because yang means the "sunny side of the hill", it corresponds to the day and more active functions. Yin, meaning the "shady side of the hill", corresponds to night and less active functions.
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The Theory of Zang Fu (Internal Organs)

The Theory of the Internal Organs is often described as the core of Chinese medical theory, because it best represents the Chinese Medicine view of the body as an integrated whole. This theory represents a landscape of functional relationships which deliver total integration of the bodily function, emotion, mental activities, tissues, sense organs and external influences. Western Medicine sees each organ as a unit in its material-anatomical aspect, whereas TCM views each organ as a complex system encompassing its anatomical entity and its corresponding emotion, tissue, sense organ, mental state, color, climate and more.
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The Vital Substances Theory

Qi, Blood, Essence and Body Fluids, TCM sees the working of the body and mind as the results of the interaction of certain vital substances. These substances manifest in varying degrees. At varying degrees of materiality, ranging from the completely material, such as Body Fluids, to the totally immaterial, such as the Mind.

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