Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Going to have my pulse felt"

Over the last few days there has been some illness lurking in our little home.
Noses blocked, chests tight and sleepless nights.

Do I dare myself to find a Chinese medicine to cure this? I am intrigued.

Am I finally adjusting to my new life so much so that I am ready to take the plunge, delve into the vast unknown world of TCM?

"Traditional Chinese medicine is largely based on the philosophical concept that the human body is a small universe with a set of complete and sophisticated interconnected systems, and that those systems usually work in balance to maintain the healthy function of the human body. The balance of yin and yang is considered with respect to qi ("breath", "life force", or "spiritual energy"), blood, jing ("kidney essence", including "semen"), other bodily fluids, the Wu Xing, emotions, and the soul or spirit (shen). TCM has a unique model of the body, notably concerned with the meridian system. Unlike the Western anatomical model which divides the physical body into parts, the Chinese model is more concerned with function. Thus, the TCM spleen is not a specific piece of flesh, but an aspect of function related to transformation and transportation within the body, and of the mental functions of thinking and studying."

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