Classical Chinese Medicine
Classical Chinese Medicine in an ancient medicine for body, mind, and spirit based upon the timeless principles of Daoism, and preserved in writing in classical texts including the Huangdi Neijing, the Nanjing, and the Shanghan Lun, dating as far back as 3,000 years. Central to Classical Chinese Medicine are the teachings on yin and yang, the five phases or elements, and the understanding that the human body is a microcosm in constant interplay with the larger macrocosm.
The term ‘classical’ is used to distinguish this medicine from ‘traditional’ Chinese Medicine (TCM), a product of China’s Cultural Revolution in which an attempt was made to systematize China’s ancient and holistic medical traditions into something more ‘western’ and ‘modern.’ The result was the loss of many of the nuances of the living lineage-based Daoist arts in exchange for a more standardized, textbook-style of medicine.
Classical Chinese Medicine focuses on treating the person, not the disease, since each person is unique and no single disease presents itself in the same way in any two given individuals. For this reason, the clinical practice of Classical Chinese Medicine is a highly personalized, creative, and dynamic process. Using questioning and a variety of diagnostic tools including pulse reading and tongue analysis, the practitioner seeks to gain a deep understanding of the total condition of the patient, and to devise a customized treatment plan that not only alleviates symptoms, but uproots the causes of disease. A wide range of therapeutic tools are used including acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, massage, diet and lifestyle advice, herbal remedies, music healing, and qi gong exercises. Ultimately the patient is taught how to tap into his or her own healing potential, an infinite source of energy within, and to live in a way that promotes the sustained balance and vitality of the body, mind, and spirit.