Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher (or possibly many philosophers) who lived several thousand years ago. He is usually credited with writing the Tao Te Ching, a book considered to represent the foundations of the Taoist philosophy.
The Tao is the natural order, “The Way”, which underlies the substance and movement of the universe. Taoism suggests that opposing forces are needed for harmony to exist. These balancing, inter-dependent, and transforming forces are known as Yin Yang.
Yin is the shady side of the mountain – it is darker, cooler, and moister. Yang is the sunny side of the mountain – it is brighter, warmer, and drier. Day turns into night, night turns into day. Yang turns into Yin which turns into Yang.
The Huang Di Nei Jing is an ancient text which has been the fundamental source for Traditional Chinese Medicine theory for thousands of years. It consists of two parts – the Su Wen (“basic questions”) and LingShu (“spiritual pivot”).
A healthy body & mind reflect a balance of Yin & Yang energies of the body, and an unrestricted circulation of Blood & Qi. The philosophy of Chinese Medicine is holistic, meaning the body is considered more than just the sum of its parts.
Building vitality and treating illness in Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to optimize circulation through the external Meridian system (using acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, tui na, and qi gong) and balance the internal ZangFu organ system (using dietary modifications and Chinese Herbal Medicine).
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