Straight from Chinese Medicine History,
The Dao (Tao) Te Ching by Lao Tzu,
translated by D.C. Lau,
The way that can be spoken of
Is not the constant way;
The name that can be named
Is not the constant name.
The nameless was the beginning of heaven and earth;
The named was the mother of the myriad creatures.
Hence always rid yourself of desires in order to observe its secrets;
But always allow yourself to have desires in order to observe manifestations.
These two are the same
But diverge in name as they issue forth.
Being the same they are called mysteries,
Mystery upon mystery-
The gateway of the manifold secrets.
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM?
Chinese medicine is a system of medicine based on the idea that an energy, called qi, flows along pathways in the body called meridians. In this belief, if the flow of qi along these meridians is blocked or unbalanced, illness can occur. Qi becomes blocked from emotional trauma, seasonal changes, diet, accidents, stress, overwork etc.
In China, doctors have practiced Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and it is gaining in popularity in many Western countries. The best way to learn and know Qi is to experience it personally through QiGong, Tai Qi, meditation, acupuncture etc.
With a history of 2000 to 3000 years or more, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe as described in Daoism, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.