As part of a great integration of Western and Eastern thought, Eastern ideas about health are working their way into Western clinical practice. So what is the main difference in the way each look at illness?

Western medicine drills down deeply to provide treatments based on a complete understanding of every tissue, every cell and the inside of every cell. If you injure your knee playing tennis, you see a knee specialist. Western medicine explores these problems deeply and separately. The Western approach is based on separation and differentiation.

On the contrary, Chinese medicine sees your knee problem as a reflection of the whole body’s function. It views the problem broadly within a network of inseparable relationships. The Eastern approach begins with wholeness. In this view, everything is connected; nothing is separate.

After breaking into the structure of the atom, modern science discovered that at the subatomic quantum level, everything truly is connected, just as ancient Chinese masters described. For thousands of years and for billions of people, Chinese medicine has used the Five Element Consciousness Framework to show how our key organ systems are intimately connected to each other and to Nature.

Inside and outside are connected. It’s all about relationships.

Want to learn more?

Click here to read more about TCM’s view of the body as an organic whole.

Then listen to Grand Master Nan Lu talk about acid reflux during a 2018 Xiao Dao workshop. Xiao Dao is his system for building a deep connection to the body’s healing wisdom.

Xiao Dao Training

Join Grand Master Nan Lu on December 7-8, 2019 for the next Xiao Dao training. To learn more and to register, visit: https://www.tcmworld.org/health/xiao-dao-training/.

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