Do you believe you have the ability to heal yourself? TCM believes everyone is born with a self-healing ability. Here are a few “everyday” examples: you bump into a wall and bruise your arm. You rub it a little and then don’t give it a second thought. The bruise disappears after a few days. Or, you nick your finger while peeling vegetables. You rinse your cut and cover it with a bandage. It heals a few days later.

There are many things the body handles without external interventions. In fact, every day, our bodies process or encounter potentially dangerous viruses and bacteria. Most times, we don’t feel any ill-effects from them. Sometimes, though, when the body is out of balance and Qi-deficient, these things can overwhelm a person’s healing capability. This is especially true when it’s stretched to the limit. At that time, we might see the expression of bacteria and viruses in conditions like pneumonia or cancer. These expressions are unique to each individual and serve a purpose.

This inborn self-healing ability is the reason TCM doesn’t fight with illness or disease. Its whole goal is to help patients spark their own healing power. When balance is restored, harmony happens. If the body is supported properly, it will heal itself. Its six major healing modalities—Qigong, acupuncture, acupressure, an eating-for-healing plan,  herbal therapy, and energy psychology—are focused on this one goal.These modalities are designed to activate and support this self-healing mechanism. The treatments can alleviate symptoms, but the ultimate goal is fixing the root of the energy imbalance, or the reason the issue appeared in the first place. TCM has helped people enhance their healing power and recover from every conceivable kind of health concern—not just bruises and cuts, but conditions like smallpox, hepatitis, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and many more.

Excerpted from Digesting the Universe: A Revolutionary Framework for Healthy Metabolism Function

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