Causes of illness and TCM approach to health ?>

Causes of illness and TCM approach to health

Stress and Energy deficiency are the major causes of illness

Illness is a state of imbalance, when stress and the lack of energy lead to organ and body system dysfunctions.

The body has natural powers to stay healthy – to rejuvenate, reproduce, repair itself and prevent illness, therefore maintain balance. When we push ourselves over the limit persistently, neglecting basic needs such as proper diet, exercise, relaxation and, most importantly, restorative sleep, we damage those powers, become unbalanced and expose ourselves to illness.

Symptoms come and go because our cells are constantly fighting for survival. Symptoms improve or disappear naturally when we give ourselves a chance to recuperate. They worsen and others develop as we weaken our body and mind even more.

When we leave our body and mind with not enough energy to maintain normal functions, cell damage and cell death, illness and pain, low productivity and irritability, anxiety and depression are just some of the natural consequences that could appear.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the most natural way towards a balanced and healthy life

With a history of 2000 to 3000 years, 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 and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes.

The TCM approach treats zang–fu organs as the core of the human body. Tissue and organs are connected through a network of channels and blood vessels inside human body. Qi (or Chi) acts as some kind of carrier of information that is expressed externally through jingluo system. Pathologically, a dysfunction of the zang-fu organs may be reflected on the body surface through the network, and meanwhile, diseases of body surface tissues may also affect their related zang or fu organs. Affected zang or fu organs may also influence each other through internal connections. Traditional Chinese medicine treatment starts with the analysis of the entire system, and then focuses on the correction of pathological changes through readjusting the functions of the zang-fu organs.

Evaluation of a syndrome not only includes the cause, mechanism, location, and nature of the disease, but also the confrontation between the pathogenic factor and body resistance. Treatment is not based only on the symptoms, but differentiation of syndromes. Therefore, those with an identical disease may be treated in different ways, and on the other hand, different diseases may result in the same syndrome and are treated in similar ways.

The clinical diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are mainly based on the yin-yang and five elements theories. These theories apply the phenomena and laws of nature to the study of the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body and its interrelationships.