Tying Into Ancient Philosophies and Tying Together the Cycle
Tying Into Ancient Philosophies
You have had a head cold for over a month. No matter what type of medication you try, you simply can’t get rid of the problem. It continues to linger, knocking you out of your ability to have the energy you want to and function at the level you want every day. Getting desperate for an answer to get rid of the illness, you begin to look for alternatives.
For most, there is some cynicism on whether the ideas of Chinese medicine really work. Even though it is an ancient practice that has been developed through both the physical and spiritual aspects, it doesn’t tie into much science that Western thought would give a second look at.
Chinese medicine, even though it is not a proven science, is a good alternative for those that are dealing with any type of illness. For about 90% that use the method, they will say that there are positive results that come from the practice. All you have to do to see if this is true is to look at the amount of time that it has lasted. You can also look at the growing popularity of various holistic methods that are now being used. Most of these come from Chinese medical philosophies.
Tying Together the Cycle
In order for one to be balanced and healthy in Chinese traditions, all of the elements in their body have to be balanced. In order to do this, one must first understand how the elements work together to achieve and maintain complete health. If you are looking towards nature to find a way to heal, then Chinese medicine can help to define what areas you should be looking at.
After the five elements have been divided and completely understood, they are all put into the proper alignment and place. This is known as the Shen Cycle, which translates into the Nourishing Cycle. When one is completely balanced and healthy, they can use the cycle of the elements to help. It is said, according to these Chinese medicine principles that water nourishes wood, wood fuels fire, fire makes earth, and earth yields metal and metal produces water.
Chinese medicine, at its very roots, carries the philosophy and ideal of combining the natural elements of earth with healing. By cycling together the elements, either through nourishing the elements, or canceling them out, it allows one to keep the natural order in their own life. It is simply understanding when one’s body is in the specific element and understanding how it should respond.[sa]