Traditional Chinese Medicine
The so called »Traditional Chinese Medicine« TCM has become a buzzword in the West. In fact a tradition as such does not exist. In China, since the Mao period, Chinese medicine has been a compromise between the old, partially religiously tinted healing methods, the opinion of western trained doctors and the theories of some Marxists.
In the West who could have ever offered real TCM today, if he has not studied the ancient writings, if he has not verified their claims?
For the first time ever, after 23 years of research, and only in 2003-2011, the classics of ancient Chinese medicine has been translated into English and published in 4 volumes. It is about 1600 pages with texts dating back to times of the Yellow Emperor. The work is called Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen. Head of the project was Paul U. Unschuld, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor in history of pharmacy, in history of medicine and in Chinese studies.
With certainty no one could insinuate negative stereotypes to Unschuld and his staff. And Unschuld sees the run on the so-called tradition with skepticism. He questiones whether one should not strive to better understand the described mechanisms of action. In the theory of meridians, pathways of life energy flowing through the body, this is not yet the case. He points to studies in which the needling of »false« points, points being offside the described pathways of the meridians, was effective too. Therefore one should ask whether the extraordinary trust in these outdated theories could be justified at all. He, who extols TCM as a holistic alternative, should also bear in mind that it contains neither surgery nor the study of infectious diseases. And he should consider that today's upper class Chinese prefer the best modern medicine that one could think of.
The tables below are meant to give an insight into the theory of the meridians and the 5 elements. However, they were compiled from various Western sources before the translation of »Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen«.
Peak Times of Anatomical Organs in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Mars - Egocentric, Animal nature, Self expression, Competitive, Survival, Disorder, Divisive
Neptune - Inspiration, Spontaneity, Altruism, Guilt & Control, Manipulation
The 5 Elements in the Traditional Chinese Medicine
Sartorius, Gastrocnemius, Soleus & Gracilis (Adrenals), Teres Minor (Thyroid)
Sacrospinalis, Anterior & Posterior Tibialis, Peroneus
The catalyst for all Actions
Adductors, Piriformis, Gluteus
Psoas, Iliacus, Upper Trapezius
Deep Synthesis (Knowing of Life)
Metabolic Activity & Life Adaptation
Self Awareness, »I Am«
Primary Sence of Presence
Primary Reactions to Life
Will to Live, Survival, Procreation
the Storage of all Experiences