Understanding how nature influences Chinese Medicine diagnosis
Ok, so this does sound a bit ominous, but in Chinese Medicine (CM), one of the causes of disease relates to external pathogenic factors that enter our bodies. These are heat, cold, wind, damp, dry and summer heat. These pernicious influences can also be caused by chronic internal imbalances. As a Chinese Medicine practitioner, it helps to inform us why certain symptoms are showing up in your body. These patterns emerge in certain ways in the body and affect the physiology of different organs in different ways.
These “evils” cannot harm the body alone, unless there is already an imbalance or deficiency. Our ability to fend off wind, cold etc means that the body’s upright qi (think immune system) is strong enough to withstand these “evils” entering the body and disrupting our internal balance. Understanding how these “Evils” effect the body, helps a Chinese Medicine practitioner direct their treatment, to effect change in the body and bring it back to balance. Of course there are other factors that will influence our diagnosis and treatment, such as trauma, emotions, diet and lifestyle, but I will talk about those at another time.