Presentation on theme: "Chi Energy Each person must nurture the Ch'i (air, breath) that has been given to them. Taoists strongly promote health and vitality. Tai chi as an art."— Presentation transcript:
Chi Energy Each person must nurture the Ch'i (air, breath) that has been given to them. Taoists strongly promote health and vitality. Tai chi as an art of the balance of forces
Tai chi works on all parts of the body, to "stimulate the central nervous system, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and gently tones muscles without strain. It also enhances digestion, elimination of wastes and the circulation of blood. Moreover, tai chi's rhythmic movements massage the internal organs and improve their functionality."
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that illness is caused by blockages or lack of balance in the body's "chi" (intrinsic energy). Tai Chi is believed to balance this energy flow.
Acupuncture & Meridians
Y/Y and the Five Elements
Chinese acupuncture Cultural incommensurability (no common measure) between Western and Eastern explanations of pain. Chi energy travels throughout the body along channels, or meridians. The method of selecting points along for acupuncture anesthesiology: "where a meridian traverses, there is a place amenable to treatment. This doesnt jibe with Western explanations; from the Western perspective, its success is an anomaly.
CTM & Western Medicine Different attitudes to acupuncture highlight contrasting views of the the physician. The gardener and the mechanic. Mechanic: structure determines function, and structure is purely physical. Focus on parts to be fixed. Gardener: Patient is viewed as a complete integration of body and mind. Theory-dominant vs. practice- dominant orientations. The Chinese generally more concerned about efficacy than about explanation.
CTM is holistic in directing itself to the person as a physiological and psychological unity. Analyze not the sickness but rather understand the sick person to restore balance and health. Eastern medicines traditional view of the body takes the bodys mode in the opposite direction from modern medicines procedure of anatomy first, then physiology, and only finally psychology.-- Yuasa