A Brief History of Chinese Medicine


Chinese Medicine, which is based on the profound philosophy and traditional approach of Taoism has been around for more than three thousand years. It is one of the oldest medicines recorded in history.

Chinese Medicine is very complex and sometimes misunderstood. It evolved from the Taoist Tradition, with the core belief that everything in this universe has interconnection and balance, the human body is a small version of a large universe, and there is always a harmony and balance between a person and his or her surroundings. The same thing is true in our bodies, where all the organs are interconnected by the vital force or energy called chi. This energy (chi) flows through the body via pathways, or as we call them, “meridians”; disruption or imbalance in the flow of this energy causes illness. Chinese Medicine offers many ways to keep the person in balance and well.

So what is the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine? It is the theory of Yin and Yang, which concerns balance of these two opposite forces (which are also interdependent). Each organ in our body has an element of Yin and Yang, so it is important to keep the Yin and Yang elements in balance.

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine will determine the nature of a patient’s problem by diagnosing the person using a traditional approach such as pulse diagnosis or tongue diagnosis, as well as observation, palpation, auscultation and examining his or her medical history. The treatment will be thus determined according to the diagnosis. Chinese Medicine treatment is very extensive, where we use acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional support, food therapy, moxa or heat therapy, cupping, bleeding, electro acupuncture, and the latest increasingly popular modality, cold laser therapy. I will be discussing more about cold laser in the future lectures.

By: Raphaela Sorkin