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Traditional Chinese Medicine Books

Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back to the time of the Emperor Huang Di (c. 2700 BCE), also known as the Yellow Emperor. His system of charting the meridians, channels, and points in the body, documenting what he observed as the medicinal effects of all sorts of plants and organic matter is still in use today. We may look back and wonder how he developed such a system.

We have selected a few items that may be useful in study and practice. These selections are not endorsements or recommendations. They are intended to provide students with as much information as possible to encourage them to learn.

The Internal Arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine

In practicing the internal arts, especially qigong, we must be mindful of all the channels and points (dian xue 点穴). The goal is to direct the qi along the respective channels to certain points in the body to promote healing. The better the circulation, the more capable the body is of warding off or fighting disease. In fact, according to TCM theory, most diseases are caused by an imbalance in the body. The theory holds that if the balance can be adjusted properly, the body can be returned to a normal state. This is very similar to the western concept, developed at a similar time, of homeostasis – that our bodies naturally want to be in balance. Modern science supports this idea of balance. We have dietary guidelines and recommended exercise times. We also have antibiotics and other medicines that didn’t exist 4500 years ago which have considerable merit.

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