Chinese medicine started if you like, maybe about four five thousand years ago, when people found various ways to handle disease and
illness. A very long time ago people thought that illnesses were caused by spirits or
demons so they use prayer and they use mediums
to try to heal diseases, and there were also cases of people going to temples to sleep, to dream and in their dreams, the gods will appear then they will try to heal the illness. And it happened in Greece too, in ancient Greece and Rome. About two thousand years ago, there appeared a manual, which has become a classic in chinese medicine called the “Huang Di Nei Jing”, or it’s translated as the “canon of the yellow emperor”, or “the yellow emperor’s canon of medicine.
In the “Huang Di Nei Jing”, perhaps for the first time, it was propounded that illness and disease are caused by natural factors. Factors like climate, interrnal emotions, living habits, diet and so forth and not by spirits. So the treatment for illnesses then was to
have healthy living, good living habits, regular time of the sleeping and rising, healthy food, healthy diet, regular exercise and very importantly to be in charge of your emotions, not to become too excited, too tense you know. Singaporeans have this problem. You find that they end up with things like liver stagnation, qi stagnation, because the emotion of anger or frustrations and sometimes cause the qi not to flow so well in what we call the, your liver organ. The other factor that is important in the “Huang Di Nei Jing” is the influence of climatic factors. It was found especially in the north in China, where the climate was cold, that severe weather, whether it was cold or wind, dampness and sometimes dryness as in the autumn season. And in the south, the heat in the summertime, could be very harmful to your body. Cause at that time they didn’t
understand that there were bacteria and viruses, but actually what happened is during
periods of severe climatic stress, these pathogens were actually more active and could cost
more harm. But the way it was understood in chinese
medicine, it was the climactic factors. In a sense, it was the climatic factors, because it was the climatic factors that laid laid the groundwork for you know, these viruses or bacteria
to invade the body and cause harm. So the “Huang Di Nei Jing” established that basically disease is caused by very
natural factors and the treatment of disease should also
be natural, which is to find herbs and food that will balance your body, create a greater harmony within the body and between the body and the environment and also techniques like accupunture that help the flow of qi and blood in your body.