The background and philosophy of Chinese healthcare


A centuries-old tradition

For centuries, Chinese physicians and scholars have painstakingly studied the workings of the human body, both in health and in illness. There has been a continuous tradition in China, stretching over literally thousands of years, of perceiving and treating the human body as a field of energy. This approach is completely in tune with the most advanced discoveries of modern science. Chinese Medicine is both preventative and therapeutic. It is based on accumulated research into herbal treatments, the physical structures of the body and the pathways through which our internal energy moves. One of the great achievements of Chinese Medicine has been to understand the subtle inner workings of the human body, without the use of invasive technology. Based on minute and sensitive observations, a vast body of knowledge has accumulated. This enables the specialist to diagnose specific disturbances within each of the body's vital organs and related systems.


Beyond the Needles

When people think of Chinese medicine, they would think acupunture. However, it would be foolish to think that the ancient Chinese solves all problems with needle points. There is, in fact, 13 branches of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is most recognised internationally probably because it is the most unique and the most exotic-looking. There is no counterpart in the West for acupuncture.

Nevertheless, the other branches are just as rich and equally representative of the Chinese medical tradition. Amongst them is the ‘Bone’ branch. This is musculoskeletal branch of Chinese medicine.

The ‘bone’ branch may not be well-known outside the Chinese communities. And there is no single translated name that can do it justice. For simplicity, you may think of it as osteopathy, massage, bone-setting, physiotherapy and sport medicine all rolled into one. Despite the term ‘bone’ in its name, the branch covers also muscles, nerves and tendons.

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