In Chinese medicine, health is the ability of an organism to respond appropriately to a wide variety of challenges in a way that ensures maintaining equilibrium and integrity. The source of disease is any challenge to the body with which it is unable to cope, whether it is a harmful substance or a bad feeling. Disease represents a failure to adapt to the challenge, a disruption of the overall equilibrium. When defences are weakened and resources exhausted, a multiplicity of factors conspire to permit illness.
Disease is a manifestation of an unstable process, a pattern of disharmonious relationships. From the perspective of Chinese medicine, such disharmonies are understood in terms of Blood, Fluids (Moisture) and Qi. Although these are distinct, they have a mutually dependent and indissoluble relationship. Qi is understood as creating and moving the blood, and keeping it in place, whereas blood nourishes the organs that produce and regulate Qi. Without proper moisture, the Qi becomes hot and agitated and the blood dries up and congeals.
The three factors influencing in producing patterns of harmony and disharmony and so precipitating illness are environment, emotional outlook and way of life.
Acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal remedies are the three methods used for rebalancing and correcting disharmonies of the body.
Body: A thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors and a misfit from the start (Ralph Waldo Emerson).