Eastern medicine for integrative health

Holistic therapy seeing the body as one

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Western medicine leaves the questions of the body to the physician, the mental problems to the psychiatrist, the emotional ones to the psychologist or counsellor and the spiritual queries to the priest (or dismisses is as a ‘religious matter’). This is a very fragmented view of the human being and highly reductionist. Holistic therapies on the other hand starts from the oneness of the human being, not focusing on any of the component part but understanding that the body, mind, emotions and spirit are all interconnected to the degree it is impossible to separate them out. The therapy is interested in the relationship between these and trying to build on the essential foundation of unity in diversity. By discovering where the conflict is located (cause of the illness/pain) the various methods used helps the receiver access their own helping capacity and restore their health. The analogy of the human cell is a good analogy here as the body originated from this one cell, the smallest unit of life the moment the sperm and the egg united. It didn’t get assembled by various cells. Over time this one cell, carrying the DNA and blueprint for the whole body, divided and divided into trillions of cells that each specialised to carry out specific functions in the human body, which can be explained more by clicking here – http://www.mindinsoma.org/.

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Using the Traditional Chinese Medicine framework for healing

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Adhering to this way of thinking about the human body helps make associations and connections between all experiences of a person. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used a metaphorical map of the world in which it divides it into Five Elements or Phases. Fundamentally it is build on the notion of Yin & Yan, Earth and Heaven, in between which all the things in the world are manifested. In it Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire all represents different parts of the body, meridians, emotions, mental states, spiritual qualities as well as seasons, food etc. Using this framework for healing helps find balance in the system/human being. It is the task of the Shiatsu practitioner or Acupuncturist (who uses TCM as a model of working) to detect when the various elements are deficient or in excess and find an appropriate way to bring them more energy (Ki/Qi) or disperse it. Not only can this be done through bodywork and applying pressure and stimulation to meridians and acupressure points, but also through dietary advise and lifestyle changes. Recommendations are given based on the unique client to make it realistic for them to incorporate the advice into their life.