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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
TCM Vs Ayurvedic Medicine (中医与印度医学)
TCM and Indian Ayurvedic medicine are two major traditional
medicine systems affecting Asia and Southeast Asia. Traditionally areas
influenced by TCM are China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. And areas
influenced by Ayurvedic medicine are: India, Indochina and Southeast Asia. So,
Southeast Asia has the best of both systems; in addition to Islamic healing system
Traditional Chinese Medicine treats human constituents to as
many as 36 elements. This is according to a classic work called ‘Neijing’ (内经). Human body is composed of
5 elements: wood, fire, metal, water and earth. These 5 elements are related to
the 5 organs of our body: liver, heart, lungs, kidneys and spleen. All of these
5 elements should ideally be in balance or the person may fall ill.
Ayurvedic medicine thinks that human body is formed by four
elements: earth, water, fire and wind. For example bones are categorized into
earth element, blood and fluids as water element, heat is the fire element and
breaths belong to air element.
Within the four major elementals: each element can cause 110
types of illnesses. For example: flue is said to be caused by imbalance of wind
element while cancers are said of earth element. Any types of illnesses may
cause death if not treated properly and in time.
Also if one sleeps for a long time and yet he/she feels
tired, then this person is said to be suffering from sleeping illness.
Likewise, if one sits for a length of time, he/she may also suffer from sitting
illnesses. So, everyone will suffer some kind of illnesses at any time.
There are three ‘doshas’ (bio-energy) uniquely only in
·Kapha: sinuses, nostrils, throat etc.
·Pitta: liver, spleen, gall bladder etc.
Ideally, these three doshas should be in balance and it is
the job of an Ayurvedic doctor to access and to balance the influence any of
the imbalance doshas.
In short, both of TCM and Ayurvedic medicine strive to
balance the elements in our body to regain health. This is contrary to the
modern Western medicine that seeks to suppress and to remove illnesses by symptoms
It is not fair to say which system is superior as there are
times we need to use force and there are times we just have to let our body