The Chinese definition of health
One of the great things about acupuncture is that it is designed to be preventative as well as curative. This is because of the way health in viewed in Chinese Medicine. In the west we are used to being ‘healthy’ until some point when we step over some invisible line and become ‘ill’. This can lead to some very frustrating situations when we ‘know’ there’s something not quite right but according to all the medical tests, we are perfectly well. In Chinese medicine this does not happen because health and wellness is measured on a continuum, with perfect health at one end and seriously unhealthy at the other. Also, because acupuncture in holistic, all conditions and symptoms are assessed at the same time, allowing the interactions and links between conditions to become apparent and explainable.
Below are links to the physiological understanding of the organs from a Chinese perspective. These Functions form the bases of health and disease within the whole person.