In trying to understand the workings of the human body, the Chinese took a very different approach to those in the West. In the West we dissected bodies in order to understand their intricate details. In ancient China they instead looked to the big picture portrayed by nature.
The Chinese had already developed a sophisticated philosophy on the working of the natural world, and they extended this to their understanding of health. Thus, the theory runs: this is how nature works and as we are all part of nature, this must also be how we work…
As Western medical research develops, the emphasis has remained on detail. The Human Genome project, MRI imaging and brain research amongst others, are all continuing to increase the accuracy of detail. This research is also uncovering increasing links between aspects of our physiology that were unsuspected. What astonished me is how often these correlate spectacularly to those connections identifies by the Chinese thousands of years ago.
East Meets West