E= mc2 : This equation defines the relationship between matter and energy. At the University of Florida I studied this and numerous other equations and concepts while I was in the honors physics program. This experience gave me a deep appreciation of what this equation tells us about the natural world, and how physical matter and energy interact. At the forefront of modern science is the search for a single rule or understanding of how all phenomena in the universe function. While in school I stumbled across an ancient Chinese text that revealed this understanding. The book is the 2500 yr old Hua Hu Ching, a less well known work by the author of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu. I was amazed to discover that the ancient Chinese had developed a sophisticated understanding of these natural laws and the forces that govern all life. Upon further study I also found out that the Chinese applied this knowledge to human life as a foundation to the complete medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
It was this understanding that attracted me to Chinese Medicine. Using their knowledge of energy relationships the Chinese have developed a unique system of medicine that is very powerful. Chinese Medicine recognizes disease as an imbalance of the body’s natural energy. Healing is achieved by simply rebalancing the body’s energy. Because the physical state of the body is “mirrored” by its energy configuration balancing of a person’s energy will alter their physical health and well being. This also means that Chinese Medicine can be used to treat conditions that have unknown physical mechanisms or causes such as emotional disorders and fibromyalgia.
In my experience I have seen firsthand how this energy rebalancing, Acupuncture, can eliminate pain instantly, and provide lasting relief from a wide variety of symptoms. By combining Acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine and other facets of Chinese Medicine dramatic results can be obtained. These results have been verified by modern scientific studies that confirm their effectiveness.
We are entering a new era in health care, an era that recognizes the importance of preventive medicine. Chinese Medicine transcends the common health paradigm of using prescription drugs to treat symptoms rather then people. Chinese Medicine focuses on restoring health by considering the totality of an person and all of their symptoms. Acupuncture, herbs, and other modalities are the used to balance the person and restore harmony, rather the simply treating individual symptoms.