The central goal of Chinese medicine is to achieve harmony for health and longevity.
A conventional conception in the western world is that our health is a place where we stand and disease is a deviation from this static point. Professional healers know, however, that health is a dynamic balance dependent on contextual variables such as lifestyle, environment, genetics, exposure to pathogens and misadventure. In western philosophy, from the time of Rene Descartes in the 17th century, there has been an ideational separation of mind and body which has enabled the profound achievements of internal medicine and surgery. However, just as it has always been in some modalities, it is realized now that true healing must involve the whole being of a person, and that consideration must be given to more than just the physical aspects of illness. To address this problem in Canada, hospitals and ministries of health are looking at a wide range of medical practices.
One of the deepest and broadest of the non-western systems of medicine in the world is Chinese medicine. In Chinese culture the understanding of health as a fluid balance of process and change is firmly rooted in both ancient time and living consciousness. The central goal of Chinese medicine is to achieve harmony for health and longevity. This harmony is reached through medical treatment and the promotion of positive lifestyle changes. The health process is approached holistically. Rather than focusing on a symptom and its isolated manifestations, dysfunction is dealt with in a wide context of the persona as an integrated body and mind existing in a larger physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual environment.
Centuries of practical experience and clinical observation have proven the efficacy of Chinese medicine. In the People’s Republic of China, the integration of traditional methods of healing into the national system of medical delivery has proved effective and practical, raising levels of health in the population and keeping the costs of health care down. Both systems of western biomedical and traditional Chinese medicine is used where it is most effective so that they complement one another. Consider that one in six people alive today lives in China, yet their per capita health care costs are a fraction of those in North America and Europe.
It is our aim at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences to promote the wisdom of the Chinese medical tradition in a way that benefits all people of our world. Medicine as we have known it cannot remain the same in the future, and we believe that Chinese medicine offers a potent approach to health and healthy living for all peoples.