Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine - Harmonious
Functioning Of Jing, Qi And Shen
Moving towards well-being depends on the
harmonious functioning of our physical, emotional and spiritual
aspects - the three levels of energy known as the 'Three Treasures'.
They are Jing, or 'Essence' Qi the natural enlivening, energy of the
universe, and Shen, meaning 'spirit' or 'Mind'.
Jing is inherited from our parents and is
the most substantive and material of the Three Treasures. It is closely
related to our genetic blueprint and is the substance our bodies are
made of. Qi is what enlivens us and gives rise to our emotions. Shen,
or Spirit, the most subtle energy of the Three Treasures, depends on
the vitality of Qi and Jing for its strength and vigor. When the body
is healthy and strong, and the emotions are sound, free flowing and
appropriately expressed, our spiritual health can deepen.
How To Maintain Optimal Health Through Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine?
All Three Treasures are intimately
interwoven and must be consciously cultivated and balanced to maintain
optimal health. Looking after ourselves from the perspective of the
Three Treasures requires that we become aware of, and bring into
harmony, our emotional states, lifestyle, diet and our interaction with
our environment to cultivate spiritual wholeness. Striving to bring
into balance the different aspects of our being, as represented in the
Three Treasures, is the ultimate objective of Chinese medicine. We are
encouraged to take this responsibility as this forms the first barrier
of defense against invading disease and is considered the highest form
of medicine - prevention.
The preventative approach focuses on maintaining and vitalizing the
strength of our Three Treasures by avoiding unfavorable circumstances.
When harmony with nature is upset, when moderation gives rise to
excess, ill health and disease will manifest. There is great emphasis
in Traditional Chinese herbal medicine on conducting our lives in ways
that nurture and enhance the Three Treasures, so as not to deplete
these essential energies. By making proper choices in what we eat, how
we exercise, how we deal with our emotions and when we work and rest,
it is not beyond anyone to help prevent disease and promote personal
health. In fact, no amount of treatment by a practitioner will overcome
an unhealthy diet or a poor lifestyle.
Below are the Traditional Chinese Herbal
Medicine principles in prevention and healing of diseases: