Do You Know The History Of Eastern Medicine?


By: Allie T.

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Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago, this style of medicine has throughout its history been refined and had to adapt to a changing world. However, many of its practices are still being performed the same as they were thousands of years ago. Eastern medicine practitioners are skilled in the field of acupuncture, herbal remedies, tai chi and mind and body practices.

In most cases, when Eastern medicine is practiced outside of its home range, it is utilized as a complementary health approach rather than a primary solution. Most individuals regard Eastern medicine as generally safe. However, with acupuncture, it is always advised to have it performed with sterile needles and an experienced hand.

The nature of Eastern medicine is to treat the individual on a holistic level and not focus solely on the disease. Practitioners take a keen look at the patient, specifically underlying imbalances and tensions to help treat that individual. With Eastern medicine, a heavy focus is placed on energy, as it is believed that energy, also known as qi, flows throughout the body. The philosophies that govern this medicinal practice pay attention to every aspect of a person’s being inclusive of diet, nutrition, spirituality and exercise with a key focus on stimulating the flow of energy throughout the body.

Can you name some examples of Eastern medicine? Do you know what they treat and heal? Or do you prefer to stick to Western medication? Let's find out.

Eastern medicine is also known as Traditional ________ Medicine.

Eastern or Chinese medicine began over 2,500 years ago. Taoism is a major influence on Chinese medicine.


The _________ Emperor's Inner Canon has been the most influential text for more than 2,000 years.

The ancient Chinese medical text is also called Huangdi Neijing. This book has been considered the fundamental source for Eastern Medicine.


The body's vital energy is called chi or ________.

The literal translation of Qi is "air," "breath," or "gas.' Qi is the underlying principle in Chinese Medicine.


The channels that the body's chi flows through are called ________.

The Meridians are a complex web-like network that supplies qi to every part of the body. The Meridians reveal how a person lives and why he or she gets sick.


What is the name of the book about herbs that is considered the earliest classic on the topic?

'The Herbal' is the oldest record of herbs. It talks about 365 different herbal drugs.


Yin energy vibrates at the temperature of _________.

Yin energy is also dark and in the lower position. The energy also directs inward while it has inhibitory physiological functions.


What is Dual Modulation?

With the body in harmony, each organ works properly. The organs also work in harmony with one another.


________ is one of the five elements and is dedicated to the east.

Spring is the season associated with the element of wood. This element is also linked to the eyes and the wind.


There are ________ Meridians in the human body.

The Twelve Meridians have names according to the organs they serve, limb positions, and yin-yang properties. Names of the Meridians range from the Lung Meridian to Gall Bladder Meridian.


The 12 Meridians distribute energy through the body with the main channels being the ______ and the _______.

Each arm and each leg have three of the twelve Meridians. The set of three Meridians are either all yin energy or yang energy, depending if they are in the arm or leg.


Yang energy vibrates at the temperature of _________.

Yang energy is also bright and in the upper position. The energy also directs outward while it has excitatory physiological functions.


The six evils are related to the ______ or working environment.

The damp diseases usually show up in the late summer or in the beginning of fall. Wind diseases like to arrive in the spring while heat diseases arrive in the summer and cold diseases in the winter.


In Eastern Medicine _________ are thought to be the significant internal cause of disease.

Within a typical day, emotions felt and expressed do not harm the body. However, when feelings are overwhelming, this causes profound injury to the internal organs and throws the door open to disease.


Chinese medicine says that humans feel _________ emotions.

The seven emotions include anger, joy, anxiety, and fear. Joy influences the heart, while anger controls the liver.


_________ are portals that store energy.

There are seven major chakras and hundreds of minor chakras all through the body. When a chakra is out of balance, especially a major one, the energy of the person is off, which invites in disease.


A key component of Chinese medicine that uses needles inserted into the body is ____________.

Acupuncture uses thin needles inserted along the meridians. It is a safe practice as long as it is done by a trained professional using clean needles.


Traditional Chinese Medicine says that the _______ are the center of yin/yang energy.

The kidneys are said to prevent evil from entering the vital organs. They are also in control of the water in and out of the body.


The ________ chakra is located at the base of the spine.

The root or base chakra controls fear, passion, anger, and grounding. It vibrates to the color red.


The 'The Book of Plain Questions' is also called ________.

The Suwen is a conversation between the Yellow Emperors and his medical advisors. The Emperor asks a question about anatomy, physiology, and therapy with the advisors answering.


Two inches below the belly button is the location of the ________ chakra.

The sacral chakra regulates sexual energy, wellness, and creativity. It vibrates to the color orange.


During the Ming dynasty, physician ___________ said that "The body is prone to deficiency rather than excess."

Zhang Jiebin had incredible influence on the creation of Chinese medicine. Two of his significant works came from his years of study and medical practice; they were the 'Leijing' and 'Jingyue Yixue Quanshu.'


The _________ chakra sits two inches above the belly button.

The solar plexus chakra controls self-confidence and self-esteem. It vibrates to the color of yellow.


_________ is the healing modality from India.

Ayurveda promotes that good health is when the doṣas are equal; while unequal dosas result in disease. It divides health into eight components.


The _________chakra is in the middle of the sternum.

The heart chakra regulates love. The charka vibrates to the colors of green and pink.


________ is a therapy that involves burning mugwort root to facilitate healing.

Using moxibustion burns mugwort and is held over the needle from acupuncture. The heat from the mugwort is meant to warm and stimulate the blood, strengthen the kidney, and invigorate the blood.


The ___________ chakra regulates the ability for a person to tell his or her truths.

The throat chakra is located in the neck and shoulder area. It vibrates to the color blue.


Practitioners use a combination of acupressure, massage, and body manipulation for ___________ massage.

Tui Na is a form of Asian bodywork therapy. During the session, the patient sits on a chair and remains clothed.


Intuition is regulated by the __________ chakra.

The third-eye chakra is located in the between the eyebrows. It vibrates to the color of indigo.


What type of Chinese massage places glasses or cups on the body?

Cupping is a version of Chinese massage that places several glass cups on the body. The cups are warmed before being placed.


The _________ chakra is located in the center of the head.

The crown chakra connects the person to their higher source. It vibrates to the color violet.


The most widely used herb in Chinese Medicine is _______.

Ginseng is used for a variety of illnesses including high blood pressure, fatigue, and erectile dysfunction. It can also improve a person's mood and help to treat cancer.


Chinese nutrition says that a person needs a balanced diet with the __________.

The five tastes are sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and bitter. The five tastes are consistent with the concept of the five elements.


In Zang Fu, the _________ are given names of officials.

Zang refers to yin energy and includes lungs, kidneys, heart, and spleen. Fu refers to yang energy and is directed towards the organs small and large intestines, bladder, stomach, and gallbladder.


Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the __________ for five basic ways to assess what is out of balance.

The practitioner looks at the tongue's color, shape, features, moisture, and coating. The patient must not brush the tongue before the appointment.


________ is an important ingredient in healing.

Water works with the kidneys to regulate metabolism. Water is also important to the immune system and helps to protect the body from bacteria and viruses.


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