Why do we get ill?
Illness or disharmonies are reflective of a homeodynamic imbalance in the body. Likely you’ve heard of the term ‘homeostatis’–the idea that the body reaches a healthy point and then stays there. I prefer homeodynamic, because our body and mind is constantly adjusting, like a tightrope walker, to come back to health. It’s a very dynamic and active process not one that reaches a plateau and then becomes static.
It’s not always clear sometimes, however the 8 Principles theory of Chinese Medicine can help us identify the functional disharmony and thereby focus treatment. Like Five Elements, Organ theory, and the 6 Jiao, the 8 Principles is just one of many tools that a Chinese Medicine practitioner has available to identify patterns and thereby hone treatment to the individual. […]