"Chinese medicine was developed about five thousand years ago. There were no x-ray machines, microscopes and no human dissection (cutting open the body would offend the ancestors.) So the only way to understand how the body worked, was to observe everything sleep, diet, thirst, digestion, urine, feces, phlegm, sweat, sexual function, menses, emotions, etc. It"s like a jigsaw puzzle, the more pieces you have the better idea of what the whole picture might look like.The medicine developed in a time when people lived very close to nature. In fact there was no distinction made between oneself and the environment, one influenced the other. They described health as a metaphor of nature, drawing similarities between the human body and the natural world. This greatly influenced the language of Chinese medicine. Instead of clinical and literal descriptions of disease, everything is poetic and metaphorical. Afflictions are called things like Wind, Heat, Cold, or Damp."
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