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Traditional Chinese Medicine: Medicine from Metaphor
Traditional Chinese medicine grounds its philosophy in the parallels between the human body and the natural world. Explore its basic elements with Groupon’s guide.
When practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine look at a patient, they see the world. The four seasons, the eight basic principles of nature (cold and hot, interior and exterior, empty and full, and yin and yang), the five elements (earth, fire, water, wood, and metal)—all are reflected in the body. In this almost poetic system of mapping, the heart, spleen, lung, liver, and kidneys represent the five elements, and just as an imbalance of fire or water can cause drought or flood on earth, so can energy imbalances among the five vital organs disrupt human health. In the traditional Chinese approach, a practitioner’s job is to identify which organ is causing imbalance and restore proper energy flow, or chi.