Wisdom of Wellness

The “Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon” (黄帝内经) is the oldest text of traditional Chinese medicine. Though compiled more than 2,300 years ago, this ancient Chinese scrutiny of the causes and treatments of disease offers valuable advice and practical methods still valid in contemporary life. This column, written by veteran journalist Zhang Ciyun, provides insight into the basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine. May you find in its wisdom ways to protect and improve your health.
The “Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon” (黄帝内经) is the oldest text of traditional Chinese medicine. Though compiled more than 2,300 years ago, this ancient Chinese scrutiny of the causes and treatments of disease offers valuable advice and practical methods still valid in contemporary life. This column, written by veteran journalist Zhang Ciyun, provides insight into the basic concepts of traditional Chinese medicine. May you find in its wisdom ways to protect and improve your health.
Ancient advice on the best way to treat disease? Nip it in the bud - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient advice on the best way to treat disease? Nip it in the bud

Traditional Chinese medicine advises people to take steps to maintain good health to prevent the onset of illness.
You are what you eat: Traditional Chinese medicine outlines a healthy diet - Art & Culture in China
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You are what you eat: Traditional Chinese medicine outlines a healthy diet

Eating and drinking in moderation are prescribed as the way to maintain well-being and live to a ripe old age.
Want to be healthier and dispel harmful emotions? Laugh more! - Art & Culture in China
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Want to be healthier and dispel harmful emotions? Laugh more!

Traditional Chinese medicine has long linked our emotional states with physical health. To preserve well-being, a smile goes a long way.
Maintaining good health is clockwork in traditional Chinese medicine - Art & Culture in China
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Maintaining good health is clockwork in traditional Chinese medicine

The day is divided into 12 two-hour segments corresponding to body organs. To maintain well-being, it’s best to adjust your daily schedule to your body clock.
'Unity of heaven and man' a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine - Art & Culture in China
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'Unity of heaven and man' a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine

Ancient Chinese philosophies tie humans, heaven and earth together in a harmony of life that needs balance to best survive.
When a body organ is more than just a stand-alone function of anatomy - Art & Culture in China
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When a body organ is more than just a stand-alone function of anatomy

The holistic approach of traditional Chinese medicine views organs as part of a complex, interactive system that requires treating causes as well as symptoms.
In traditional medicine, the concept of vital pathways determines treatment - Art & Culture in China
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In traditional medicine, the concept of vital pathways determines treatment

The theory of meridians and collaterals forms a network linking tissues and organs into one organic whole.
'Three treasures' in the human body determine quality and length of life - Art & Culture in China
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'Three treasures' in the human body determine quality and length of life

Jing, Qi and Shen are the crux of traditional Chinese medicine. When healthy and strong, they make the human body “click.”
The fundamental concepts that underpin traditional Chinese medicine - Art & Culture in China
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The fundamental concepts that underpin traditional Chinese medicine

Yin and Yang, the Five Elements and Qi form the basis of detecting and treating disease, but also extend into many areas of life, including naming children.
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