Humans as a microcosm of the universe:
As opposed to Western Medicine, other cultural medicines view humans as a microcosm of the universe, postulating that the human body behaves according to the same natural laws that govern all living process. One of the core theories of Chinese philosophy and Chinese Medicine is that we humans are part of the natural world and the forces that control nature and its cyclic rhythms obviously influence us as well. Our bodies change with the season and are therefore more susceptible to different problems at different times of the year. Our needs are different depending on the season. For instance, to this day, most elder Chinese men and women drink their ginseng tonic during the winter months when the Kidney organ system needs supplementation.
Rhythmic circulation of Qi (Energy):
They had even articulated their version of circadian rhythms thousands of years ago. They talked about the rhythmic circulation of Qi (Energy), how there was an organized flow of this Energy thru-out the day and night from one organ system to the next and how the ebb and flow of this Qi corresponds with different symptoms that appear during the day. For instance, the “Stomach” and “Spleen” are at their peak function between 7 A.M.and 11 A.M. This would be the time for optimal digestion of nutrients. This correlates with what we know today about circadian rhythms and why eating a larger breakfast and lunch and a smaller dinner when digestive function is slowing down, is so crucial for restoring rhythm. Interestingly, the peak function of the Large Intestine is 5 A.M. to 7 A.M., just prior to this peak time for digestion. This suggests that the natural rhythm is to empty out the system in preparation for receiving. What is even more fascinating is that most asthma attacks in the 15 million adults and children in the United States with the disease occur between 3-5 A.M., the exact time the Chinese talk about the energy flowing thru the “Lungs”. It’s clear to me that the practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine discovered thousands of years ago what practitioners of Western medicine are only just beginning to understand today.