Monica Bloch Kaderali, M.S., L.Ac.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine
Monica Bloch Kaderali, M.S., L.Ac.

According to traditional Chinese thought, philosophy, art and science are based on the fundamental idea that everything is interconnected.  The human body is no exception.  Every bodily function, from breathing to sleeping, is the result of a miraculous synergy of every one of our cells.  Because of this, changes in oneís physical condition will inevitably lead to changes in thoughts and emotions as well. The reverse is also true, that certain beliefs and emotions bring about physical change.  This is why many people suffering from chronic pain are clinically depressed. 

One of the most common examples of the mind/body connection is the correlation between stomach ulcers and stress.  For millennia the Chinese have understood this mind/body disease component, but it wasnít until 1980 that the National Institute of Health agreed that stress is the culprit for the majority of disease.  In contrast, there are numerous cases of even the most dire of prognoses being overturned by a strong belief system.  A famous example of this is Dr. Norman Cousins, who cured himself of a spine condition called ankylosing spondylitis by watching movies that made him laugh.  Thus the human body, mind and spirit are considered an interconnected organism with virtually every process affecting all other process.

The ancient Chinese Taoists made simple observations describing both their external and internal environments, creating insightful analogies many years before autopsies and lab work (external environments) were constructed as effective diagnostic toolsIf it was wind that caused the branches of a tree to shake, then it was postulated that internal wind was what caused tremors in individuals who suffered from such diseases as Parkinsonís or epilepsy.  Similarly, it was realized that if heat and dryness caused the cracking and drying of the earth, then heat and dryness must also cause the cracking and drying of the skin.  This observation and awareness of the environment created the basis of TCM disease theory.

 

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Monica Bloch Kaderali, M.S., L.Ac.
Santa Barbara, CA

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