Chinese Traditional Medicine

Chinese Traditional Medicine is the treasure of the Chinese Nation and comes from the experience of thousands of years. The ancient Chinese Medicine incorporates also philosophies and the traditional culture.

The medical model of Chinese Traditional Medicine is:

BIOLOGY (human beings) – PSYCHOLOGY
– SOCIETY – ENVIRONMENT (nature)

There are four classic texts of Chinese Medicine:

1. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing 黄帝内经)

2. The Classics on Medical Problems (Nan Jing 難经)

3. The Treatise on Febrile and Miscellaneous Diseases (Shang Han Za Bing Lun 伤寒杂病论)

4. Shen Nong’s Herbal ( Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing 神农本草经)

Chinese Medicine Theory has several basic characteristics:

1. The Holistic Concept which consist of the view of the body as an organic whole, the relationship between humans and the nature and the relation between humans and the society.

2. The Motion Concept which sees the human life as contact change and motion.

3. The Treatment by Differentiation of Syndrome (study of disease)

THE THEORIES OF YIN & YANG AND 5 ELEMENT PHASES

The basics of the Chinese Traditional Medicine theories are the Yin & Yang (阴阳) Principles and the 5 Element Phases (五行).

The Yin & Yang theory is an ancient philosophical theory which explains the law of motion and change. It can be extrapolated to everything in the Universe. The human body is considered as a holistic organism of unity and opposites.

Organs & Tissues in the Human Body Position in the Human Body
YIN 5 Zhang organs, Meridians, Blood, Tendons, bones Lower body, Interior side, Abdomen, Inner side of limbs
YANG 6 Fu bowels, Collaterals, Qi, Skin, Hair Upper body, Exterior side, Back,
Outer side of limbs

The 5 Zhang (胀) Organs are: Heart, Lung, Spleen, Liver and Kidney. The function of these organs is: transformation, generation and storage of the essential substances such Qi, blood and Fluids. The 6 Fu (腹) organs are: Stomach, Gallbladder, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Bladder and San Jiao. The function of these organs is to pass and transform substances.

The illness in the body appears due to imbalances between Yin & Yang of the human body parts. The principles for restoring the health, is to regulate and restore the balance between Yin & Yang.

The 5 Elements Phases or the 5 Elements Theory refers to the cycle between categories of quality and relationship for the 5 phases: WOOD (木), FIRE (火), EARTH (土), METAL (金) and WATER (水). These phases are in constant motion and they are considered to build the Universe.

 

WHAT I CAN STUDY IN THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE

Chinese Medicine is very complex and to study this topic in depth, you will require enrolling in the University and studying full time for 5 years.

Topics you can study in the Temple are: History of CTM, Practical Applications of CTM, Yin &Yang Theory, 5 Elements Theory, 8 Parameters (Qi, Yin, Yang, Blood, excess, Deficiency, Hot, Cold), Nutrition Principles, Cooking Chinese Food, Cupping Theory & Practice, Gua Sha Theory & Practice, Acupuncture Basics, Moxibustion, Tuina Qigong, Tuina Massage, Zhang Fu Theory, Diagnostics Techniques, Herbology and Formulas.

Please be aware that if you join us at random time of the year, you will take part in the classes based on the curriculum. If you are interested in a particular topic please let us know in advance because some classes might not be possible to organize.

WE PREPARE MEDICAL PATCHES FOR KUNG FU INJURIES IN THE TEMPLE

During the year we prepare medical patches following recipes from Shaolin Temple which is more than 1200 years old. The patch is made of organic herbs with pain relief properties used for several injuries and disease such: sciatica, lower back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, gout, rheumatism, sprains, strains, muscle pain, Kung fu injuries and many more. Yunnan Province is the best place to collect specific herbs.

CAN I GET MEDICAL TREATMENTS WHILE I TRAIN

Yunnan Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Department work with two very good Hospitals of CTM where students are recommend to try if they have an illness which they could not find help in their countries.
One of the hospital is specialized in Herbal formulas which can help you health holistically your ailment. However you are strongly advised to drink the formula for more than one week for best results. In general the doctor will advise you how long you require the treatment.

The other hospital is specialized in Kung Fu & Sports injuries such: knee, lower back pain, joint pain, tendonitis, body out of alignment and many more. Please note that these medical treatments are not included in the Kung Fu training package fee.