Nathalie Xian Yi Yan, PhD from Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine has brought new perspective to San Jiao, one of the oldest academically-disputed subjects in TCM history. She fine-tuned the definition and pointed out that there are four functional phases of San Jiao that carry and transform the essence of substances and energy to perform biological functions. Work based on her clinical practice in Hamilton have added new insight into a guiding path the understanding of San Jiao, an unique ancient TCM model of how the body functions and becomes ill, providing a more proactive prevention protocol for health care.
Nathalie’s new insights into San Jiao (Triple Energizer) and San Jiao Qi Hua (Triple-Energizer Qi Transformation) theory were achieved through comprehensive study of classical TCM literature, techniques and clinic research. The ground-breaking research achieved positive outcomes broadened the treatment of more illnesses than typically treated by TCM including those related to the not only cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine and immune systems as well as dermatological, genitourinary, musculoskeletal and neurological problems, but also included in its treatment patients with many modern times disease and new spectrum illness like Lyme disease, epilepsy, anemia, arrhythmias, glaucoma and COPD, just name a few.
The basic principle of TCM is to bring the body into harmony with itself and in balance with the outer environment. It is a unique approach to health care, which examines every of each angles of a person’s health and how the body’s systems interrelate, complement, stimulate and correct each other.
In TCM, the body is seen as a complex and sophisticated interdependent system, which must function properly for mental, physical and spiritual health to be achieved and maintained. Imbalance and lack of integration of the different internal bodily systems and body environment interfaces are the root sources of all health related problems in the TCM philosophy.
TCM differs in its approach from western health care which tends to see disease coming from outside of the organism such as germs and viruses. In TCM, besides those perspectives, more diseases are observed as originating within the body through biological function degeneration or disorder. TCM maintains that the amelioration and cure of the problem is within the power of the body’s innate capacity, i.e. its original and acquired constitution, which can be strengthened through TCM techniques, more in areas of long-term disabilities and illnesses.
Although western medicine and TCM have the same general goal of health they approach it from different points, reflecting the different worldviews and philosophies of the cultures involved. TCM subsumes a time-proven tradition of thousands of years of knowledge about plants, animals and minerals and how to combine these to prevent and rectify common bodily disorders. Much of this valuable know-how is simply unknown or unacknowledged in the world of Western medicine.