By Sophia Tang
Are you really healthy? What are the health indexes in Chinese medicine
Chinese medicine sees our body as a reflection of this universe and sees
the material world as consisting of the five elements of wood, fire,
earth, metal, and water. In the human body, each organ is attributed to
one of these five elements. Each of the five elements has a supporting
and controlling relationship with each other. Chinese medicine also
treats the human body as a network system. This network system is
constructed of 12 major meridians or channels that connect directly to
365 major acupuncture points. Everything in our body is connected with
those meridian channels including the organs such as liver, heart,
spleen, lung, kidney, gall bladder, intestines, etc. Different types of
energy such as Qi, blood, essence (Jing), and body fluids flow through
our meridian channels and nourish the whole body system including all
our organs. If the flowing of each meridian channel is vibrated at its
optimal frequency without any disturbance and blockage, every organ has
a harmonious supporting and controlling relationship with each other,
and there is no deficient or excess energy within our body, we should be
Because Chinese medicine physiology is based on a type of theory that is
totally different from Western medicine, it stands to reason that the
health indexes based on Chinese medicine are also completely difference
from Western medicine.
I will give you an example. If a person is always feeling chilled along
with cold hands and feet, the diagnosis from Chinese medicine would
likely be Heart Yang deficiency. The Heart has the fire attribute in the
five elements system. It is like the sunshine that warms our body. Yang
energy represents functional energy. Without enough functional Yang
energy, the heart cannot carry its normal function to pump out blood
with enough pressure, speed, and temperature. The result of this is poor
circulation in our body. The body extremities will be cold because the
heart is lacking of functional energy and it cannot do its job. Thus, it
is easier for the body to accumulate garbage and become susceptible to
tumor growths for people with this type of physical constitution.
If this same person goes to a Western doctor due to chronic fatigue
syndrome and frequent urination, but gets “normal” lab test numbers and
examination from the doctor, the doctor would tell that person that
his/her physical health is fine. However, if this person sees an
authentic Chinese medicine physician, he/she would definitely know what
is going on with this person's health and can even foresee what physical
conditions may manifest in the future. The healer will then tune up this
person with acupuncture, herbal medicine, or some other healing
modality. This will prevent these physical symptoms from manifesting
into a serious disease.
There are examinations used by Chinese medical healers to check if a
person is healthy. These examinations include visual inspection of the
tongue, eyes, and other parts of the body; smelling, questioning, and
pulse taking. Traditional Chinese medicine healers do not rely on a
disease name and laboratory tests to tell you if you are healthy or not.
If you would like to know if you are healthy or not, below are health
indexes Chinese medical healers use to gauge health. If you meet these
criteria without any uncomfortable symptoms in your body, then you are
physically healthy from the view of the Chinese medicine system. If not,
you should see a traditional Chinese medicine healer to get an
examination and to tune up your body, so your body will be back to the
balance and meet these criteria of these health indexes according to
Chinese medicine physiology.
Health indexes in Traditional Classical Chinese medicine system:
- Normal appetite. Food tastes good. You get normal hungry feelings. Do
- Have a bowel movement everyday at the same time.
- Urinate 5-7 times during a day, 0-1 time during the night without
pain or difficulty.
- Have no problem falling asleep and can sleep throughout the night.
- Do not have any abnormal sweat or abnormal thirst during the day or
- Wake up with penile erection with the male and with sensitive breast
nipple with the female.
- Pain free.
- Have warm hands and feet and cool face.
- Have the energy level you desire.
- Woman has 28 days of menstrual cycle without uncomfortable feeling
Let me give you some examples about why meeting those criteria are
important for your health.
A person who is always feeling hungry and craving food. This is an
indication that there is too much heat in the digestion system, so the
digestion system is working too fast. This heat will impact nearby
organs such as pancreas. Once the pancreas is not functioning normally,
it is possible that diabetes may manifest in the future.
A person always wakes up during 1-3 o’clock in the morning. There is
indication here that there is an imbalance in the Liver channel. This
imbalance could be something excessive growing in the liver or an energy
deficiency or a blockage in the Liver channel. If you tell a Western
doctor that you are waking up during this time, he/she may not be able
to tell you that there is anything wrong, especially if the examination
and the lab tests are fine. If this kind of symptom lasts for over two
years, you may be surprised to find that those same lab tests may now
tell you that something is wrong with the liver, which could be
something like growing tumors. If you saw a well-trained Traditional
Chinese medicine healer when this symptom began, he/she would definitely
know what the diagnosis is. He/she will then tune up the body to get it
back into balance so that imbalance will not manifest into a serious
health issue in the future.
All questions asked from a Traditional Chinese medicine healer are the
starting point for doing a good diagnosis. All symptoms showing in your
body are signs to tell the healer what is going on with your body. So be
sure to tell your Chinese medicine physician all symptoms you are having
no matter how strange it might sound.
Wise people know the prevention is the best medicine for their over all
health. The Traditional Classical Chinese medicine system is the most
complete medical system since the ancient times. It is the only system
that also includes prevention as part of overall treatment.