The spread-over of the Viscera Theory is linear most of the time, which is mainly divided into two phases- ‘liver deficiency’ and ‘liver repletion’, both of which spread via the route of “liver–>spleen–>kidney–>heart–>lung”, hence the starting point of all viscera diseases is the liver, in other words, the source of all viscera diseases is the liver disease.
Treatment for liver deficiency and liver repletion is similar, but the former is much simpler. In fact, all diseases, when developed to the phase of liver repletion, are extremely difficult to treat.
This article is based on the content of “Deciphering TCM” by Tongmei Pan; the original book was written in Chinese.
Application of treatment according to syndrome differentiation is another characteristic of traditional Chinese medicine. “syndrome differentiation” means to analyze disease condition in order to find out its essentials, to identify the causative fact, location and nature, and to obtain conclusions about the confrontation between pathogenic and antipathogenic factors.
In traditional Chinese medicine, differentiation must be performed to outline the specific principles and methods of treatment because similar diseases may have different clinical manifestations, while different diseases may share the same syndromes. Treatment in traditional Chinese medicine stresses the differences of syndromes, but not the differences of diseases. Therefore different treatments for the same disease exist and different diseases can be treated by the similar medical analogy.
Not only is the human body an organic whole (or you can also think of it as a black box), but it is also an entity able to unify with mother nature. In other words, changes in the natural environment may directly or indirectly affect the body. For example, changes of the four seasons, and the alternations of day and night may change the functional condition of the human body, while various geographical environments can influence differences in physique, and so on. These factors must also be considered when diagnosis and treatment are given because the body can react differently during different seasons. The principles of treatment are therefore expected to accord with the different seasons and environments.
Why no antibiotics should be taken upon catching of cold?
Because taking antibiotics often result in ‘driving of chilliness into deep inside the body’, instead of driving it out of the body. This can make common cold easily transform to ShaoYang disease, which without proper treatment would evolve into thousands unexpected diseases in the future.