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Articles about the philosophical, social, and political state of classical Chinese medicine.

Chinese Medicine In Crisis: Science, Politics, and the Making of “TCM”

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BY HEINER FRUEHAUF
National University of Natural Medicine,
College of Classical Chinese Medicine


This article is based on the conviction that the traditional art of Oriental medicine is dying—both in mainland China, home of the mother trunk of the field, and consequently overseas where branches of the tree are trying to grow. It may be an anachronistic piece, written at a time when TCM administrators around the world are celebrating major advances in the field, such as increasing numbers of students, practitioners, patients, colleges, universities, and hospitals, which all appear to reflect a booming state of Oriental medicine.

GERMAN TRANSLATION BY SEPP LEEB

On the Relationship Between Medicine and Philosophy

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BY ZHANG XICHUN
(1860-1933)

TRANSLATED AND INTRODUCED BY HEINER FRUEHAUF

Zhang Xichun (1860-1933) is one of China's great scholar-physicians. He is primarily remembered for his prominent role in spearheading the early movement of Chinese-Western medicine integration during the first three decades of this century. The depth of his knowledge and the broad range of his activities, moreover, distinguish him as one of the last of the classical cast of renaissance physicians..

GERMAN TRANSLATION BY MARKUS GOEKE

Excerpts from Sikao Zhongyi (Contemplating Chinese Medicine)

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BY LIU LIHONG
Institute for the Research and Preservation of Classical Chinese Medicine; Guangxi University of TCM

TRANSLATED BY TAN WEIWU AND ERIN MORELAND

It is imperative that we ask the following questions: Does the Chinese medicine we see today, that we know of today, reflect what Chinese medicine truly is? Does the level of competence of doctors working in various Chinese medicine institutions today reflect the actual potential of Chinese medicine? And just what is this potential? Where do the apexes of Chinese medicine lie? Were they attained in ancient times or in recent times?

Chinese Medicine In Crisis: A Letter From An Intern At A Mainland TCM College Hospital

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AUTHOR UNKNOWN

TRANSLATED BY HEINER FRUEHAUF

This letter, which first appeared in Ziran liaofa (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy), offers an account of a Chinese medicine student who was discouraged by his Chinese teachers' predilection for Western medicine over Chinese medicine.

Preface to ‘Chinese Medicine: Philosophical Views on the Profession’

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BY MAO JIALING
Editor, Chinese Agency for Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology News

TRANSLATED BY HEINER FRUEHAUF

How dramatically time has passed for the profession of Chinese medicine! On one hand, we have the glories of the past and the prospects of the future, while on the other we have the sobering reality of the present. The field of Chinese medicine is currently undergoing a relentless assault by the technological culture of Western science, casting it into alternating states of pain and exhilaration. In the process of modernization we may have managed to dress up our field in contemporary attire, but what a heavy price we had to pay: the constant pain and discomfort as we see ourselves violate the foundational tenets of Chinese medicine every day, and most importantly, as we witness the vanishing of its soul, its spirit.

Proposing a Renaissance of Chinese Medicine

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BY LI ZHICHONG
Academy of Chinese Medicine, China

TRANSLATED BY NATHAN GARRETTSON

The latter half of the 19th century up and through the 20th century has been a time of great political, economic, cultural, and scientific transformation in China. Chinese Medicine, as a shining gem of traditional science and culture has undergone many assaults, which has led to the field sinking into a sort of quagmire, and it has had to fight bitterly for its own survival. This course of events has come to be called the “Hundred Years of Perplexity.” In the last twenty years, through serious contemplation and reflection on its causes we have become more and more clear how the course of history has chained the study of Chinese Medicine to these complex shackles.

Cultivating the Flow: A Concept Of Evolutive Well-Being that Integrates the Classic Traditions and Quantum Science

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BY HEINER FRUEHAUF
National University of Natural Medicine,
College of Classical Chinese Medicine


Approaching the end of the 20th century, we are confronted with a number of fundamental issues regarding the quality, if not the general purpose, of human existence. One of them is the gradual demise of the Western-scientific health care system, which has fostered a revival of the age-old discussion about the nature of health, illness, and well-being. In the process of developing alternative approaches to healing, holistic medical discourse has consistently emphasized the “diseased” quality of illness and its therapeutic implications, i.e. the consequent restoration and maintenance of “ease.” However, definitions of the ease state often fail to go much beyond the biochemical aspects of well-being, and thus end up being classified according to the same parameters they were trying to overcome.

Letter to the Editor Regarding Feng Shui

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BY HEINER FRUEHAUF
National University of Natural Medicine,
College of Classical Chinese Medicine


A letter to the NCCAOM regarding the notion that feng shui should be included in Oriental Medicine curricula.

"Both the term and the concept of Feng Shui appear frequently in classical Chinese texts that traditionally were considered to have an intimate relationship to the practice of medicine. Feng (wind) stands for movement and thus the dispersing influences in nature, while Shui (water) symbolizes the palpable aspects of reality and thus the congealing effects in nature. Feng Shui, therefore, is the familiar concept of movement and stillness, matter and non-matter, and qi and blood applied specifically to the realm of the earth. "

Holistic Science Bibliography

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COMPILED BY HEINER FRUEHAUF
National University of Natural Medicine,
College of Classical Chinese Medicine


Heiner Fruehauf shares an eclectic bibliography of sources that bridge the gap between modern empirical science, quantum physics, Eastern mystical knowledge of the body, and biological systems science and the body. From Fritjof Capra's Tao of Physics and Joseph Needham's work, to David Bohm's work and Michael Talbot's The Holographic Universe, there are a variety of volumes in this list of citations which serve for a strong foundation for understanding the holographic nature of Chinese medicine.

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