Chinese Natural Medicine was invented 40 years ago by the Founding Head of World Federation of Chinese Natural Therapy (Taiwan) and TCM practitioner Chou-Yi Chen with a group of experts from medicine and academy under a same cause.
Chinese Natural Medicine is based on humanity. To facilitate the rebirth of today’s medicine, technology is only a measure when it comes to clinical application. However, it is moderation and ethics that have to be addressed to and kept by people practicing medicine.
1. Attitude toward Natural Medicine
Natural medicine is in fact multi-disciplined. We could only discover its secrete by keeping an open mind.
2. Basic Pursuits in Life Recognized by Natural Medicine
Give birth smoothly and safely. Live strong and healthy longer. Age well and slowly. Get sick less and recover easily. Pass away in peace.
3. Concept Determines Your Health & Destiny
4. Summary of Chinese Naturopathic Practice
Combine Eastern and Western concept of medicine so ‘Health for All’ could be achieved.
Evidence-based, featuring the simplicity and effectiveness of its application.
First do no harm.
4.1. Human, a natural being, can not live by isolating oneself from the surrounding.
4.2. Human must live by humanities despite the advance of new science and technology and, more importantly, live with Nature.
4.3. All living beings have the right to live. Each organism must maintain a dynamic equilibrium to its inner and outer universe on a microscopic level, which includes all the microbes and viruses.
4.4. Each organism has its natural ability to cure, which is so powerful that we call it one’s innate vitality as in Greek medicatrix.
4.5. For most diseases, organism can cure itself.
4.6. Body and mind can not be separated as they affect each other in a reciprocal manner.
4.7. Disease is manifested as a dynamic interaction between positive and negative influence.
4.8. The main cause for disease (excluding genetic, external trauma and natural aging) is toxic build-up in the body and under activity or dysfunction of innate vitality.
4.9. When it comes to curing disease, physicians only support and work with the natural healing power of nature in the healing process.
5.1. Treat your patients like how you would like to be treated. Patient is your best teacher.
5.2. Learn and respect the rule of nature. Make good use of nature with love and care.
5.3. Be humble and emulate people who are wiser. Apply knowledge to a good cause; in addition, respect the unrevealed.
6. Primary criteria
Any measure used in natural medicine, regardless of its principle, method, formula, medicinal substance or diet, must comply with the idea “Adaptogen”, which means as follow.
6.1. Nontoxic: The substance or measure used must not cause any toxicity or adverse reaction.
6.2. Nonspecific: The action of the medicinal substance must be non-specific to any organs.
6.3. Normalization: The substance or measure used must help to normalize all the body function.
7.1. Take drug therapy as a last resort.
7.2. Treat the cause of disease, not the symptoms.
7.3. Take surgery as a last resort.
7.4. Food as medicine.
7.5. Simplicity is the best policy.
7.6. It is not necessary to refer patients to a hospital for testing if an illness could be treated in a clinic.
7.7. Kindness and wisdom are essential to a physician.
8. Fundamental Theories
8.1. Life phenomenon is the manifestation of the orderly interaction of matter, energy and message; message integratively adjusts the exchange of matter and energy.
8.2. Meridian theory in TCM is the fundamental components of Chinese Natural Medicine. Meridian, in fact, is a multi-layered conductive system transferring internal and external message and energy in a harmonious fashion.
8.3. Constitution refers to the comprehensive manifestation of all primary life functions (“Jing”, “Qi” and “Shen” ) in an organism, which includes:
8.3.1 DNA；Genetics 8.3.2 The amount and strength of Potential Enzyme in an organism 8.3.3 Symbiosis of micro-organism and organism itself 8.3.4 Amount of fluid in the body and how effective the fluid could be excreted; 8.3.5 The state of oxygenation in the body; 8.3.6 Personal outlook towards life and personal habits 8.3.7 Amount of toxin accumulation in the body and how effective an organism could eliminate it; 8.3.8 External environment; 8.3.9 Others.
8.4 Health is determined by the harmony of organism’s psychological, physiological, structural and external environmental states.
8.5 Principles: autonomic adjustability, holistic-dynamic harmony and historic origin and evolution.
8.6 Pathology: the dysfunctional internal and external circulation and exchange of substance, energy and message may set off the on-set of a disease.
8.7 Diagnosis: subjective (insight and mindfulness) and objective (TCM diagnostic techniques) diagnosis with some biomedical testing
8.8 Therapy: assists organism in recovering the normal internal and external exchange and dynamic balance of matter, energy and message through supporting the self-adjusting function (medicatrix) and promoting the elimination of visible or invisible toxins from the organism
8.9 Medical model: first maintaining good health, exercise the second and treatment the third - the tripod of an integral health care system
8.10 Scope of practice: health maintaining, disease prevention, reverse of chronic diseases (non-communicable diseases) and complementary therapy in communicable diseases
9. Definition of Chinese Natural Medicine
9.1 Abide by the definition set by World Health Organization (WHO) in the Constitution of the World Health Organization in July 22nd, 1946,' Health is a state of complete physical, mental, moral and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.'
9.2 Disease is a dynamic manifestation of body's yin-yang imbalance. In other words, disease is body’s self-healing power dealing with external and internal pathogenic factors and initiating self-detoxification.
9.3 Etiology defined by Chinese Natural Medicine No matter what form a disease takes, it is stemmed from accumulation of internal and external toxin, sluggish clearance of toxic waste and disorder of body function.
9.4 Pathogenesis defined by Chinese Natural Medicine Toxin accumulation will disturb the circulation and exchange of matter, energy and message, leading to disorder or damage of body function.
9.5 Toxin defined by Chinese Natural Medicine Visible or invisible external and internal factors causing negative influence or damage to normal functioning of an organism are all viewed as toxin.
9.6 Medicine defined by Chinese Natural Medicine Medicine in terms of Chinese Natural Medicine has to be non-toxic, broad-spectrum, and could promote the normalization of body functions, which may be generally termed ‘Adaptogen.’
9.7 Therapy defined by Chinese Natural Medicine Therapy is to assist the medicatrix in the elimination of etiological and pathogenic factors so disease is prevented in the first place.
9.8 Therapeutic effect defined by Chinese Natural Medicine Treat the cause of disease, not the symptoms. Treating symptoms should come secondary to treating the cause.
9.9 Recovery defined by Chinese Natural Medicine Assist organism in making full recovery on its structure and function without any adverse reaction or complication.
Therefore, definition of Chinese Natural Medicine is on the premise of not harming the organism and the philosophy of moderation, any measure to be recognized as Chinese Natural Medicine must meet the criteria that it could assist in the reverse of disease or maintenance of health; its principle and practice, formula, medicinal substance, acupuncture point, diet or technique could be systematically theorized and applied in clinical setting.
Promote natural medicine to the public through education. Form a natural medicine college emphasizing both principles and practices in Asia.
To develop a complete professional education in natural medicine, a systematic education system integrating the philosophy of natural medicine traditionally followed in the West should be developed in Asia first. Therefore, examination, legislation and registration could be established accordingly; the practice of natural medicine could be more evidence-based and professional.
Since the beginning of 21st century, climate change, natural disasters, energy and food shortage have hit several countries worldwide; all kinds of acute and chronic diseases have been rampant causing enormous stress to governments, healthcare systems and the public around the world. Deeply inside, people feel our environment has been pushed to a point that nature could no longer bear with and we are faced to a more drastic environmental change.
Chronic diseases are now a global threat to human health and it is the major cause of death worldwide. This is a war without guns and its damage is beyond our estimation.
In October 2009, World Health Organization (WHO) reported 60 million people die globally every year and behind this figure 65% is due to chronic diseases, negatively impacting the world economy. From 2005 to 2015, an estimated accumulative loss of $558 billion U.S. dollars in China, $236 billion U.S. dollars in India, and $303 billion U.S. dollars in the Russia would be caused by chronic diseases. In the U.S., 17 million people die annually from chronic illnesses, accounting for 70% of the total death. The major seven chronic ailments results in $1.3 trillion U.S. dollars loss in economy in the U.S. every year. The U.S. government’s annual expense on medicine takes up 16% of its gross domestic product (GDP). $2.0 trillion U.S. dollars is spent yearly on medicine, chronic ailments explaining for 75% of it. The inflated medical expense has triggered global medical crisis, forcing people re-evaluating the purposes and key values of medicine.
In November 1996, WHO pointed out in a report “Today’s medicine is creating a global atmosphere of injustice and unaffordability and a lot of countries have been pushed to its limit.” Richard H. Carmona (M.D., M.P.H., FACS) in 2007 said “Disease-based medicine has reached to its end. We need health-centered natural medicine to enhance health and prevent diseases.”
In China, over 90 million people are obese and 200 million people are overweight. Experts predict more than 200 million people will become obese in China within 10 years. Obesity will be the direct contributing factor to hypertension, hyperlipidemia, high blood sugar, fatty liver, high blood uric acid, cardiovascular diseases and even cancers. According to China Health Statistics Yearbook 2007, Ministry of Health, P.R.C., the top three major causes of death to people living in metropolitans in 2006 are malignant cancers, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and cerebrovascular accident (CVA).
Among all non-communicable diseases, CVD is the first cause of death worldwide, accounting for 39% total death in 2005; the second cause is malignant cancers and chronic pulmonary diseases. Cancers gradually claim lives around the globe. For the time being, approximately 7 million people die from cancers every year. By 2020, an estimated 30 million people would be diagnosed with cancers, which may lead to around 10 million deaths every year. From this trend, an estimated annual increase in cancers diagnosed would be 16 million, 60% cases occurring in under developed area.
In China, 1.52 million people are diagnosed with malignant tumor annually; in addition, 1.05 million, accounting for 15% of total death, die from this illness. Many people have friends or relatives battling with cancers or even losing their lives due to malignancy.
Life and economy loss caused by cancers is far beyond imagination for China.
In Malaysia, from 1996 to 2006 the incidence of diabetes had been almost doubled from 8.3% to 14.7%; the incidence of hypertension had risen from 33% to 43%. Nowadays, approximately 1.7 million Malaysian aged over 18 are overweight or obese.
By 2015, at least 14 million people in Malaysia would be diagnosed with one of the following chronic diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, kidney diseases and cancers. A similar trend could be observed worldwide.
Early in July 22nd, 1946, World Health Organization in the Constitution of the World Health Organization defined health as follow: Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. To promote the integral health of all human beings on the basis of the above definition, it is necessary for us to put aside the mechanic point of view of the Allopathic medicine and figure out a way to fuse various natural philosophies and humanities passed down from assorted Eastern and Western medical traditions so a new medical concept could flourish.
The following declaration is made to summarize what has been addressed in this Forum.
1. Naturopathy is one of the four major curing-healing methods (allopathy, homeopathy, naturopathy and traditional-folk medicine) recognized by W.H.O.
The basic principle of naturopathy is “Everything in moderation” and “Bodily health is based on mental & spiritual health.”
3. Hygiene as a core. Treatment measures vary.
Hygiene is the core and origin of Natural Medicine which emphasizes maintaining our health through a good lifestyle, which is the principle of Chinese Natural Medicine as well; measures used in treating diseases in naturopathy are vary.
4. Care-free of Body & Mind
By applying naturopathy, and moving from curing to healing, the 3Cs to 0C (cure, care, console and carefree) notion has to be emphasized. 0C represents the utopian state of health defined by W.H.O.
5. First, do no harm
“Medicatrix,” also known as “self healing capacity” and “Prima non nocere” or “first, do no harm” are two important guidelines for practitioners in dealing with patients. Moreover, it is crucial that we maintain an attitude of modesty. Always remember the great French surgeon Ambroise Pare’s (1510-1590) motto: “Je le pansay et Dieu le guarit - I dressed him and God healed him.”
6. A.P.H., the state pursuit by practitioners
The letters A.P.H. can be interpreted as:
A: ace, the supreme P: peace H: health, happiness, hope (the 3Hs) and humble
7. Gather under a common interest
This Forum embraces the attitudes of “humility and modesty”. Experts specializing in either Eastern or Western medicine or both and natural medicine come together under a same cause - pursuit of improving people’s life, living, livelihood, productivity and the ecology of the environment and ultimately achieving the goal “Health for All.”
8. Medical freedom and the right to refuse ineffective and pain-lasting standard medical procedure such as CPR are basic human right.
9. Policies and legislations
Policies and legislations should be developed according to an integral theory base so obstacles in promotion could be removed and the practice of natural medicine and naturopathy could be facilitated. To make Chinese Natural Medicine clear to the public, relevant education, training systems, certification of qualified personnel and products (safety & quality) and etc. should all be implemented.
Welcome you all and related groups, organizations and individual in the natural medicine industry participating this Forum. Let us look forward to a better future for Chinese Natural Medicine.