As a qualified modern Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner, I am like every other TCM practitioners loving the idea of chemical free healing. But I could not accept that we can only copy ancient formulas without knowing how the ancient formulas were created, especially when the formulas do not provide an effective result, with no reasoning system, we can do nothing but hand over the patient to the biomedical practitioners.
As early as I was at university studying TCM, I have become frustrated while our teachers said that the ancient physicians formulated their treatment strategies through experience. I always thought that the ancient physicians had to have a reasoning system for their practices only our teachers at the university did not know. I have begun to search that system ever since my school time.
My finding has shocked me that not only the ancient physicians had a profound reasoning system which is completely different to TCM, and the TCM actually deliberately hides that reasoning system and acts as a barrier to prevent future learners to access to the ancient reasoning system.
The ancient Chinese reasoning system not only for healing but for all knowledge is the theory of yinyang wuxing. Yinyang wuxing theory today is banned from all formal educations in the world. For people who have studied Chinese medicine have all heard of the terms of yinyang wuxing such as cold is yin and hot is yang, wuxing is water, wood, fire, soil, and metal, but the theory of yinyang wuxing is about how yin and yang work together to sustain life and create water, wood, fire, soil, and metal, which is absolutely missing in today’s TCM education.
In China, students have been constantly reminded to have a scientific materialistic worldview, in the west, we are not emphasized to have a scientific worldview, because we don’t have other choices, so the spirit as the yang side of human life is brushed off completely in the TCM teaching. So I can say that TCM has no spirit and its body is doomed to decay. I am attacking TCM because it pretends to be the ancient Chinese healing (I call it yinyang wuxing yi), and when TCM dies, I wish yinyang wuxing yi tradition can be seen and be carried on.
I attack TCM to hope more TCM practitioners would retrain themselves to become a physician of yinyang wuxing yi. Because yinyang wuxing yi will give you the power to freely creating your own effective healing methods.