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Wisdom of the Ancient Orient The structure of the Canadian health care system is an ever-changing institution which tries desperately to match the care they provide with the values they hold true Health care providers have begun to take a holistic approach to care trying to ensure an individuals health not only physical but emotional psychological and interpersonal The technology quality and availability of care are at its highest levels ever yet people are still unsatisfied with the current system If the problem isnt with the availability and quality of health care then where does it lie Medical practitioners have applied their holistic philosophy in all areas of health care except the actual treatments themselves They are treating a disease or illness as something which must be treated and cured rather than something which one must strive to prevent The act of treating a disease or an illness in traditional Chinese medical practice is like digging a trench long after the battle has begun Oriental medical practices are founded on the philosophy of yin and yang which emphasises the importance of universal balance and harmony Their method of treatment is a truly holistic one in that the idea of healthy living is deeply embedded into every aspect of their culture through this philosophy and through the long medical history of the Chinese people Oriental medicine prescribes a continuous intake of the proper nutrients through herbal use to regulate the bodies internal yin and yang creating a harmonic balance of mind body and soul The origin of Chinese medicine is traditionally associated with three legendary Emperors Fu Hsi Shen Nung and Huang Ti Fu Hsi became Emperor in 2852 bc He is said to be responsible for the most profound accomplishment in the history of China the text I Ching Thought to be the oldest book in Chinese history it contains the foundations of all Chinese philosophy in the doctrine of yin and yang
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