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Feng Shui and Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Michael R. Matthews
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Part of the Science: Philosophy, History and Education book series (SPHE)

Abstract

The defining basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is identification and mastery of chi and hence the enabling of the balance of the vital yin and yang ‘forces’ inside the body. TCM considers sickness or pain to be a result of chi blockage and/or unbalanced chi in the body. All TCM therapies – herbal concoctions, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, diet, and qigong - are based on this fundamental philosophy and perspective. The evidence for efficacy of acupuncture, much less for any inference to the yin-yang balance, or chi movement, as the cause of any such efficacy, is problematic. Where there are beneficial outcomes – pain relief, relaxation, stress reduction, and so on – many are shown to be placebo effects, psychosomatic effects, the result of standard biochemical processes, and so on. For each class of outcomes, the naturalist response is to look for scientifically established causal explanations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael R. Matthews
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  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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