ABOUT CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Integrative Med Solutions® emphasizes the wholistic spirit of the classical teachings of Chinese Medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a clinical history of over 3000 years. It’s IMS’s intention to transmit the time-honoured science of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) as a highly sophisticated and deeply spiritual art form. CCM invites you to explore the essence of Oriental medicine from a perspective that goes far beyond the institutionalized phenomenon presently known as “TCM” (traditional Chinese medicine). Since the 1970s, the TCM process of packaging the multi-faceted roots of Chinese medicine into the sterile confines of a highly-standardized model has been eagerly absorbed by educational institutions in Europe and America, and is rapidly becoming the dominant face of Oriental medicine today. While TCM represents the recent marriage between local Chinese resources with the methodology of scientific materialism, CCM remains firmly committed to its ancient roots. CCM is a science in its own right, embedded in the mytho-poetic mode of observing and describing nature, which linked the spheres of macro and microcosm in ancient China, and became preserved in a set of works honoured as “the classics.” The primary distinguishing feature of CCM is thus its way of thinking–why and when and how does one chose to apply a therapeutic modality, rather than insisting that the use of acupuncture and herbs alone defines a practitioner of the traditional art of Chinese medicine.
The principles of CCM are most influenced by the following philosophy: There are observable principles of constant change that govern the Universe. Humans are necessarily part of this universe and cannot be separated from the universal process of change. Optimum health results from living harmoniously, allowing the spontaneous process of change to bring one closer to balance. If there is no change (stagnation), or too much change (catastrophism), balance is lost and illnesses can result. Everything is ultimately interconnected. And so wholistic (systemic or system-wide) approaches are best to addressing imbalances. Chinese medicine is primarily based on a philosophical model that holds the human body as a small universe with a complete set of sophisticated interconnected systems. These systems are in constant flux and exchange with its environment and all the interconnections naturally work in balance to maintain the healthy functioning of the body. Observation of intricate symptoms at such minute granularity requires heightened consciousness and acute eye for detail. According to one Chinese saying, a good doctor is also qualified to be a good prime minister in a country.
At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design a classical Chinese medicine program that works for you. In many cases, insurance covers portions of the treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health. To make an appointment or find out more about how a classical Chinese medicine program can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or Click Here to schedule an online appointment.