ORIENTAL MEDICINE:
The World as A Garden, the Healer and Doctor as a Gardener
by Saki Lee

“Heaven, Earth and I are living together and all things and I form an inseparable unity.” – Chuang Tsu

The Oriental medical system, with its roots in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, uses imagery from nature to describe the body-mind-spirit connection, which change and evolve throughout our lives.
A human being is treated as a holistic system with constellations of subsystems and processes within it that generate, regulate, and store vital constituents necessary for optimal well-being. As all things are connected, whatever affects one part affects the whole, whether positively or adversely
The Oriental doctor or healer can be likened to someone who masters the art of gardening. Like a gardener, the healer gives support and nourishment where needed, observing and skilfully mediating between the inner and outer conditions of the human landscape and the environment.
Nature changes in cyclical patterns, as do people and their entire organisms. All living are governed by the same laws of change inherent in the universal processes of birth, growth, maturation, harvest and storage. These natural laws are always taken into account by the observant healer and gardener.
From the perspective of Oriental medicine, well-being is the ability of any organism to respond to a wide variety of stressors and challenges that insures harmony and balance. Illness signals a loss of adaptive ability which can easily progress to an unstable process of disharmonious relationships. The inability to cope with external pathogens toxins or environmental stressors, as well as internal stress and blockages in the free flow of emotions or energy can all contribute to disruptions in oneĀ“s well-being and health.
By attuning with the laws of nature, the Oriental traditions of spiritual and natural life science came into existence. This has been developed and refined as a complete medicinal system of healing that has been used successfully for over 2,500 years to restore and maintain physical, emotional and spiritual balance and well-being.
Thus, the Oriental doctor, like a gardener, carefully prepares the ground, plants good seeds and nutrition, waters the ground adequately, nourishes the roots, removes harmful weeds, insures that there is enough warmth and light, and gives attentive support to the interface between the human landscape, the environment and the cycles of natural change.