One philosophy of Chinese medicine sees each human being as a world in miniature, or a garden in which practitioner and patient strive together to cultivate health. Each individual is unique terrain to be mapped and developed; a resilient, yet delicate ecology maintained through combined effort and various approaches.

But what is Chinese medicine?

Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that has successfully diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for thousands of years. This system is based on an energetic model, in comparison to the biochemical model of Western medicine. The measurable flow of energy throughout the body is an important part of regulating and maintaining the other systems, including the skeleton, muscles, joints, internal organs, and brain function. The approach of Chinese medicine is to develop and maintain a balance of the bioelectric systems which stimulate and control this flow of energy.

Physical, emotional and stress related traumas, sometimes subconscious, disrupt the internal balance of the body.

Once an imbalance has occurred, the practitioner of Chinese medicine applies several modalities to correct the problem, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, diet and movement therapy including correct moo doe movement.

Acupuncture and herbs may rapidly alleviate many ailments, while some chronic conditions which have developed over time can be remedied only through slow, steady progress. Once patient and physician working together have corrected the imbalance, it is of the utmost importance that the individuals involved take steps to maintain the balance. Correct moo doe movements, such as the main hyung forms of Chung Moo Doe, have been developed over the centuries to maintain balance and improve health in all systems of the body, including the energetic systems which are the foundation of Chinese medicine.

I cannot overstate the importance of developing and maintaining a regular practice schedule to prevent illness and promote health. In my years of studying, practicing and teaching Chinese medicine, I have seen much suffering that could have been prevented through correct moo doe practice. As I work with individuals to recover health, I always recommend that they find a qualified instructor of correct martial arts movement, such as Chung Moo Doe hyung, to help foster good health and avoid further suffering.

An important approach of correct moo doe practice, which is directly related to the principles of Chinese medicine, is that individuals have the power to prevent and cure the conditions that afflict the internal and external systems of the body and mind. Chung Moo Doe movements and qualified instruction can tap into that power, and help keep it flowing as a source of mental and physical health for a lifetime.

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