Chinese Medicine is a deep and intricate art that has been practiced for thousands of years. Throughout its history, there have been many famous physicians who have advanced and grown its capacity to help people. We are indebted to the man famous practitioners and teachers who devoted their lives to contribute to its long history. Without these contributions, we would never have the knowledge and skills, techniques and literature to practice and further develop this medicine today.
Sun Si-Miao, a Chinese Medicine physician, during the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) wrote the following beautiful advice and it serves to emphasize the art, science, and honesty aspects of the medicine we practice here. It is a useful code for practitioners of any form of medicine…
A Guide to Medical Workers: “The Golden Principle”
When people come to you with a serious disease and ask for help, you cannot concern yourself with whether they are esteemed or dishonorable, wealthy or poor, elderly or young, beautiful or ugly. Your care must be safe, and not swayed by whether they are your dearest family member or your adversary, your good friend or a stranger, American or foreigner, foolish or wise. In your mind’s eye each patient is on the same level, degree and class, and is treated as close as family. Your care must never by self-serving or motivated by what brings good for bad fortune, or by that which is pleasing or upsetting. Your protection and care should be precisely what is necessary: no more, no less, without deference to your own safety and life. Know, in your heart, that your good deeds are sincere and not a game. Show courage but caution. Actively explore and broaden your knowledge but stand firmly on the principles of which you are certain.
Chinese Medicine is not a “cure-all”, but it is an effective, adaptable medicine that when used properly can treat any number of conditions. There is a responsibility on the practitioner’s part to listen closely to the patient and use all their skills to devise appropriate treatments.
There is also a responsibility on the patient’s part to involve themselves in their own health and wellbeing. By making dietary, lifestyle, and mental changes, patients can greatly improve their health and live a more full and vibrant life.
In the Smiling Body clinic, we hope all our patients that you will not just be free from illness, but that you will learn to lead vibrant lives that enable you to grow stronger mentally and physically throughout your years.
I have also included with this article some famous sayings by Sun Si-Miao. Like all famous sayings that survive time and scrutinization and critique over history, I would advise to read with an open mind and accepting heart.
Sun Si Miao Quotes:
“Medicine is intention. Those who are proficient at using intention are good doctors.” ~ Sun Si Miao
“First, modify the patient’s diet and lifestyle and only then, if these do not effect a cure, treat with medicinal herbs and acupuncture.” ~ Sun Si Miao
“Whenever a great physician treats disease, he has to be mentally calm and his nature firm. He should not give way to wishes and desires but must develop first a marked attitude of compassion.He should commit himself firmly to the willingness to take the effort to save every living creature.” ~ Sun Si Miao
“Doctors should first understand the cause of disease, then treat it with diet. Medicine should only be used if diet fails.” ~ Sun Si Miao
“Above all, I will keep an open heart. As I move on the right path I will receive great happiness as a reward without asking for anything in return.” ~ Sun Si Miao
Food is Medicine too!