Imbued with Daoism and Buddhism, traditional Chinese medicine sees the human body as a system that operates in line with the universe around it.
Fed by the five climates of Heaven and the five elements of the Earth, man is entirely part of nature. Not only are you a part of the universe, but you are also a reflection of the universe.
Traditional Chinese medicine often associates humans as a miniature ecosystem. It underlines the similarity of the organism to that of nature: bony bumps as mountain reliefs, hair system as forests, and the circulatory system to rivers.
Even emotions are presented as climates: joy is comparable to good weather; sadness, to rain. In this vision, traditional Chinese medicine looks at the whole being, and not just the symptom.
Some see in those analogies a poetic dimension, with no true links to science or medicine. However, just as a child resembles his parents, it is logical that mankind bears some resemblance to mother nature.
So it’s not just poetry, but the essence of the traditional Chinese vision of human beings.
Each of us can be a “little universe,” right?