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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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Harmony, Not War

Harmony, Not War

94 Harmony, Not War
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) seemed reassuring to the Western nations. Among the accusations of those who despair of modern medicine, one finds dehumanization, antihumanism, detachment from the human, reduction to the inorganic. The loss of the center is also, above all, the loss of central meaning. In today's world, people want more than just reality. They want to know the origin of their illness. Modern medicine cannot offer that. TCM offers a center. It offers meaning. It rejects the inorganic and centers on the life force, qi. It links various complaints and traces them back to one central illness. This gives meaning to the illness and promises a return into the greater balance, without chemicals, without technology in diagnosis and therapy, without warfare or the certainty of collateral damages.

Keywords:   traditional Chinese medicine, Western nations, central meaning, origin, illness

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