History of alternative medicine, over 5000 years tradition

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History of alternative medicine takes us back to some several thousand years ago.

Through centuries we tried to make sense of ourselves and the world around us. We looked at the nature and tried to find clues why certain phenomena, like death, life, illness occurred. We inspected the world where we lived and how it affected us. Leant, experimented and found answers to some questions. Once found, cherished, preserved, developed and brought up to date.

We tried, tested, found healing methods and formed first medical science. Traditional medicines of the ancient civilizations, such as Indian, Chinese, Western, have their own origins, although share significant similarities, particularly in their recognition of the basic natural elements: air, earth, fire, water, and how they relate to health or illnesses.

Chinese developed a medicine based on their own observations and the world around them. History of the Traditional Chinese medicine started over 5000 years ago, and considers the nature and human as energy, yin and yang – complementary opposites. Chinese related health and illness to the basic element: fire, water, earth, metal (air), and wood – the symbol of growth.

In India too over 5000 years back wise and seers meditated in the caves on the essence of life, and found answers of the aspects of life, through meditation, prayer, diet and exercise. That is when

Ayurvedic medicine was born. They too related health and illness to the basic elements: fire, water, air, and space or ether – the spiritual aspect.

The Western world found a holistic medicine, which was also concerned with the basic elements in life. Ancient Greek philosopher, and doctor, Hippocrates, founder of the Western Medicine, made his observations on human temperament, body type and their relation to the four elements: fire, water, earth and water. The harmony between the four was a healthy life and the absence meant death. Other Hippocrates concepts include Nutrition, Message, Spiritual healing and Germ theory.

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