The 7 Fundamental Pillars of TCM
The 7 Fundamental Pillars are part of the Chinese medical philosophy that teaches us how to preserve or regain our health. By rethinking our lifestyle and by transforming our habits, everyone is able to regain a much healthier condition.
If you are experiencing an illness, it is even more important to look into your lifestyle and habits. Indeed, it is essential to understand that to improve your strength and health, one has to modify the patterns or conditions that brought him into a state of weakness or sickness.
TCM philosophy suggests that each single Pillar should be the object of a deep and continuous study for whoever wants to understand who he is and how he can respect himself by taking care of his body and mind. By doing so, we can preserve our health and our strength.
Since knowledge has no limits, each Pillar can be studied and deepened for the entire life. In reality, there is always something that can be improved.
Part of the Chinese philosophy is to continuously seek for more knowledge and hopefully tend to gain wisdom one day.
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." (Confucius)
Since we need to start somewhere…… As a beginning, let me introduce the very basic but most important points for each of the Pillar. Keep in mind that this is a very good start, but isn’t sufficient by itself. All of us will need to go deeper.
The traditional texts of Chinese medicine insist on the importance of these 7 Pillars to maintain a healthy body and mind. It requires time, curiosity, study and patience. Focusing on the changing of your habits step by step. It is a way of becoming aware of what is essential for anyone who wishes to find harmony and inner peace.
Keep in mind that it is the little habits that are important. Your daily rituals are key. You are your habits. It is therefore important to take the time to get rid of the bad ones and improve the correct ones.
Regarding the current situation and state of our planet, I personally believe that nowadays, we could add a new Pillar: "Learn how to recycle and protect our environment". Protecting our planet and the Nature, is protecting our Origin of life. Today, this is a main concern for health and well-being.
"Change your attitude, and that will change your life"
Written by Cedric Mallants / Acupunctuur en Traditionele Chinese Geneeskunde therapist
Huang Di Nei Jing (黃帝內經)
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine (Giovanni Maciocia)
Qigong, The Secret of Youth (Jwing-Ming Yang)