Causes of a disease – ancient and modern perspective
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that normally there is a relative balance
between different organs and systems of the body, between the body and emotions
as well as between human body and environment. If for any reason this dynamic
balance is disrupted then disease will be caused.
The causes of the disease are usually divided into internal, external and
- Internal: emotions (anger, joy, worry, pensiveness, sadness, fear,
- External: weather (wind, cold, summer heat, damp, dryness and fire/excessive
fatigue / over-exertion
excessive sexual activity (more correctly, related to sexual activity)
parasites and poisons
If we consider that all causes interrelate each other and we
make a simple calculation of the possible combinations of these 21 major causes
we obtain a number of 51,090,942,171,709,440,000 different conditions.
Eliminating from our calculation, trauma, epidemics, parasites and wrong
treatment assuming that from statistical stand point their occurrence rate is
low, we obtain 355,687,428,096,000 combinations that can causes a disease.
An initial conclusion would be that a disease condition of an
individual is unique and it is a result of the internal and external
characteristics of that specific (and unique) individual live in. As a result,
a holistic approach is indispensable to any analysis of a disease or wellness
status of an individual.
In our times we have many new causes of disease which did not
exist in the times when Chinese Medicine developed (for example radiation,
pollution or chemical in food). In practice it is important to keep in mind
these new causes, and it might therefore be necessary in certain causes to
integrate Chinese diagnosis with other Western diagnostic tests to find the
causes of disease
We can “complicate” even more this analysis in order to see the
big picture of our existence if we add the following:
- Human beings are mind, body and spirit complexes which
exists in continuous dynamic equilibrium with higher energy dimensions of
reality. These higher energies endow the physical vehicle (our body) with the
properties of life and creative expression.
- The interface which regulates the flow of these higher energies into the
physical framework (in our “trivial” reality) is mad up of chakra-nadi system
and the acupuncture meridian system, working in conjunction with the body’s
microcrystalline and bioelectronic networks .
We can conclude in a more simple statement. In order to establish the root cause
of a disease, in addition to environment conditions we should explore in a
holistic manner all aspects of:
Internal connection of the human body systems
Spiritual component of our existence.