Y is for Yellow Emperor

Chinese herbs.

Today,  in our A to Z Challenge, our word is Yellow Emperor.

In all of Chinese culture, there is one man who could be said to have been the originator of Chinese civilization – the Yellow Emperor. Whether he was a real man or not remains a mystery for the history books, much like King Arthur was in Medieval times. The Yellow Emperor was said to have been partly responsible for many great inventions like carts, boats and clothing. He also was supposed to have had a part in the first written language in China.

But that was not all he did. It is said that he also created a very important book called The Yellow Emperor Classic of Medicine, or the Neijing, which is the guidebook for Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. The Neijing is also a classic text for Taoism, as the Taoists believe that all things are related, including the health of our body with the environment. The big distinction between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine is that TCM relates everything to our health, whereas the Western medicine model is based on fixing what is broken. In Chinese medicine, your moods, diet and psychology all give clues as to what is going on in your body.

Here is a quote from the Neijing:

The natural people who followed the Tao, the Way of Life, were called naturalists. They lived in accordance with the rhythmic patters of the seasons: Heaven and Earth, moon, sun and stars. They aspired to follow the way of the ancient times, choosing not to lead excessive lifestyles. They, too, lived plainly and and enjoyed long life.

This is where this ties in with my theme this month of nature. All of what surrounds us, affects us. Similarly, everything we do affects the world around us. This entire month I have been writing posts about nature and what I have taken away from that is a feeling that there is so much more that I can do. I’ve learned about octopuses and parks and trees. I’ve learned that everything in nature connects back to me. If the health of the bees is not good, then my health is not good. If the health of the planet is not good, then we won’t survive long as a species. Our crazy so-called “Western” diet is killing us because we’ve separated ourselves from the source of our food so much that we don’t even know what is healthy anymore. What can I do? I can take care of myself. I can make sure that I get time out in nature amongst the trees, the birds and the animals. I can go back to what is natural and free myself from chemicals and junk that is unhealthy. I can write about it.

What about you? Do you know much about Traditional Chinese Medicine? Have you read the Yellow Emperor Classic of Medicine? What do you do to stay healthy? Tell us about it in the comments.


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This post is part of a series called the A to Z Blogging Challenge, taking place during the month of April 2016. Each day is a new letter throughout the month. My theme this month is NATURE. To view other bloggers writing about this alphabet, check out the list here.  

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The list so far…

A is for Aspen
B is for BreathB is for Butterfly
C is for Consciousness
D is for Deep Space
E is for Earth
F is for Fire
G is for Garden Gnomes
H is for Heaven
I is for Inequality
J is for Jade
K is for Kissing
L is for Light
M is for Milky Way
N is for Native
O is for Octopus
P is for Pollution
Q is for Quiet
R is for Rocks
S is for Solitude
T is for Trails
U is for Universe
V is for Vegetables
W is for Water
X is for Xtra-Terrestrials


One Comment

  1. It never occurred to me that the Yellow Emperor might not be an actual singular historical figure. My knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine is limited to the little bits and pieces gleaned from conversations with my acupuncturist, but I love how you tie this all into your series theme. I do believe everything is connected, and I think that is both a challenge and a gift. The gift is we can jump in at any point, with any thing and start there. The challenge – the sheer magnitude of it all can be overwhelming if we’re not careful.
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