The wooden board carved in Chinese characters as shown above top left was used by Grandmaster Sinseh S.B. Seo to inform the public of his service whenever he made a stop over in the village or town that he visits in China during the late 19th century. The earlier form of advertisement was to carry a banner made up of canvas written in large Chinese character (similar to the above) fixed on two bamboo poles and is tied to the Sinseh's back The Sinseh's profession is tough and the reason for his travel is to seek herbs that are grown in various part of China and they take their profession very seriously. Experience Sinseh treats their patients by feeling the pulse beat on the patients hand, observing the eyes and tongue which reveals the nature of Yin or Yang as well as the 'Qi' in their body. To feel the pulse, the Sinseh place his three fingers (index, middle and anula as shown above) on the patient's hand, with the index finger nearest to the ridge of the thumb. The pulse beat on the Left Hand inform the Sinseh the condition of the patient's Heart, Liver and Yin Kidney (Left) while the Right Hand inform the Sinseh the condition of the patient's Lung, Spleen and Yang Kidney (Right). Therefore treating a mute or deaf or sickly patient pose no problem to the experience Sinseh. Just from the above observations the Sinseh can give a full detail on the patient's health. Patients are to follow the strict advice and direction of the Sinseh as 'when to take the medication, the right time, before or after meal and what to avoid during period of treatment (the Sinseh act as a military advisor taking the role as Sun Tze, where timing of taking the herbs is crucial similarly as deploying the army to attack at the specific time). Patients are usually cured after a period of treatment. Traditional Chinese Medicine is the safest means of treatment as it does not use steroid, or harmful chemicals. Since its discovery, TCM has treated millions of people as it works on the principle of balancing the Yin & Yang.
Besides the Sinseh, the 'Martial Artist' also played an important role in the widespread practice and introduction of herbal medicines within China. The best known 'Martial Artist' to practice the usage of herbs were the 'Shaolin 少林寺' masters as they had to treat their disciples who frequently injured themselves or fall sick due to the vigorous training. Gradually due to migration, these knowledge and practice is passed on to generations throughout the world. The chart below shows the difference in treatments addressed by the Western Doctors compared with the traditional Chinese Physicians.
Nevertheless, western treatment also has its advantage where for instance when a patient has sudden acute of intense pain arises from eg. stones in gall or kidneys whereby an operation can immediately remove the pain. Depending on the seriousness of the illness, patients now have the options to choose either allopathic or holistic treatment.
All causes of diseases are due to the imbalance of 'Qi' or 'Chi' in the body which allows bacteria to inhibits and multiply, resulting in pain and sufferings. The saying 'stress' causes illness holds truth as "stress is also the root cause of disharmony to the body systems" which subsequently resulted in the imbalance of 'Qi' thus a person falls ill as a result of prolong stress.
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