Implications of Chinese Medicine’s Perspective on “Treating the Undiseased” for the Modern Living Environment (80908)

Session Information: Science, Environment and the Humanities
Session Chair: Smart Edward Amanfo

Sunday, 26 May 2024 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 608
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The current condition of the environment is characterized by widespread pollution and damage, leading to escalating social, health, and economic conflicts for humanity. Environmental health is a fundamental principle in sustainable development, and the high occurrence of COVID-19 in 2021 serves as a reminder of the interconnections of human health, animal health, and environmental health, known as "One Health". The idea of "preventing illness before it occurs" has long been discussed in Chinese medicine. Sun Simiao, a famous ancient Chinese doctor, introduced this concept in his book, Essential Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold for Every Emergency (Qian Jin Yao Fang). He emphasized the importance of addressing potential health issues before they manifest, diagnosing diseases before they become apparent, and treating illnesses before they worsen. This concept embodies the wisdom of the Tao of medicine, which encompasses traditional Chinese medicine principles such as health maintenance, the use of medicine, and influences from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. This paper examines the concept of "preemptive disease treatment", shifting the emphasis from "treating diseases" to "personal health", and explores its potential application in promoting the long-term sustainability of environmental health.

ShiZong Lai, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Lai Shizong is currently studying at the Graduate Institute of Applied I Ching of Weixin Shengjiao College.Current research covers the relationship between traditional Chinese medicine and the I Ching.

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