Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM; simplified Chinese: 古典中医; traditional Chinese: 古典中醫; pinyin: gǔ diǎn zhōng yī) is embedded in the ancient Taoists’ mytho-poetic way of observing and describing the undistorted way the nature/universe works. It was not "invented", but was discovered and became preserved in a set of Taoist medical texts honored as “the classics”: Huang Di Nei Jing (《黄帝内经》Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine), the Nan Jing (《难经》Classic of Difficulties) and the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (《神 农 本 草 经》Divine Farmer’s Herbal Classic), the Shang Han Lun (《伤寒论》Treatise on Cold Damage), as well as commentaries and further developments of these basic works compiled millennia ago, in the periods during or before the Han Dynasty.
The goal of CCM is to bring the body back into dynamic balance with the natural environment, to allow the body to adapt and change in a healthy “dance with the internal and external variability of day-to-day life” by using minimally invasive techniques.
CCM takes its historical and cultural roots very seriously. CCM practitioners adhere to the ancient classics and various esoteric practices passed down from CCM masters.
CCM does not advocate a blind adherence to things past, but embraces the classical spirit of utilizing time-honored modes of holistic thought in an ever changing space-time environment.
In the 19th century, with the introduction of Western medicine in China, the Chinese, embarrassed by the “primitive” medical techniques they were using, rushed to “Westernize” Chinese medicine. What is taught and practiced in mainland China today and in the Western world, is the “Westernized” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM; simplified Chinese: 传统中医; traditional Chinese: 傳統中醫; pinyin: chuán tǒng zhōng yī)) that primarily focuses on the study and use of medication.