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An oriental understanding of health

Michael Cheng-Tek Tai

School of Medical Sociology and Social Work, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

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Maintaining a balance between Yin and Yang within the macrocosm and microcosm is the key to a person's health according to Chinese traditional understanding. Hinduism's Ayurveda also shares this view regarding the balance of a person's mind, body, and spirit as the foundation of a good life. This article will examine the traditional Chinese understanding of health in comparison with Hindu thought. Both hold an integrated view of health.

Five Elements; Harmony; Health; Yin and Yang


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