The Method of Striking a Balance, or Harmonizing
The method of harmonizing treatment can also be called "negotiating a settlement," because it is aimed at regulating and adjusting the relationships among the internal organs, meridians, energy and blood, for the purpose of removing external pathogenic energies to restore the normal functions of the body. This principle of treatment can be used in three different ways.
To harmonize the superficial and deep regions
This method involves treating the syndrome in between the superficial and deep, which normally displays the following symptoms: alternating cold and fever due to external causes, congested chest and discomfort in the upper-abdomen region, being quiet with no appetite, feeling depressed, nausea, bitter taste in the mouth, dry throat, dizziness and wiry and rapid pulse.
To regulate and harmonize the stomach and the intestine
This involves treating the cold and deficient large-intestine syndrome.
When external pathogenic energies reside in the stomach and intestine, one may display such symptoms as combination of chills and fever, dull sensations at the pit of the stomach, nausea, abdominal pain, watery stools or diarrhea and intestinal rumbling, which can be treated by this method.
To regulate and harmonize the liver and spleen or stomach
This is used in treating two syndromes:
- The liver-spleen disharmony syndrome and
- The liver-stomach disharmony syndrome.
The liverspleen disharmony syndrome involves two distinct syndromes: the liver energy congestion syndrome and the spleen deficiency syndrome.
The two syndromes are very similar and may include the following symptoms: feeling depressed, abdominal swelling and pain, discomfort in the chest, intestinal rumbling and diarrhea or tension causing abdominal pain and diarrhea.
The liver-stomach disharmony syndrome involves two distinct syndromes:
- The liver energy congestion syndrome and
- The stomach energy upsurging syndrome.
Likewise, both are very similar and may include such symptoms as congested chest, poor appetite, vomiting, belching, acid regurgitation and pain at the pit of the stomach.
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