“The physician who teaches people to sustain their health is the superior physician.
The physician who waits to treat people
until after their health is lost is considered
to be inferior. This is like waiting until
one’s family is starving to begin
to plant seeds in the garden.”
-Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Internal Medicine. 500 B.C.
TRUE PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
The sages did not treat those who were already ill;
they instructed those who were not yet ill.
They did not want to rule those who were already rebellious;
they guided those who were not yet rebellious.
by The Medicine Teacher Yakushi
The Emperor asked: “When the body is worn out and the blood is exhausted, is it still possible to achieve good results?”
Ch’i Po replied: “No, because there is no more energy left.”
The Emperor inquired: “What does it mean, there is no more energy left?”
Ch’i Po answered: “This is the way of acupuncture: if man’s vitality and energy do not propel his own will, his disease cannot be cured.”