The tale of a round table - a beautiful quote on how Chinese Medicine views disease...
I absolutely love this quoted story, from Jane Lyttleton, quoting an old Chinese professor and couldn't resist sharing it with you. It demonstrates a vast difference between what we know as Western Medicine to Chinese Medicine, I wonder which one you would choose.
"Imagine our patient is a round table, which in its diseased state has grown sharp corners. It now looks like a square table – oh dear!
The table goes to see the specialist in corners. ‘No problem at all, my dear table. We’ll have you round again in no time at all.’ Well, right he was, more or less. The operation was performed the very next day. The surgeon, wielding a saw, quickly removed the table’s corners. The procedure was quite painful but over and done with rapidly and efficiently. Unfortunately, he cut a little too close on the fourth corner and the table lost part of one of its legs. The top, however while not entirely round and smooth, no longer had sharp corners.
But imagine if the table had come to see the old Chinese professor himself. ‘Tut tut, how did this corner business come about?’ he would have enquired and then carefully and thoroughly felt the wood of the table’s corners, top and legs. ‘Yes,’ he might say quietly after some time, ‘I can help you to be a round table again.’ Then he would pull out a small file, apply it to one corner and begin to file. He would file and file. And even though it might be tedious and require a lot of patience on the part of both the table and the doctor, and it might take up to one year before the table would be truly its old round self again, eventually it would be beautifully smooth and strong and perfectly round again."