ShiatsuThe Chinese influence The Japanese variant The roots of Shiatsu The pioneers of modern Shiatsu Shiatsu in the West and in Italy The foundations of the technique The theory and applications of Shiatsu Self-Shiatsu elements
- The Chinese influence
- The Japanese variant
- The roots of Shiatsu
- The pioneers of modern Shiatsu
- Shiatsu in the West and in Italy
- The fundamentals of the technique
- The theory and applications of Shiatsu
- Self-Shiatsu elements
The Chinese influence
Speaking of traditional Japanese medicine actually means talking about Chinese medicine, as the influence of TCM has been decisive in Japan since at least the sixth century. This does not mean that before that date there was no medical technique in Japan: as in Korea and Vietnam, certainly also in the islands there was an indigenous folk medicine, of which, however, no traces remain. The historical origin of Chinese medicine itself is somewhat uncertain, and the most important and ancient written text to which it is possible to refer is the Huang Di Neijing, attributed to the mythical Yellow Emperor but also difficult to date; in any case it is certainly a very ancient work, some parts of which have been lost and to which, in later periods, comments and new sections have been added.
The evolution of Chinese medicine, linked to the Taoist philosophical matrix, was stimulated and enriched by the cultural and philosophical stimuli coming from India and Iran, by the influence of Buddhism, which became its involuntary vehicle, by Confucianism and, in any case, from the meeting with the various ethnic groups of Asia. In turn, Chinese medicine was a cultural element of great unifying influence, from Tibet to Korea, from Mongolia to Vietnam.
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