For thousands of years,the Chinese have practiced preventive medicine. Instead of going to their doctors when they were already sick, the way that we are used to doing, the Chinese went to their
doctors while they were still well (before they were aware that there was anything wrong with their health). The Chinese doctors
could then correct physical malfunctions in their earliest stages, before any damage had been done, or symptoms, such as pain or weakness, had time to appear.
The following quotation from the NEI CHING, the classic of ancient Chinese medicine written over four thousand years ago, is a good
illustration of the importance the Chinese attached to prevention.
The NEI CHING says,”The superior physician helps before the early budding of disease. The inferior physician begins to help when disease has already developed; he helps when destruction has already set in. Since his help comes when disease has already developed, it is said of him that he is ignorant.”