How does Taoism work on Healing?
There are two main development stage of Daoism. The first stage, Lao-zi put Taoism philosophy forward based on Yin-yang theory in around 550BC, we called it “Dao jia si xiang” in chinese, which means “The thoughts of Tao Family”. For just the Chinese traditional healing, the thought of tao family gave people instruction on mind, mind affect the way of thinking, the way of thinking affect emotion, emotion affect health. It is the most traditional Chinese philosophy that influences Chinese mind and the way of thinking. The main conception of Taoism philosophy is “Tao(“Dao” in Chinese)”, which means the development of everything(nature or universe)should follow the natural rules, do not fight against nature rule. People and universe should become one, and also as soft, as tolerant, as peaceful as water, but also as powerful as water. Taoism educated people to be patient, and peaceful when life go down, as this is the period of cultivating and saving energy. The life will goes up as long as you save enough energy for it, as Ying-yang always keeps changing.
The second stage, In Han dynasty, based on Laozi Taoism philosophy and Chinese traditional religion, “dao jiao” arise. Dao Jiao(means Dao religion in Chinese) is based on Daoism but it inclined to religion. Becoming immortal is the best wish of old stylites. Taoist search different ways to become immortal, They use Daoism Medicine, They do Qigong to cultivate internal chi to make the body strong and make mind peaceful, they do Kungfu. As we all know, it’s unrealistic to become immortal carnally, but The Taoists get fitness and longevity indeed on the way to pursue immortal.
In a word, the second stage developed based on the first stage. The first stage, ‘’Dao Jia”(means Dao family literally) is the philosophy about the universe, nature and people. The second stage, ‘dao jiao’, inclined to religion and the method of become immortal. In addition, Daoism(Daojiao) give instruction on the method of how to get health and longevity.