The treatment of fluid stagnation according to the Campo
Campo in Japanese, the “Han people” in loose translation, is the method based on the Shang Han Lun book which was written by Zhang Zhong Jing in the Han dynasty period. The book was based on the Nan Jing and from there derived the idea that body diagnosis is the major parameter in treatment. The essence of the Campo system is the emphasis on the clinical as opposed to the theoretical. Master Todo Yoshimasu explained that instead of learning the possible influences of each pathogenic factor on the body theoretically, all we have to do is learn how the body reacts. The reactions are manifested in the abdomen area in an indisputable way. The Shang Han Lun is the unimpeachable source of Chinese medicine. It is the method that structured the patterns of treatment some 1000 years prior the TCM initiation. IT is a method that kept on evolving, while emphasizing on body diagnosis and the correlation
to tongue and pulse diagnosis and more.
Fluids stagnation in the stomach is a condition that results in poor absorption of fluids, especially water. This condition derives from either excess or deficiency patterns in the system. This diagnosis of fluids stagnation is part of the abdomen diagnosis that is unique to the Campo and the Shang Han Lun.
In TCM for example the condition of fluids stagnation in the stomach is overlooked and therefore in TCM the differential diagnosis between the different formulas that treat this condition is less frequent. And so it keeps the differential diagnosis between WU ZHU YU TANG, LI ZHONG WAN and FU ZI LI ZHONG WAN in the questioning level.
When using the Campo methods when a patient arrives at the clinic he does not go through an investigative questioning but rather is being examined first. In that examination if there is a condition of fluids stagnation it is revealed right away. That way instead of trying to choose from many treatment options that are derived from the westem condition of the patient, the treatment is efficiently reduced to a few formula options that are treating fluids stagnation in the stomach. Knowing the different syndromes is a tool for us, practitioners, in understanding the cause for the patient's condition. An understanding that will allow us to help him achieve the lifestyle with accordance to his condition. It should not be the main tool in achieving the right diagnosis.
The method of body diagnosis allows the practitioner to read the signs on the body, while the internal dialogue the practitioner head (Syndromes speculations) is based on physical facts. The use of physical facts involves the patient in the diagnosis process and treatment. As the patient is experiencing the treatment he feels the changes throughout the treatment even before there is a relief in the symptoms. (When it is fluids stagnation for example, the patient will hear less and less fluids throughout the exam in his stomach). It is a very important aspect of Chinese medicine. This way the patient does not only track his illness through symptoms which might dissolve, but maintains a connection with its cause and is more aware of what is going on in his body.
Diagnosis according to Campo as opposed to TCM allows the patient to know when the treatment of the formula is about to end, and to decide whether to move to a different formula, or a different dosage. Those decisions are not based on the feedback from the patient, which often can mislead us. That way the Campo methods allows the margin of error in treatment to be as small as possible, while being as precise as possible.
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