According to a legend, during the ancient times, a war between good and evil broke out in China. It was between the benevolent emperor, The Yellow Emperor, who had the support of all his people and a man named Chiyou from the north who had great strength. Chiyou believed that he had a right to the throne, and constantly confronted the emperor’s troops with his own. During the war, the citizens of China were suffering the most, lacking food and shelter. The emperor was both anxious and sad for his people. One night, an angel came to the emperor’s dreams and told him to craft large drums out of cowhide; these drums could restrain Chiyou and his troops, and ultimately put an end to the war. After the emperor woke up, he immediately handed over this task to the craftsmen who completed a total of eighty-eight drums.
A few days later when the two armies once again clashed, the emperor’s men beat the drums, the powerful sound shaking the world. As the angel had promised, Chiyou and his men were shocked to death, at last ending the war. The emperor was overjoyed, but when he turned back to see his own soldiers dying, he quickly gathered a couple of musicians in hopes of coming up with a cure. The musicians used the string from the bows of the wounded soldiers and tied them to pieces of wood. They began to play. Once the melodious music reached the soldiers’ ears, the wounds were healed and they miraculously awakened. At that time, the emperor’s historian, Cangjie, saw the miracle happen and created the word ‘music’. The character became a symbol of the sound that can be used to heal. Decades later, people also found out that many natural plants and herbs can also be used to heal or treat illnesses, so they combined the characters ‘music’ and ‘herbs’ to create a new character: medicine.
The ancestors of ‘medicine’ equals to ‘music’ and ‘herb’
We all know that the character ‘medicine’ is made up of ‘herb’ and ‘music’. ‘Herb’ includes all the important foods essential to human health, such as wheat, rice, fruits, vegetables, and so on. ‘Music’ accounts for most of the character, so it plays a pivotal role. The ancients believed that each music note had a natural effect on the corresponding organs. For example, the note ‘Do (1)’ is melodious and invigorating. ‘Re (2)’ is deep and resonant, and can bring tranquility. ‘Mi (3)’ is smooth and can enhance slumber, while ‘So (5)’ is full of energy and can repress stress. ‘La ( 6)’ is soft and thorough and can enlighten the mind. Different types of music bring different feelings. Pure, bright music can cultivate people’s sentiments, purify the mind, and achieve the effect of treatment. Wild, passionate music will only trigger people’s impulsive, hysterical urges and indulge lust. So the real music is the magic, it is a good mood, giving benefits, giving health, giving the right energy! The character ‘music’ can also be read as ‘happiness’. The ancients said, ‘A good heart works like herbs.’ Those who are happiest always hold a good heart. On the contrary, a person filled with hate will never be happy or healthy, as their hearts are not kind.
Spiritual and substance are one in same
In traditional Chinese, the characters ‘music’ and ‘herb’ combine together to make the character for ‘medicine’. ‘Music’ can soothe people’s spirits, and ‘herbs’ can provide humans nutrition. Chinese culture is broad and profound – behind every traditional character is a museum with rich connotations and Divine culture. Through examining the character ‘medicine’, we have found a revelation: health from human body , mind and spirit.
我們知道「藥」字由「草字頭」 和 「樂」上下結構而成的一個字。「草」就是草本，所有重要的糧食包括穀物類大米高粱等，蔬菜水果和植物皆屬草本類，人體健康不可缺少。而「樂」卻佔了整個 「藥」字的重心，「樂」扮演著舉足輕重的角色。古人認為用不同的正音為主的音樂對相對應的臟腑有自然良效。五音聽似山間的潺潺流水，它和人的臟腑有著對應的關係，如說脾有問題，是因為人體缺少土，應用以屬土的宮音為主的音樂治療，所以宮音【1(Do)】悠揚諧和，助脾健胃；商音【2( Re)】鏗鏘有力，使人安寧；角音【3(Mi)】條暢平和，助人入眠；微音【5(Sol)】抑揚詠，抖擻精神；羽音【6(La)】柔和透徹，啟迪心靈。不同型派的音樂會帶給人不同的感覺。純真，光明，向善的音樂可以陶冶人的情操，凈化心靈，達到治病的效果；而激情和為滿足快感帶有魔性的音樂，只會激發人衝動，歇斯底里，放縱情慾。所以真正的音樂是德音，它表現的是美好的意境，給人受益，給人健康，給人正的能量！「藥」字中的「樂」的另一種理解為快樂，古人言「心善免百病」、「善良心地勝藥草」。有信仰的人最快樂，因為他們時時守住一顆善良的心靈。反之，如果一個人整天生活在仇恨爭鬥中，心中一定充滿了惡念，又怎麼會快樂呢？又怎麼能健康起來呢？
「樂」和「草」二位一體聯成了一個「藥」字，我們從中悟道，精神物質本一性。「樂」能安憮人的精神，「草」能供給人體營養。中華文化博大精深，每一個繁體字的背後都是一座博物館，蘊藏著豐富的內涵和神傳文化的足跡。 通過「藥」字我們找到了真機： 健康來自於我們自己的身心靈。
神農採藥嘗百草： “神農嘗百草” 帶來了中醫領域的繁榮，也使這美麗的故事流芳百世。
有病吃藥要趁早： 等時過境遷， 病入膏盲時，一切都已太晚。
健康身心不靠藥：關於 “藥” 的話題，似乎還有更多的學問有待於我們洞察。
通過 “藥” 的故事，相信大家在今後的生活中更能主動的從多方面去考慮，觀察和學習關於“ 藥” 的學問和保健的知識。 要想做到如何讓自己不得病，少吃藥或不吃藥，就需要我們融於 “天人合一” 的宇宙規律，時時保持心平氣和，開懷大度，虛心學習等等良好的心態，自然就會達到“健康身心不靠藥”的境界。
萬物皆有靈，音樂有靈魂，每個繁體字也都有其靈魂。 五千年燦爛的中華文化不只僅僅限於在字的表面上，她的真正精髓的東西在於內涵和靈魂，在 “自然與養生” 裏讓我們一起來繼續探索和瞭解中華5千年文化的寶典。