Judaism, and more specifically, Chasidus and Kabbala further teach that we have a choice: We can, indeed become beholden to nature and its rules; to defer and become swept away, as the existentialists teach, to its tide. Or we can view this short sojourn that we have been given as an opportunity to develop relationships:with ourselves, with those that we interact with, with our environment and with our Creator. Most importantly, it is through clearly hearing these messages, and developing these relationships, that we are able to determine our jobs and purposes that we were brought into this world to accomplish.
We practitioners, who are the inheritors of the brilliant legacy of Chinese medicine have been taught of the importance of looking at the larger picture and seeing relationships. And as the great Chassidic master, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov teaches, there is no such thing as neutrality or detente. The concept is inherently flawed. Rather, in all areas of interaction, there can only be balance and harmony or conflict. This holds true internationally, inter-personally, and internally. He tells us that when there is internal conflict there is illness. This is exactly consistant with Chinese medical theory. We have been given wonderful diagnostic tools. So we are able to determine that if there is vacuity, we nourish and boost, if there is repletion or superfluity we reduce or moderate. If an outside force (which the Chinese call "Wind") invades, we expel it, and so on. If one aspect of the body is replete and another is deficient, we take therapeutic steps to bring balance to the whole person. So too, as with Judaism, we look at the emotional, mental and spiritual manifestations of illness and imbalance related to specific organs and organ systems. The founder of Chasidus, The Baal Shem Tov, would say that "if someone has a small hole in their body, they have a large hole in their soul."