Health and Systems Thinking SIG Research and Development



  • Thomas Sui Leung WONG Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd
  • EC HUANG Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute


five elements systemic healthcare 五行健康系統養生, TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine 中醫學, Confucianism-Buddhism-Taoism-TCM 儒釋道醫, Ancient-Modern East-West systems thinkings 古今中外系統思維, Schemas Theory 模式論



World Health Organisation WHO and Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research published the book “Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening” ISBN 978 92 4 156389 5. This milestone signifies the importance of systems thinking in health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic set the stage for the reductionistic Western Medicine and Systemic Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM to demonstrate their respective strategies and results for controlling the disease and treating the people. Comparing the history of medicine in China (Eastern) and in the U.S. (Western) we see very different impacts on the care, health and well-being of individuals and their communities in those areas. China has seen an influx of Western medicine and the U.S. an influx of Chinese medicine. Each of these shifts has occurred for very different reasons and with very different impacts. We present here our research results and directions for future research to integrate with that of others for new systems ideas to emerge for new applications. A Five elements systemic healthcare is proposed to integrate different kinds of healthcare under the big picture. We start with the wood systems of Mental health. Under this umbrella, we investigated the systems thinking that existed in ancient traditional medicine such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda Medicine, Homeopathy, and others. Under the guidance of ISSS, we were able to refine our TCM model in the direction of examining the way the human system works, and also how to diagnose and fine tune the human body for stability and efficiency. In the process of trying to understand more on the methodology, we have received personal coaching from professionals of ISSS in understanding Systems of Systems processes, Duality theory, Relational-Theory, Viable Systems Model, DSRP systems, Schemas Theory, and other General Systems Theories. In the research and learning processes, we have discovered that all these modern GST are similar to the theories of TCM and other ancient Chinese general theories, in structure and function, as embedded in the teaching of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Lately we have even discovered that these similarities also exist in an ancient western theory, namely the Tree of Life theory. As the original purpose of the ISSS was the search for General Systems Theories, we have attempted to integrate Ancient-Modern East-West systems thinkings, and discovered new systems theories such as the Taichi Yin-Yang Five-elements Trinity Systems Theory, the Jewish Tree of Life System Theory, the Innovation and Continuous Improvement for Change Management Systems Theory, and others. We also tried to construct from the theories in Traditional Chinese Medicine to form a new platform for different General Systems Theories GSTs, to communicate with and to learn from each other for the emergence of new GSTs.


Author Biographies

Thomas Sui Leung WONG, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd

Lecturer, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Center Ltd. 
Researcher, Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute.
1999 - Master of Engineering in Telecommunications (by research), Australia Telecommunication Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.
1998 - Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou University of TCM, China. Include one year full-time internship in Guangdong Provincial hospital of TCM at different departments.
1992 - Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology with first class honours (by research), University of Western Australia, Australia.

EC HUANG, Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute

Researcher - Ancient Balance Medicine Research Institute