The Chinese physician studies numerous herbs and herbal remedies either used to maintain health or to bring an ill person back into balance or a healthy state once again. He may use other modalities such as exercise, usually some form of Chi Kung, acupuncture/acupressure, massage, and as will be emphasized here; diet and nutrition. In the Chinese medical system there was hardly ever a need for surgery with most illnesses, unless an emergency arose. In fact, centuries ago, the Chinese did not have a deep understanding of anatomy as we do in the west, but used the Meridians or energy pathways along the body. We now know from modern physics that our material form is nothing but a vibrating and swirling mass of energy and it not solid at all, as we might perceive through our senses. These meridian pathways should transport subtle substances from one organ system to another in a continuous, unobstructed and perfectly energized flow. But this can only be if we live a balanced, emotionally satisfied life, eating the right foods and drinks, get adequate exercise and “personally” tailored nutritive substances into our body daily. Then we can be almost assured of a disease free life and a long one at that, baring any unfortunate accidents.
Most of us will admit though that we do not eat healthy all the time and may not understand what healthy is and do not exercise daily. We may have habits that are proven in the western medical sense to be deleterious like; smoking, drinking alcohol and overindulging in sensuous activities. Yes sexually does have a bearing on our health, physically and mentally, and longevity too. One needs to be concerned about healthy sexuality, especially after the age of forty. And this is especially true for men.
Although we of the same humankind, we are as different as each individual snowflake. The distinctions are geographic, cultural, religious, and familial, all the way down to our genetic makeup. As an example – we have different blood types like A, B, AB and O, therefore the constituency of our blood may be different than that of our neighbor, friend and even lover. Research has shown that the foods and drinks that we consume affect us differently bio-medically, especially in regard to our blood type. For example, according to research, the A blood types may not live longer than sixty years of age. There is a high level of cancer and heart disease killing off these individuals at a very early age. Eating a diet high in saturated fats is suggested to be the culprit. Would it be advisable to propose a vegetarian diet for A blood types? It’s certainly worth the consideration. This is where the dietary advisor comes into the picture, and it may not be your family MD. In the recent past Western medical doctors were not trained in nutrition although many are educating themselves in this regard. A nutritionist educated in holistic health would be a great source for advice and counseling.
The example of blood typing is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to real nutrition. As I previously stated, each individual must be analyzed for there nutritional needs. Food and herbs are the major source for good health but must be tailored to the individual. This is extremely important for those who are now suffering from chronic illnesses and also important for those who think they are healthy but have not been checked properly for their nutritional needs. Chinese Herbal Medicine is truly holistic in its approach to health. It takes into account the whole individual and all the organ systems in body, including the heart and mind. Balance is necessary. If you have a disease, then you are not in balance. And usually there are many things that need to be addressed. Traditional Chinese Medicine addresses the wholeness of your being.
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