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Traditional Chinese Medicine

2013-04-27 14:12:01


Deeply rooted in 5,000 years of history, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been playing an important role in Chinese people's lives. Differing from the western medicine, TCM has its own theories and methods of staying healthy.
TCM views a patient's condition as a reflection of the interaction of five elements of nature: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The goal is to treat each patient holistically, with prescriptions tailored to the individual patient's condition. >> The basic theory of Chinese medicine attempts to explain the nature of life cycle and disease changes. It includes five theories:Yin and Yang, the five elements, how to direct one's strength, zangfu (internal body organs), and channels.  >>


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TCM believes that nuts are warm and hot in nature. The cold weather makes it suitable for people to eat nuts in winter without getting internal heat.



Eat healthy, eat yellow

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is believed to be a unified organic being with organs tied to the five elements, five flavors and five colors. Eating food with a certain color can help regulate and strengthen the corresponding organ.

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TCM believes that springtime and the liver share the same property of mu (the element of wood). So, in that season, the liver tends to get overactive, creating discomfort.

The stomach and spleen share the properties of tu (the element of earth), which is the opposite of mu. If opposition between these two elements becomes too strong, the body will become uncomfortable. >>

In traditional Chinese medicine, summer is a time when "Yang energy" predominates so we should nourish and strengthen Yin to stay balanced.

With this understanding of food energy, there are a number of food choices we can make to cool down our over-heated bodies in summer. Raw foods, cold foods and drinks have more of a cooling effect than cooked foods. >>

A defining feature of autumn is dryness, which is most likely to affect the lungs and respiratory tract. "It is critical for the body to have enough water."

In autumn, people tend to be unaware of the fact that they are losing water quickly, since they don't actually sweat. But, in fact, the dry air will cause water to evaporate from the body 24 hours through the pores, unnoticed. >>

Winter is a time to take good care of the yang aspect of the body," says Wang Yuntao, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor with Beijing Dongwen Clinic.

The function of yang can be compared to a cup of hot water: Inside a warm environment, it stays warm longer; but inside a cold environment, it turns cold faster. The yang factor is the ability to keep warm, Wang explains. >>

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