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A famous phrase exists in the Nei Jing (Internal Classic of Chinese Medicine) that goes:

"A sage will prevent disease rather than cure it, maintain order rather than correct disorder, which is the ultimate principle of wisdom. To cure a disease with medicines is like digging a well when one already feels thirsty; it is like making weapons when the war has already broken out, which could be too late to do much good."

The doctor of traditional Chinese Medicine makes it a point to advise patients on how to maintain good health and to stay free from disease.

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  Diseases

To be able to maintain good health, it is extremely beneficial to understand what diseases are and what causes them. In Western medicine, germs and viruses are considered to be the primary culprits, but in Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease is thought to be caused by disharmonies within the body or between the body and the environment. It is the result of a struggle between hostile forces and body energy, not unlike the struggle between germs or viruses and the immune system in Western medicine.

Causes of Diseases
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, causes of diseases can be divided into three basic categories:
1. External causes (Wind, Cold, Summer heat, Dampness, Dryness, and Fire)
2. Internal causes (the seven emotions: joy, anger, worry, thought, sadness, fear, and shock)
3. Fatigue and diet
Understanding the causes goes a long way towards the prevention of diseases.

Ailments from Fatigue (from a Chinese Medicine perspective)
- prolonged use of the eyes (excessive reading, watching too much TV) is harmful to your blood
- lying down for too long is harmful to your energy
- prolonged sitting (at the computer, on long flights) is harmful to your muscles
- prolonged standing is harmful to your bones
- prolonged walking is harmful to your tendons

What you can do:
Green Tea- Maintain a strong immune system through diet and dietary supplements
- Exercise regularly to continuously promote the free-flow circulation of Qi and blood in the body
- Listen to your body; select foods based on what your body needs
- Practice Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation, and other exercises to calm the mind and spirit
- Go for checkups with your doctor regularly
- Get regular body tuneups (massage, acupuncture) to place your body back in balance

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 Food Suggestions Based on Disorder

Listed are some suggestions for foods that have been shown to have a positive effect for the corresponding disorder:

(Please note that the following recommendations are not meant to be a cure nor a replacement for drugs or other treatments prescribed for the said disorder. You should consult your primary healthcare doctor for such advice).

Anemia - Chinese Longan fruit
Arthritis - Loquat root; royal jelly; vinegarFresh ginger
Asthma - Squash
Bleeding gums - White sugar
Blurred vision - Liver (beef, chicken, pork)
Cankers and mouth sores - Watermelon
Common Cold - White part of Scallions
Constipation - Cut 250 g carrots into cubes, boil in water until soft and eat at mealtime
Cough - Chinese pear; peanuts; squash
Dehydration - Coconut meat
Diarrhea - Chicken; garlic
Edema - Grapes; Winter melon
Fatigue - Beef; Honey
Food Poisoning - Fresh Ginger
Frostbite - Cherry and Cherry Juice
Headache - Buckwheat; Carp; Radish; Scallions
Hiccups - Fresh Ginger
Shiitake MushroomsHigh Cholesterol - Celery; Garlic; Kiwi fruit; Shiitake mushrooms
Hypertension - Apple; Carrot; Celery; Corn; Eggplant
Indigestion - Hawthorn fruit; Lemon; Papya; Tea
Influenza - Garlic
Insomnia - Grapes; Chinese Longan
Intoxication - Apple; Grapefruit; Tea
Loss of voice - Fig; Mango
Nightsweats - Grapes; Peach
Numbness of the four limbs - Cherry
Osteoporosis - Chestnut
Poor appetite - Cantaloupe; Honey; Onion; Tomato; Shiitake mushrooms
Poor memory - Tofu
Rhinitus - Aloe Vera; Garlic; Magolia Flower gud
Sore throat - Chicken egg; Fig; Olive; Radish
Thirst - Lemon; Apple; Kiwi fruit
Vomiting - Fresh Ginger

    

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