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Insomnia

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It is important that you consult your doctor and make him/her aware that you are considering alternative medicine for Insomnia, especially if it is steadily or suddenly increasing in severity.

 

Insomnia is a sleep disorder generally defined as:

Difficulty in going to sleep.

Difficulty in staying asleep.

Disturbed sleep.

Restless sleep.

Poor quality sleep.

Ideal Sleep situation

Easy to fall asleep – No waking at night – Wakes up refreshed in the morning – 6-8 hours depending on age (less sleep when older).

The importance of Sleep:

From a Spiritual perspective in sleep we actually return to the deepest part of us, and rest there, not conscious of being in our most elevated state. It is said, that we return to God/our True Self.

We enter where all is calm and unified, and thus we are deeply nourished, and healing is enabled.

Anything less than this when we sleep, causes sleep problems, as seen above.

During daytime activities we have a great tendency to ‘run from silence’, and engage in very stressful busy activities, chasing our dreams, completely forgetting our innermost Being, our True Self, and therefore we become unhappy, hot, and restless – Insomnia is sure to follow.

Unless we learn how to achieve mindfulness and become peaceful, our sleep will be disturbed.

We must change our values, and value the Love and Peace within each one of us, more than busyness and chaos. We must learn that we are not machines, here only to make money, buy houses, cars and all manner of materials that will never make us happy.

We are all looking for Happiness, and once we find it within ourselves, then we can share it with others, which leads to the Happiness of all.

So whenever we have the chance, we need to nourish ourselves by letting go of our rational, analytic mind and Surrender to the deepest part within us, for that part knows everything and will guide us if we allow it to.

Try to stop over-thinking etc, and meditate i.e. sit quietly, and remind yourself who you really are.

Go deep within yourself, and ask: Who am I?

Be patient, and wait for the answer, and please try again day after day, year after year, until you realise who you are – this is the most worthwhile, as this Realisation, and the Knowledge that comes with it, will give you great strength to deal with any problem, including Insomnia.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Heart/Spirit/Blood complex represents the mind, mainly due to the fact that healthy Blood is derived from the efficiency of the Organ System, and all other aspects of the bodily functioning, which are ultimately governed by a person’s state of mind.

So if a person has healthy, optimistic and positive thoughts, the body will respond accordingly, producing healthy blood, nourishing every cell in our body.

 In TCM the syndromes of Insomnia, are very similar to those of Anxiety and Palpitations.

Nervousness, Anxiety, Worry (obsessions/over-thinking), Depression, Fear, Insecurities, fear of the dark, and the fear of dreaming terrifying dreams.

So train yourself to LET GO – this is a process and won’t happen overnight, however, you will be on track to eventual freedom from fear, if you do begin to let go.

 

 Now we come to the Syndromes that cause the various types of Insomnia:

 

The first three are primarily concerned with HEAT within.

N.B. Whenever we emote we create internal heat – excess emotions = excess heat = Irritability eventually likely to progress to Anger and then Rage

 

1     Insomnia with Anxiety, restlessness, sensations of heat especially in the chest, and face, night sweats, perhaps some palpitations.

 Suggested Remedies:

The underlying cause here is severe emotional distress, concerning affairs of the Heart, causing dehydration. So drink a pint of water at room temperature before meals. Coconut water and vegetable juices are also very good. Each bodily cell needs to be moistened, and to hydrate on a deeper level, try an Untreated Cold Pressed Organic Oil like Flax or Olive Oil. Take 2 tablespoonfuls per day, morning and afternoon, one and a half hours after breakfast and lunch.

 When you have sorted out the above routine, you need to go deeper and find a way to sort out your emotional life.

 If you didn’t feel loved when you were young, as this syndrome suggests, then please search for the deep well of love which is hidden within you, which when discovered will bring you peace.

Please don’t give up. 

As mentioned above the more emotions we have, the more heat we create, and over a period of time this heat burns up our Body Fluids, which includes our Blood. When this happens, heat within predominates, creating Restlessness and Insomnia, because our Body Fluids are no longer keeping us cool.

 

2      Insomnia with irritability, restlessness, sensations of heat

        especially in the head, anger, often a severe headache.

        Suggested Remedies:

        This type is due to either alcoholism, or a severe emotional

         state, which severely affects the Liver.

         Hydrate as above, calm down, learn to be patient, and

         realise that your expectations of others are far too high.

         You cannot have everything you want, life isn’t like that.

         Appreciate those around you, and give to them the thing

         that YOU want. This takes great ‘presence of mind’, and

         isn’t easy, but please practice, and you will eventually

         become happier and more at peace.

         If due to alcohol, STOP IT as fast as you can, by joining

         (Alcoholics Anonymous), and start doing one simple task

        per day that helps others, and you will begin to move away

        from self pity, and you will stop harming yourself.

 

3     Insomnia with intense worry and mental congestion,

        halitosis, maybe gastritis with a burning sensation.

        Suggested Remedies:

       Worry or Over Concern, will deplete the digestive tract,

       causing digestion to slow down, creating stagnation of food in 

       the stomach, heat is then created in the stomach rather like a

       compost heap, and rises upward creating

        nausea/burning feeling in the chest, and halitosis (foul

        smelling breath).

        Experiment with your food, to find out which foods suit

        you best, eat more slowly, do not discuss business or

        anything whilst you are eating, simply focus on chewing

        well. Stay emotionally calm whilst eating, and consider

        taking Enzymes and Acidophilus for 2 weeks.

        Avoid spices, and cold food or drink.

 

The next three are primarily concerned with STAGNATION.

4      Insomnia with sadness and depression, perhaps a

         sensation of fullness in the chest, and maybe some mental

         confusion.

         Suggested Remedies

         Here we have symptoms primarily connected to the Heart.

         The Heart is always directly concerned with Love –

         maybe deprived of love when young, problems with

         relating to others, unrequited love, and so on.

         Here we have phlegm obstructing the Heart Energy

         lodged in the chest. This also suggests that digestion is

         also a problem here – worry and over concern about

         everything.

         Mostly the remedies are not easy, but here we must begin

         to understand that each one of us is full of love deep

         down, and we need to discover it, and that is our

         responsibility and the reason why we are here.

         It’s not easy as we all know to turn a negative into a

         positive. However, each moment we have

         an opportunity to give and give that Love as our gift to all

         living beings and beyond, and this is a cure for all ills.

         Regarding the phlegm, once again experiment with your

         food, until you find the food that suits you best.

         Avoid cold food and drink, as cold will slow down the

         digestive activity, creating fatigue and phlegm.

 

5      Insomnia following grief or bereavement, usually much

         crying.

         Suggested Remedies

         Usually when a person grieves there are many tears, with

         a heaving chest. Lung Energy is used up, and this feeling

         of Deficiency creates Insomnia, as breathing becomes

         difficult at night especially, as the sun has disappeared

         and no longer supports the person’s general energy.

         There are many Chinese Herbal Formulaes to help this

         condition, and all conditions concerning Insomnia and all

         other health problems. Also, when the person feels able, deep

         breathing in the fresh air will eventually help recovery.

         The lungs do not like the cold, so please make sure you

         hold a scarf over your nose/mouth to warm up the air as

         it enters, especially if it is a cold day.

 

6       Insomnia with depression, frustration, suppressed anger,

          maybe indigestion, maybe muscular tension.

          Suggested Remedies:

          The liver energy, which is the ‘seat of emotions’, has

           stagnated. The main function of the Liver Energy , is to

           enable the free flow of Energy throughout the body.

           This situation with these symptoms, suggests emotional 

           upheaval, thwarted desires, i.e. not getting what you

           want. The depression usually accompanies exhaustion,

           especially if the person has a weak Constitution.

           The raving and ranting depletes energy severely.

           How could a relaxed and nourishing sleep occur, with

           such distress.

           Here we need to understand that we project our

           mind-set, which is full of unreasonable desires out into

           the world, and often we demand that another

           person fulfils them, which is impossible, absurd and

           selfish, especially as some desires are insatiable.

          When a person is angry, they do not wish to hear of

          remedies, they are usually determined to spread their

          unhappiness, and rudely refuse any help – we’ve all been

          there.

         The way out, is to stop, take a deep breath, and learn to

         give to others the very thing that you want – in other

         words consider others. This of course is difficult to do,

         and takes great presence of mind, but as with all healing

         processes, patterns have to be broken, and doing this will

         begin to break down those forceful demands that are

         being made on other people, which is an unfortunate folly.

         Of course your digestion will suffer, and your muscles

         will be tense – these are messages from your body, saying

         that all is not well.

         As I’ve mentioned before in other Articles:

         ‘True Happiness lies in making others Happy’. Meher Baba

          Please practice, and meditate on this – very worthwhile.

 

 The following three are primarily concerned with DEFICIENCY.

   7   Insomnia with worry, tiredness, maybe dizziness,

         palpitations, poor memory, worse with excessive study.

         Suggested Remedies:

         When we worry, Energy goes upwards, becomes very

         ‘knotted’, initially causing problems in the upper part of

         the body, followed soon after with problems in the lower

         part.

         With Worry/Over Concern/Pensiveness, the mind is over

         active – not able to stop thinking. Over a short period of

         time, because the energy has risen upwards, the lower

         part becomes Deficient, and bowel problems ensue,

         because there isn’t enough Energy to form the stools

         properly.

         The main solution here, is to meditate regularly, calming

         the mind, and focussing into your ‘Dan Tien/Hara, which

         is approximately 3 fingers widths below your navel.

         Also, get away from the study, housework etc, and walk

         in the countryside if possible to earth yourself, and look 

         around in wonder, and be ‘present’, without labelling or 

         criticising anything – just let it be.

 

   8   Insomnia with jumpiness, timidity, night terrors, maybe

         grinding of teeth whilst asleep, perhaps muscular tension.

         Suggested Remedies:

         Here we have a mixed health problem, involving both the

         Liver energy (the emotions), and the Kidney energy (the

         Constitution). Negative emotions can stagnate the Liver

         energy very easily, especially anger and impatience.

         Menstrual problems, frontal headaches, frustration are

         often present. So the remedy here would be to develop

         patience, eliminate all forms of criticism, and stop

         forcing one’s ideas onto others – not easy, but needs to

         be done to fully recover.  

         With a deficiency in the Kidney energy, timidity,

         general fear, sexual problems and fatigue would be

         prominent, and would imply exhaustion.

         Our Constitutional energy, often called Kidney energy,

         supports our entire system, so we need a tremendous

         amount of rest, to recover. We need to look after

         ourselves by eating, playing and sleeping well, keeping

         ourselves very warm, especially the lower back, and to

         realise that there is nothing to fear. Again, this isn’t

         easy, however, there is no other way out – this problem is

         teaching us to learn what it means to love ourselves.

 

9      Insomnia with fear, fright, depression, anxiety or

        disorientation, maybe headache, stiff neck and shoulders.

        Suggested Remedies:

        This problem relates to both Kidney and Bladder energies.

         Do as in 8 above concerning the Kidney energy.

         Most likely there will be additional urinary problems e.g.

         difficulty in urinating. Disorientation, stiff neck and

         shoulders, and headache, occur due to lack of

         energy and blood fully nourishing the brain, as here there

         isn’t enough Constitutional Energy support travelling up

         through the spine to feed the brain with Essence, and

         not enough support for the Heart to pump blood against

         gravity to the top of the head.

 

         There are External and Internal causes that disturb

         sleep, which need to be addressed to ensure that

         Insomnia does actually exist, and are not included in the

         above Syndromes.

 

External Causes

 1      Awakened by children.

 2      Awakened easily by Light – usually suggests an Emotional

          Problem, and is related to the Liver/Gall Bladder energy,

          which is the  ‘Seat of the Emotions”.

3        Awakened easily by Noise – usually suggests a Digestive

          problem, and is related to the Spleen/Pancreas.

4        Uncomfortable bed.

5        Use of Electronic devices before going to sleep.

          The Blue light from Kindles, ipads, Mobiles, stops the

           production of Melatonin – created in darkness by the body

           enabling sleep – this is why we tend to sleep more in the

           Winter when it’s darker.

 Internal Causes

 1        Pain.

2         Excess Urination – implies a weakness of Kidney energy.

3         Addiction problems.

4         Illness.

5         Applying medication at night e.g. Dry Eyes needing drops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drowned in Dreams

As vulnerable as can be

You and I,

Living in the great expectation

Of love and happiness,

Not consciously realising

The emptiness of all pursuits

Of all imaginings.

True happiness triumphantly awaits

Until all is let go of.

Then you and I become us,

Humanity is realised as One,

The One and only Infinite One –

Radiating forth as it always has done

Since beginningless time.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch

In time and space,

The vulnerable You and I

Are drowned in dreams.

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Good Health

Feb 3, 2013

 Good Health is everything to us, as without it life cannot be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To discover simple and effective ways to stay healthy and happy, we need to have a deeper understanding of the Natural Laws which govern our wellbeing.

 The Ancient Traditional Eastern Approach with its simple and highly effective and profound understanding of the causes of disharmony on all levels, with its very practical pro-active Diagnostic techniques, cutting through confusion, and over reactive palliative responses, delivers the treatment required, based on the cause and not on the symptoms or ‘messengers’, enabling the Practitioner to help patients to focus on Prevention, reducing the possibility of a relapse.

 Over thousands of years Chinese doctors were paid when their patient’s were in Good Health, (similar to our present day insurance schemes), and if they became ill, payments would cease until he cured them with Diet, Exercises – Tai Qi, Qi Kung, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and Preventative Advice.

 A clear understanding of our Constitutional energy – (the strength of which has to be determined by the practitioner to be able to give the correct treatment), and a clear understanding of our Energy obtained from food and air, combined with a deep knowledge of Blood, Essence, Body Fluids, and Spirit, creates a firm platform from which we can gain confidence. From these we can develop an even deeper awareness of the Physical, Energetic, Mental (emotions, thoughts and feelings), and the Spiritual aspects of ourselves.

 We can reverse most of our health problems, slow down our Ageing Process, and heal ourselves on all levels, with the inspiring possibility of reaching Optimum Health.

 More on Preventative Medicine to follow.

 K.J.Ashton, MATCM, Lic Ac, Dip CHM.

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Crisis Medicine

CRISIS MEDICINE

Is it intelligent to have a form of medicine that waits for health crises to happen, and springs into action with expensive, often ineffective, palliative medicines and invasive, traumatising surgery?

This is practised throughout the mainstream medical services of the world, and carries on without considering the obvious alternative – Preventative Medicine.

Generally, Western medicine identifies itself with a palliative approach in dealing with disease, mainly because it doesn’t understand the cause, has a great fear of death, and is pressurised by pharmaceutical companies.

It focusses on the symptoms of a health problem, and doesn’t have the knowledge to venture deeper to investigate the underlying cause, as even cancer is a symptom of some deeper disharmony within, often an intense unexpressed anger, hiding an underlying unexpressed deep sadness. Unexpressed pent up emotions, will eventually manifest as a physical problem, if not acknowledged and dealt with. Dealing with our problems on deeper levels will Prevent all kinds of illnesses manifesting into the body.

Western Medicine has closed its mind on the fact that Prevention is the Cure, skimming the surface, and not concerning itself with the patient’s emotional life and their wholeness.

Cancer, Diabetes, and Heart disease are on the increase, and antibiotics are losing their power.

Pharmaceutical companies are becoming more and more desperate for ideas, and are continually producing palliative toxic drugs, often leaving the patient debilitated with a low immune system, and a poor quality of life, due to the toxic overload.

Preventative Medicine is the answer, not toxic drugs!

We all need to wake up and make the necessary changes we need for a healthy and happy society.

The transition to reliance on Preventative Medicine will take time, eventually ending our reliance on the 2 major tyrannies with the Western approach, and they are Specialisation e.g. Heart specialists who do not understand the deeper connections between the organs, and Standardisation e.g. HRT for all women who want it, without any consideration for their specific physical, energetic, mental and spiritual state.

Would it not be a better idea to train our doctor’s to see the wholeness of a person, and treat the body, energy, mind and spirit of an individual, instead of dealing with isolated aspects? All our problems arise from our state of mind, so that’s a good place to start.

Here is a typical scenario which is happening today and every day in doctor’s surgeries, ignoring the deeper problems of the patient:

A person visits a doctor with a relatively mild condition, and is given an antibiotic or other prescription drugs which cause side-effects, and serious ones in some cases.

The person returns to the doctor, who gives them another pill to counteract the side effects of the first drug. The second drug causes further side-effects, worsening the patient’s condition. A third pill is given to counteract the side effects of the side effects.

Confused, and frustrated, the doctor hands over responsibility to a specialist, who often will operate, and so it goes on.

What started out as a minor problem became life-threatening, creating unecessary suffering at great expense for society.

I must point out, however, that my personal experience with doctors and surgeons throughout my life has been caring and comforting, even though any treatment in the form of creams and pills etc, have been palliative.

Western medicine is superlative at using technology to identify internal disturbances, but not so good at curing them.

Here is an example from my experience as a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

A patient came to see me, and I suspected cancer, as did her homeopath. I advised her to visit her GP, who said it was only internal haemorrhoids and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Soon after, she started to bleed intensely, and had to be admitted to hospital, as it became an emergency situation. After various tests cancer of the anus was confirmed. For about nine months her bowels had not been working efficiently. She would go to the loo 20 times a day, with mainly a watery substance being evacuated, hardly any stool formation, which means that there wasn’t enough energy in the digestive tract to form a normal stool. The evacuation became uncontrollable, (i.e. minimal energy in the anus, colon and small intestine to hold anything inside), and at the age of 53, she had to wear a nappy all day and night.

The underlying cause of her problem was a very stressful job, working for a multinational company, causing her to worry excessively over a long period of time, which had depleted the energy of her digestive tract, which in turn manifested as the bowel problem. Worry/over concern being the root causes of digestive problems on the mental level, which eventually over a long period of time, manifests as a physical symptom.

Minimal energy was reaching her extremity, so her body possessing its own natural intelligence, as we all have, decided that that part of the body was no longer required, and so it decided to die via the anal cancerous growth.

If you have a symptom of any kind whatsoever, you cannot achieve Optimum Health, and in this case the symptom (or Messenger) of extreme watery diarrhoea, had to be remedied as quickly as possible. in order to strengthen the immune system, so that the patient has the best chance to fight off the cancer for herself.

What happened, was that they offered chemo-therapy and radio-therapy for 5 consecutive weeks, but did absolutely nothing about the bowel problem! I was astonished and this was not reassuring, and I wondered what kind of training doctors were receiving if they didn’t realise the vital importance of restoring normal bowel activity!

Although I didn’t mention this incompetence to my patient – I simply said that it was imperative to heal the bowel, in this case using acupuncture, herbal medicine, resting, and positive thinking, to strengthen the immune system, and thereby helping to keep in check the side effects of the hospital treatment, and give her the best chance to fight off the problem.

After a few weeks, her bowels started to heal, and she was very surprised how her energy had increased throughout her treatment, confirming that her immune system was strengthening.

I saw her recently, and she was very happy, as her stools were now fully formed, faithfully taking the herbal powders three times daily, and acupuncture once a week.

Also, she had just seen her doctor at the hospital, who said that the tumour had gone, and that the next stage was to perform a PET scan which will highlight any active cancer cells that might be elsewhere in her body.

Incidentally, he asked how her bowels were doing!

Anyway, this is a good example of Eastern and Western medicines working together, unknown to the doctor of course, who most likely would have advised her against other types of treatment, which is usually the case.

Western medicine has a great ability to save lives when there is a crisis, and this is admirable, and there will always be cases even if Preventative Medicine was used as the main cure, that serious medical situations will arise where Western medicine would be the only way forward to save a life. However, crisis medicine, i.e. waiting for disease to happen, works against itself by creating complicated and unnecessary problems, and costs billions to sustain – sheer madness!

If we had a medical service that focussed on prevention, our need for so many costly operations, and the great suffering that people experience with invasive treatments, would not be necessary.

There is a flip side, and that is that the scientific discoveries that enhance operational techniques, has meant less invasion of the body when operating, and some of these discoveries are also used in other areas of life to help Humanity.

So there is a balance to be achieved, between the energetic, intuitive medicine practised by alternative health practitioners, which is based on disease Prevention with a deep understanding of the cause, and the scientific approach, which always needs ‘proof’, to continue, is costly, and can take a long time to develop.

The medical knowledge from Chinese,Tibetan, Indian and other Ancient Wisdoms, has been completely overlooked, perhaps considered too simplistic.

These Ancient Wisdoms realised that as human beings we must develop harmony between our Spiritual, Mental, Subtle (Energetic) and Physical bodies, for a happy, healthy life.

We are too ‘headstrong’ in the West – we need more Heart. To bring about a balance of Head and Heart, will enable both East and West to share their wisdoms, and then Humanity will benefit enormously, eliminating much intense suffering. Bring it on!

 K.J.Ashton, MATCM, Lic Ac, DipCHM.

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Preventative Medicine – Optimum Health

 

 

PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE – OPTIMUM HEALTH

Feb 3, 2013

 Good Health is everything to us, as without it life cannot be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To discover simple and effective ways to stay healthy and happy, we need to have a deeper understanding of the Natural Laws which govern our wellbeing.

 The Ancient Traditional Eastern Approach with its simple and highly effective and profound understanding of the causes of disharmony on all levels, with its very practical pro-active Diagnostic techniques, cutting through confusion, and over reactive palliative responses, delivers the treatment required, based on the cause and not on the symptoms or ‘messengers’, enabling the Practitioner to help patients to focus on Prevention, reducing the possibility of a relapse.

 Over thousands of years Chinese doctors were paid when their patient’s were in Good Health, (similar to our present day insurance schemes), and if they became ill, payments would cease until he cured them with Diet, Exercises – Tai Qi, Qi Kung, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and Preventative Advice.

 A clear understanding of our Constitutional energy – (the strength of which has to be determined by the practitioner to be able to give the correct treatment), and a clear understanding of our Energy obtained from food and air, combined with a deep knowledge of Blood, Essence, Body Fluids, and Spirit, creates a firm platform from which we can gain confidence. From these we can develop an even deeper awareness of the Physical, Energetic, Mental (emotions, thoughts and feelings), and the Spiritual aspects of ourselves.

 We can reverse most of our health problems, slow down our Ageing Process, and heal ourselves on all levels, with the inspiring possibility of reaching Optimum Health.

 More on Preventative Medicine to follow.

 K.J.Ashton, MATCM, Lic Ac, Dip CHM.

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Emotions

The Emotions

The basic emotions related to organ function are anger, excessive (manic) joy, anxiety, worry/pensiveness, grief, sadness, fear, and shock (sudden intense fear/shock). Although the mind/body connection has been acknowledged only relatively recently in Western medicine, the interaction of emotions with the physical body is an essential aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Each organ has a corresponding emotion; imbalance of this emotion can affect the organ’s function. For example, prolonged anger can lead to an imbalance in the liver. At the same time, liver imbalances can produce symptoms of anger, often leading to a self-perpetuating cycle.
In discussing the emotional aspect of the disease process, it is important to remember that it is normal to experience the full range of emotions. It is only when a particular emotion is experienced over a prolonged period or with particular intensity that it becomes a source of imbalance. It is obviously important for a person with severe emotional problems to get professional help from a trained psychotherapist. But even in these cases, the therapy is more effective when the corresponding organ imbalance is rectified. Acupuncture is especially effective in treating disorders of the emotions. Even when it is not completely effective in treating a physical ailment, it almost always brings about a state of emotional peacefulness.

Chinese Dietary Therapy

Chinese dietary therapy is an integral part of Chinese medicine and is based upon the principles of the Four Qi (warm and hot, cool and cold) & Five Tastes.

Common Yin-Yang Food Actions

Yang

Yin

Warming (warm & hot)

Cooling (cool & cold)

Sweet, pungent

Salty, bitter, sour

Energising

Building blood and fluid

Ascending energy

Descending energy

Vegetation above the ground

Vegetation below the ground

The 5 tastes/flavours also correspond to the organ systems.

SWEET

Yang, heating, Earth Element, affinity with Late Summer/Transition, moves upwards &       outwards, enters the Spleen (the master of digestion and also includes the pancreas), strengthens, harmonises, moistens dryness (good), produces Dampness (bad), builds tissue (good), creates fat (bad). The Sweet taste relates to the Earth element, which is associated with the Spleen and Stomach. Foods with a naturally sweet flavour, such as certain vegetables, fruits, grain and meats are strengthening, boost the Qi (energy) and moisten by producing fluids. However, if too much sweet food in the form of sugars, sweeteners and juices are taken in, it will lead to Dampness and depress the Spleen. The energy of the Spleen has 2 massive functions:

It transports and transforms everything within the body.

SALTY 

Yin, cooling, Water Element, affinity with Winter, moves downwards & inwards, enters the Kidney and Bladder, regulates fluids, detoxifies, softens (good), hardens (bad). A small amount of the salty taste has the action of taking things down and softening hard lumps – this is usually done with a particular salty herb combined with several other Chinese herbs, An excess of salt tends to take things upwards and create hardening.

BITTER

Yin, cooling, Fire Element, affinity with Summer, descending, enters the Heart, reduces excess, promotes digestion, dries Dampness and clears Heat (good), too much will cause dryness (bad).

SOUR

Yin, cooling, Wood Element, affinity with Spring, contracting & astringent, stops leakage, enters Liver, consolidates (good), tenses (bad).

PUNGENT, AROMATIC, SPICY. Yang, warming, Metal Element, affinity with Autumn, upwards & outwards, promotes circulation, aids digestion, induces sweating, enters the Lung – Distributes (good), scatters (bad). If a person’s energy is weak, avoid pungent foods, as the pores will open and energy will leak out e.g. avoid curries.

Nutritional Healing – Chinese Dietary Therapy

NUTRITIONAL HEALING

Chinese dietary therapy is an integral part of Chinese medicine and is based upon the principles of the Four Qi (warm and hot, cool and cold) & Five Tastes.

Common Yin-Yang Food Actions

Yang

Yin

Warming (warm & hot)

Cooling (cool & cold)

Sweet, pungent

Salty, bitter, sour

Energising

Building blood and fluid

Ascending energy

Descending energy

Vegetation above the ground

Vegetation below the ground

The 5 tastes/flavours also correspond to the organ systems.

SWEET

Yang, heating, Earth Element, affinity with Late Summer/Transition, moves upwards & outwards, enters the Spleen (the master of digestion and also includes the pancreas), strengthens, harmonises, moistens dryness (good), produces Dampness (bad), builds tissue (good), creates fat (bad). The Sweet taste relates to the Earth element, which is associated with the Spleen and Stomach. Foods with a naturally sweet flavour, such as certain vegetables, fruits, grain and meats are strengthening, boost the Qi (energy) and moisten by producing fluids. However, if too much sweet food in the form of sugars, sweeteners and juices are taken in, it will lead to Dampness and depress the Spleen. The energy of the Spleen has 2 massive functions:It transports and transforms everything within the body.

SALTY 

Yin, cooling, Water Element, affinity with Winter, moves downwards & inwards, enters the Kidney and Bladder, regulates fluids, detoxifies, softens (good), hardens (bad). A small amount of the salty taste has the action of taking things down and softening hard lumps – this is usually done with a particular salty herb combined with several other Chinese herbs, An excess of salt tends to take things upwards and create hardening.

BITTER

Yin, cooling, Fire Element, affinity with Summer, descending, enters the Heart (paired with the Small Intestine), reduces excess, promotes digestion, dries Dampness and clears Heat (good), too much will cause dryness (bad).

SOUR

Yin, cooling, Wood Element, affinity with Spring, contracting & astringent, stops leakage, enters Liver (paired with the Gall Bladder) , consolidates (good), tenses (bad).

PUNGENT, AROMATIC, SPICY. Yang, warming, Metal Element, Lungs and Large Intestine, affinity with Autumn, energy moves upwards & outwards, promotes circulation, aids digestion, induces sweating, enters the Lung – Distributes (good), scatters (bad). If a person’s energy is weak, avoid pungent foods, as the pores in the upper body will open and energy will leak out e.g. avoid curries.