Can Chinese medicine use diet, lifestyle and exercise to treat my condition?

 

Yes.

 

Diet

There are many ways in which diet can affect your health including relating to the following:

  •          Seasonal foods
  •          Meal times / routine
  •          Food combinations
  •          Individual constitution and body types
  •          Flavours

Food can affect:

  •          pH levels in your body
  •          your mood
  •          underlying conditions
  •          the development of severe conditions

 

Lifestyle

Stress has been known to induce and contribute to a range of conditions, including heart disease, blood pressure, an unhealthy metabolism, dysfunctional immunity, weight gain, muscle tension, psychosomatic illnesses, and the likelihood of a stroke.

To stay healthy, try to eat well, exercise, and live within a positive and uncluttered environment. Try not to overburden yourself, and take time out of your day to walk around in the natural environment, take in some fresh air, and unclutter your thoughts. In this way, you will restore balance and calmness back into your life in order to balance a busy daily routine.

 

Exercise

Exercises during the morning, afternoon and night, whether it is small movements of the body to get the blood moving around the body or an intense cardio work out, can assist in achieving a state of relaxation of both the mind and body. Three forms of Traditional Chinese exercise are Tai Chi, using Baoding Balls, and Qi Gong.

Tai Chi uses slow, smooth body movements and was developed in China as a form of self-defence but is practised in modern times as gentle exercise or moving meditation. Tai Chi consists of a series of graceful postures and slow, flowing body movements.

Using Baoding balls in the palm of the hand is a form of alternative medicine that is beneficial to pressure points or acupuncture points on the hand. They are known to boost the circulation of the blood whilst relaxing the joints and muscles in the arm.

Qi Gong is closely related to TCM, which includes the theories of Yin/Yang, channels (the meridian system) and organ systems (Viscera/Zang-fu). It is also closely tied to the practice of martial arts. The variety of postures relaxes the muscles and calm the mind. The effect on circulation and general body tone can be seen after only a few weeks of practice. Other changes, including relaxation, that begin to permeate an individual’s daily life, come gradually over a period of months.

Abnormal signs when doing exercise include:

  •      Dizziness: might indicate abnormities in the cardiovascular system or around the neck and spinal cord. If this happens reduce the strength of exercise.
  •      Headache: If this happens stop the exercise and check nervous system and cardiovascular system.
  •      Heavy breathing: If recovery to normal breathing takes a long rest after exercise, if this happens check the respiratory system.
  •      Thirst: If individuals still feel thirsty after drinking a considerate amount of water, if this happens check spleen function.
  •      Hunger: if appetite increases continuously and by a large amount, of this happens check spleen function. 
  •      Loss of appetite: if the loss of appetite still exists after a long time resting, if this happens check the digestive system.