The Way of Eating as Healthy as A Cure
Chinese has a saying: Ginger is as Ginseng in the morning, as arsenic in the evening. What does that actually mean? It means: If you eat ginger in the morning, it would be as tonic as drinking Ginseng soup; if you eat it in the evening, it is as harmful as drinking poison. Some people like to drink ginger juice as much addicted as to alcohol, feeling warm. If you drank it in the evening, it would gradually disrupt our qi of yin, resulting in loss of balance of yin and yang, and hence many diseases.
Some people ask, which Chinese medicine is poisonous, which is not? Traditional Chinese Medicinal believes both medicine and food come from the same origin and all the foods can be used as cure, even simply water. For example, just mix half raw cold water and half boiled water together, it can be used as adjuvant therapy for insanity, but for normal people, it is harmful to their health to drink this kind of water. So if a good thing is used correctly, it will take a better effect; if used incorrectly, however good it is, it will inflict damage.
People often ask what things are better not to eat. I recommend not to eat raw, grilled, fried and greasy foods, not to smoke and drink less. The drinking time shall be noted of, too. Young and middle aged people are better not to drink in the evening, while elder people may drink a little wine in the evening. Vegetables and animal meat foods shall not be eaten raw, neither foods directly from refrigerator, nor frozen foods. Fruit can be eaten at room temperature. Eat a balanced diet, and daily food should have a right amount of grain (such as wheat, rice, corn, oats and others alternatively), a variety of beans, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, green vegetables and fruits with no picky eating habit.
Follow the Way for Better: Sleep and Living
Chinese people follow the Way even at their sleep in order to achieve the best sleep and health effect. Generally speaking, it is best if you can sleep soundly during the period from 23:00 to 5:00.
According to the health mechanism for each of twelve channels to take turn on duty every two hours, 23:00 to 1:00 is the highest time for qi of yin in our body; meanwhile qi of yang is at its initial stage, the gall bladder is in its season, controlling the hub of yin and yang in human body, with qi of yin keeping latent in the body slowly, qi of yang rising gradually. At this time, qi of yang is just like zodiac mouse coming out at midnight with the smallest body and highly viable, but very easy to get frightened, so it is the high time to repose, not disturbing the small qi of yang to avoid its damage. Besides, the gall bladder is also the human organ in charge of decision making, so if gall bladder gets damaged, it is very likely to get depressed and indecisive. Many people today suffer from depression, and those who sleep late at night are more likely to get depressed than those who go to bed early.
01 to 3:00 is the liver in season, and “a man gets his blood back to liver when lying down,” when active, human blood will flow out into all the limbs and body, with little into liver; while at repose, blood will flow into liver. After flowing into liver, blood can not only nourish liver, but also gets purified by the liver, and the new blood flows out of liver into the whole body, nourishing all the internal organs and limbs, making body even healthier. Meanwhile, liver and gall bladder are indispensable to each other, they are like a married couple, one in charge inside, one outside, and both will get affected for late sleepers. Today, more and more people suffer from liver diseases at their increasingly younger age, which is closely related with their habit of modern nightlife.
Morning 3-5 o’clock is lung in season, and among our body’s internal organs, the lung holds the post of prime minister; the morning 3-5 o’clock is the critical time for lung to allocate qi-blood into different organs and tissues of the body system and not allowed to be disturbed, so it is best for the body to be in the sound sleeping state, for average person won’t have either worldly delusions or wild fancies only at his sound sleeping state interfere with the deployment of lung.
5-7 o’clock early in the morning is large intestine in season with its vigorous activities, and you can get up at this time to do some soothingly slow exercises and drink a large glass of warm water to purify your intestines. You may also take “Shu Rong Health Morning Tea” to relieve rigidity of muscles and activate channels, refresh complexion and skin, tonify qi of yang and let the new day be full of more vitality.
Besides, the sun rises and falls differently throughout the year, so you have to sleep properly following it. In spring and summer the sun rises early and sets late with the day gaining on the night, so you should also stay up late, get up early accordingly. In autumn the sun sets early, rises early, too, you should keep early hours. In winter the night gains on the day, so people should go to bed early and get up late at the time of sunrise each day.
The world should abide by the law of the universe and nature, so at 23:00 to 5:00 o’clock you shall fall asleep to achieve optimal healthy sleeping effects. If you practice Chinese traditional qigong exercises and meditate at this time with no delusions and fancies, you can also achieve health purposes.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the human body is a microcosm corresponding with the outside macrocosm, our body must adapt to the characteristics of the universe in order to maintain health. Slimming by traditional Chinese medicine is simple and easy with neither side effects nor recurrence, it is very effective for the cases of obesity due to irregular work and diet. As for some cases of obesity due to particular diseases, the treatment specific for the causes shall proceed, meanwhile also complying with the basic principles on sleep and regimen to achieve multiple effects from the same effort.