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In this update you will find a list of common symptoms and ailments that are usually evolved from an overall pattern of excessive heat inside the organs and cells of the body.
When you are dealing with a body that has become out of balance, then do remember that it is unlikely you would get all of these symptoms. You may just have a few of them.
Many of these symptoms may also come from causes other than excessive internal heat. So to establish if they are likely to have been caused by heat, look for multiple signs of your system generally overheating.
With the big patterns that build up in the body and can cause illnesses, all you are trying to do is establish where your body type is generally. Such as, is it an overheated system or is it too cold? Is it too dry or is it too damp? And so forth.
Also please note that due to the limitations of a blog, this is just a short description of likely heat related symptoms. If you require a more in depth list and fuller explanation of these symptoms then you can find them in my book or by consulting a practitioner of Eastern Medicine.
So here they are, heat symptoms ...
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So far we have talked about how internal heat can damage your body and the types of symptoms to look for to show that your body is overheating.
In this last part of the series, I will tell you some of the things you can do to reduce the levels of heat, and to bring your body and mind back into a more harmonious and healthy state.
Firstly let’s look at three of the most common ways which lead to the body overheating and causing problems on the inside; in areas like the brain, organs and tissues …
1) Diet – Heat can come about through the consumption of two different flavors of food. They are spicy and sweet foods.
Adapted from my book "Superior Health : The Secrets Of The Chinese And Eastern Way"
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Genes and germs.
There are two aspects that modern Western Medicine projects as the cause of many diseases; these are genes and germs. In this article we will examine how credible this viewpoint is.
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Eastern Medicine looks at illness and an unhealthy body in a very different way than Western Medicine.
In general Eastern medicine will try to establish a bigger overall pattern that is leading to symptoms being expressed in the body, whereas Western Medicine often just looks at and treats individual symptoms in isolation.
The problem with this is that even when it is successful at eliminating symptoms, the underlying weakness or agitation which allowed the illness to manifest, can often just cause a new problem to spring up in a different location. You might fix one problem but the state in the body which caused it has been allowed to remain and fester.
For example, we could take the case of a cancer having been treated by surgery, chemo and radiotherapy. If the patient survives these intense treatments and the cancerous cells have been removed, then this is deemed a success, a “cure” by Western Medicine. From an Eastern perspective you have not addressed the vitally important question of what caused the cancer in the first place. If you do not address the causes of the cancer, then even if you have eradicated the mutated cells, the patient is still left vulnerable to a re-occurrence of it at a future stage in their life.
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(The information for this article was taken from my book "Superior Health : Secrets Of The Chinese And Eastern Way").
The human being, in its current form Homo Sapiens, has according to most historians been on this planet for about the last 80,000 to 120,000 years. Our bodies have been in roughly the same form all that time.
Because of this they have evolved in a certain fashion and we are stuck in those ways. We cannot break free from them in the space of 10, 50, 100 or even 200 years.
In past times people lived simply; when it became bright, people would get up, hunt, gather foods, and then eat them. When it got dark they would go off to bed and sleep. There wasn’t much else they could do. Obviously they couldn’t stay up and watch television, do shift work, eat meals or anything else throughout the night.
Because of our slow evolution, we are stuck with an internal biological clock that dictates when our bodies and its organs are functioning at their peaks for different tasks.
For example, from morning to afternoon, because of the times we used to eat at, the energy in our digestive systems is at its most powerful. While in the evening it becomes sluggish and less able to process food. Recent scientific studies have shown that if you eat food at night you will gain substantially more weight and fat than if you eat the exact same food earlier in the day.
At night, for about four hours after 10 to 11 pm, when we should be sleeping, our bodies will use this opportunity to emit growth hormones to repair, replace and rebuild cells. Because of the work these hormones do, we now know that the old saying about going to bed and getting a good night’s sleep to keep you beautiful and young, is actually true.
Our bodies too are used to breaking down unprocessed, unrefined simpler more natural foods. They are not structured to deal with many of the chemicals, additives and preservatives now found in our food supply. Preservatives are put in to prevent nature from breaking down foods; the problem is when they end up in us they are interfering with our natural ability to digest foods too. A build up of these chemicals can eventually lead to high levels of toxicity and cause disease in our bodies.
Our physical systems aren’t built to cope with life in a 24 hour society, nor are our brains designed to process the vast amount of information we are now being exposed to in our media and technology driven culture. Technology has very definitely well out paced us. And unfortunately from this overload, high rates of depression, anxiety, stress and emotional apathy have begun to become the norm in today’s society.
Science has provided us with many fantastic improvements and comforts in our lives but we must never forget that our bodies are still part of nature and the more we move out of our natural rhythms the more sick we tend to become. This is clearly evident from the ever escalating rates of diabetes, dementia, heart disease, cancer, obesity and so many others that seem to be accompanying technology in our modern world.
Sometimes common sense is also more relevant to our lives than scientific fact. For example, we all know that the earth undeniably revolves around the sun. This is an indisputable fact. However, the common observation of the sun moving over our heads and across the earth from morning to night, giving it the appearance of revolving around us and the earth, has much more of a bearing and impact on our real lives. It has many more practical implications for the human being, it dictates our sleep, our work, our meal times and even times for socializing.
Sometimes common sense, practical and natural approaches are much more influential, important and relevant to our everyday lives than technical science is. Chinese and Eastern medical science tends to try to fit in with more natural laws and observations. They are more concerned with functioning and practical responses in the human being than with the minute structures of cells.
Most often as long as we are making the right changes in our lives on the bigger level; then all the smaller parts which make up the body, will automatically change right along with these bigger processes, ( as we will clearly see in forthcoming blogs). Eastern Medicine sees nature as having superior knowledge in its own design and in its design of the human being. It therefore tries to assist and guide people back into a balanced natural state, allowing their own bodies to perform any complex healing at microscopic levels. The body created itself in the first place. And if it becomes unwell, then when it is given the opportunity and right circumstances provided by Eastern Medicine and right living, it alone truly knows best how to rebuild and heal itself.
In the blog I will be adding new articles, tips, news and feature about how you can increase your well being in all aspects of your mind, body and soul. I will be writing about the methods of the great philosophies and medical systems of the ancient Eastern masters and also any relevant information and knowledge from current teachers, scientists and gurus from all around the world.
Articles will cover everything about life and beyond. From how to manage your diet, exercise and lifestyle. To looking after your mental and emotional health. To the really important stuff of finding peace, joy, love and fulfilment in your existence. And to making an investment in your long term spiritual well being.
I will be providing a fresh perspective and guide on up to date trends and new technologies in our modern society. In particular, I will be discussing and highlighting any parts which may pose a risk and be hazardous to our mental, physical or emotional health.
All these issues will be discussed over time in this blog.
I will also keep you up to date with any changes or treatments available at the Leixlip Chinese Medicine Clinics, which serve the people of Leixlip and the surrounding Dublin areas.
So be sure to check back regularly, or you might miss out on some helpful and insightful, great new ways of seeing and understanding life.
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