This article was adapted from my book "Superior Health : The Secrets Of The Chinese And Eastern Way" ...
Quite often in the East you will hear of the terms Yin and Yang. Taken literally, Yin means the dark side of the mountain and Yang means the bright side of the mountain. They represent the seemingly opposite states of life which interflow and eventually act to rebalance each other.
In nature after one state reaches its peak it generally starts to create the other. Night turns to day, heat turns to cold. Even molten lava eventually cools into hard cold stone. Everything ebbs and flows backwards and forwards in a state of constant change and mutual support. If it remains too hot such as in a dessert, or too cold such as in the arctic, then most living things cannot be sustained and life diminishes.
In the body it is the same. We can swing from one set of conditions into another. However if we stay too long in any extreme state we can start to damage ourselves. To stay healthy we need to keep everything in the middle, where it is reasonably balanced. If we do something that pushes away from this state of balance then we often become ill.
However if it becomes quite hot in summer and we still consume these heating foods then we will find we begin to over heat on the inside. As the heat intensifies, it burns up the nutrients in the body and can start to badly damage cells leading to disease. Even too much sun in summertime often shows this as its intense heat can dry out and damage our skin, destroying cells and burning away nutrients.
To stay healthy we need to remain in the middle ground. Any extreme condition created in the body often causes ill health. Extremes can come from heat, cold, dryness or dampness and so on. They can be too much or too little of a substance or even the under or over functioning of organs.
Over time in this blog, I will discuss how to spot key signs of the body starting to go out of balance, and then provide information on how to rectify this. If you can catch these signs in their early stages, then you can quite easily reverse them, remain healthy and avoid any ills they would most likely lead to.
In simplest terms, once you have figured out what’s gone wrong in your internal system, you basically need to do the opposite to fix it. Too much cold, then heat things up; too much stagnation, then get things moving; too toxic, then flush the body clean; and so forth.
Throughout your life you will find your body constantly changes. As you age and naturally slow down, your body will need to be readjusted. If you are working or exercising too much or too little, your background life needs to be changed. If you become stressed or emotional, changes in the background can again offset this and bring you back into balance.
Through this, you will find you can successfully manage your body and avoid the states and conditions that will lead to and cause most sicknesses.