We had discussed some people with little or no Will Power, nor Intention to set up a clear and compelling vision as life goal. And we attributed that to the weakness in Kidneys Qi / energy.
We also have the opposite. Excessive determination and Will Power, wanting even to conquer everything in the whole world..
As such they have problem to prioritize and focus well, resulting in achievement in little or nothing.
How do we explain the above from Yellow Emperor”s Inner Classic perspectives?
We start explaining using the 5-element Theory.
Kidneys belong to Water. When the water is strong and excessive, moving in all direction, then the water is not under good control.
As per 5-element theory, Earth can Control Water. For example, when the river water is overflowing, a dam (earth) can be used to control the running water.
Kidneys are represented by Water and Spleen is represented by Earth. And Spleen has the function of Thinking and Analysis. Then much thinking and analysis are required to chart a clearer and manageable life direction to manage.
If the Thinking capability is not well functioning, it also implies the Spleen, physiologically not in good balance.
We can use this Model to observe and understand some behavioral pattern of an autistic child. Hyperactive, throwing tantrum, not able to focus well in study.
The child uses a lot of Kidneys-energy, with persistence / will power in demanding what he or she wants, But he is weak in Spleen / Stomach energy.
Tantrum may appear behavioral problem, but it is not. It is physiological problems that need to be addressed first, i.e. the Spleen and Stomach functionalities.
With more knowledge gained from Yellow Emperor”s Inner Classic , we can then help the autistic child to strengthen the functionalities of Spleen and Stomach with the appropriate diets that suit his or her body constituents.
From the above example, we see that kidneys problems need treatment at Spleen and Stomach also. So unlike Western Medicine who does not see relationship among organs.
We have our own experiences that it is not easy to balance Spleen and Stomach. There are so many delicious foods as temptation. Furthermore too much thinking and worries, Spleen and Stomach get attacked all the time.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are explained in details in the video training.“Organs Functionalities 五脏六腑”， “5-elements theory 五行学说 ” ，”Earth controls Water 土克水” “Kidneys represented by Water 肾属水”，”Spleen represented by Earth 脾属土” ，”Kidneys like Hercules 肾为大力士”， “Liver manifests in anger 肝主怒?“，”Liver likes radiating with 肝主疏泄”
We talked about Medicine Diet, and we used maize strand of fibers as an example. And we talked about the strand of fibers can give rise to several health benefit.
One Group member asked : “Can maize strands of fibers help reduce High Blood Pressure?”
I can see most people are influenced by the Western Nutrition Theory, that certain foods prevent certain illnesses, like cancers, high blood pressure etc.
This also implies they focus on “Nutritious” and “Prevention”, whereas Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic Food System is on improving the basic human body functionalities, which if well balanced, prevent illnesses.
So, “Can maize strands of fibers help reduce High Blood Pressure?”
My reply is : “It can help, but not a guarantee it will reduce High
Blood Pressure or other illnesses.”
The main functionality of maize strand of fibers is to ease “irrigation system” in the body, a part of metabolism, helping to remove toxic substances from the body.
By logic, we know that accumulated toxin in the body, trapped, can lead to all sorts of diseases and sicknesses.
But then just by improving the irrigation system of the body is no guarantee no more HIgh Blood Pressure or other illnesses.
It is the failure of one or several 5 key organs functionalities that give rise to illnesses, not just irrigation system alone.
For example, a good balanced Spleen and Stomach functionalities are important too.
However in your daily diet plan, do you consider how many times in a month you need using foods to improve your irrigation system in your body, together with the other diets that can help improving the organs functionalities?
The above is a more important focus of your diet.
For adults, who are currently healthy, may feel lazy to be use proper food system. But if you have autistic child or sick persons in the family, you cannot afford to be lazy lo.
Can Food “A” cure a disease and Food “B” prevent another disease?
Can it be that simple?
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are explained in details in the video training.“Medicine Diet 药膳”， “”Organs Functionalities 五脏六腑功能” “Irrigation System 利水” “Ease Urination 利尿”，。。。
Not long ago we talked about Medicine Diet, using maize strand of fibres as an example. One of the key properties of which is “Improve the body liquid metabolism.
Most people pay a lot of attention to heart issues, high blood pressure etc. but little on the effectiveness of metabolism.
“Improve the body liquid metabolism. “利水”? Why is it important?
Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (YEIC) says : “Liquid metabolism is like body irrigation system, There must be good balance between too little or too much liquid. And the irrigation system must also ensure smooth and effective urination.”
On diet, with influence by the Western Nutrition Theory, we are overly focusing on supplement, nutritious quality of goods for health reason.
Even the notion of “health” is also a very fuzzy idea, rather abstract. It is like saying “I want happiness”. Some people consider plenty of money to eat what you like and to enjoy all the material things in life is Happiness.
There is no definite definition of health and what it entails.
Besides focusing on the what are nutritious foods, our minds are also occupied by conscious or unconscious worries about illnesses, high blood pressure, cancers. And these prompt people to buy all sort of supplements to prevent illnesses.
When the doctor says your sickness is related to metabolism problem, resulting in diabetes, uric acid, etc. We just accept it as a fact and inquire no further. And we just obey and take doctor’s prescribed medicines.
Here we have a case of maize strand of fibres that has the property to improve metabolism. Yet we are not aware of. Of course in Chinese food system, there are thousands of foods with documented food properties to ensure our body operates in optimal condition.
Can you make guesses, if our metabolism is out of order, what has it got to do with cancers, autism, Parkinson, diabetes?
We know that our body is 60-70% makes up of water. The water consists of many other types of liquids. The healthy part, ancient sages called :Pure Qi with minute particles), what today Western scientists called hormone, secretion, endocrine etc.
Then there is another portion called Impure Qi “浊气”, like toxin, uric acid, etc. The ancient sages classified impure Qi in Phlegm, Dampness, Blood stasis, etc. And these Impure Qi must not retain in the body too long, must be expelled.
The expulsion is done through functionalities like breathing out, sweating, urination and passing stools.
But today highly stressed lifestyle, excessive consumption of nutritious foods, much of these impure qi and substances get stuck in the body.
Over time, these affect the blood circulation and further make worse the metabolism process, they develop into tumors, cancers, affecting health and work performance etc.
We can now more and more appreciate how the ancient sages’ advice, like not just focus on supplement our body with more nutritious foods, but also consider the effectiveness of the expulsion of impure Qi and substances from our body. Isn’t this very are relevant and applicable in our modern daily life.
Only maize strands of fibre can help water metabolism? Surely not, there are many other foods. For example :
Winter melon; mustard; barley, papaya, red beans, coix seed, mung bean, kelp, mushroom. .
With good understanding of the YEIC theories on organs functionalities, able to correlate to Food System, we can practice Life Cultivation without incurring too much costs.
Do you flush your toilet?
Do you flush toxin from your body system consciously? Or you just depend on your sweating, urination and passing motion? How do you know that is sufficient? Why not learn to use ancient food therapy that can help you flash your body toxin naturally.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are explained in details in the video training.“Medicine Diet 药膳”，””Organs Functionalities 五脏六腑功能” “Food Properties 食物功效” “，。。。
From the Western Science we get the fact that : Up to 60% of the human adult body is water by weight, the brain is composed of 73% water.
What is the function of the brain having 73% water?
We shall discuss with simple logic.
3000 years ago, ancient wisdom as per Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic, says, the brain is filled with Sea or Ocean. They had the notion that the brain is in fluid medium, “脑为髓之海”， though they did not have the technology to measure the actual amount. But they knew like what today scientists know.
Why brain has so much water or fluid content?
We can say that logically the brain needs a lot of energy to function, to think, to analyse, to co-ordinate all stimuli and information to create sensible perception and make sense of reality.
In Chinese culture, there is an interesting concept called “Medicine Diet 药膳”
It is delicious foods and at the same time it is medicines.
It can be a soup, porridge, a dish, added with some simple herbs, then it becomes “Medicine Diet”.
I give a very simple example.
Maize is a simple and common food. When you peel off the leafy-skin, you see strands of fibres wrapping round the corns. These strands of fibres, washed, soak in hot water, it becomes Medicine-tea.”玉米须”
What are the properties “
Improve the body liquid metabolism. Helps to remove water retention in the body. Ease urination. Cool down kidneys, liver inflammation, helps lower high blood pressure, …
And there are many recipes involving this strands of fibers, in the form of soup, juice, porridge, each again have slightly different properties.
Most of these information were recorded thousands of years ago. Ancient sages tasted different foods to find out their properties and effect on our body.
When we have better knowledge of the change Yin and Yang in our body at different time and situations, we can do balancing using Medicine Diets, enjoy the delicious foods and keep us healthy.
Do you know that Up to 60% of the human adult body is water by weight, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water?
What do you think is the significance of our body has high percentage of water? Imagine in a city, there is water supply problem, drainage problems, flooding problem, or shortage of water problem!
We are overly concerned with blood pressure, high blood pressure. With out body having so high percentage of water, more than blood, do you pay attention to the optimal water equilibrium in the body? Do you think there is high and low water pressure problems?
3000 years ago, Yellow Emperor’s Inner classic pays equal attention to water and blood in our body, and of course the Qi. to ensure better optimal condition for health.
Body fluid must be at certain optimal equilibrium. If too little, ancient wisdom calls it “Yin Deficient”, if too much “Yin Excessive”.
The above maize fibers strand is one of the methods to balance the Yin and Yang of our body water system.
We will discuss more in our Video Training courses.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are explained in details in the video training.Medicine Diets “药膳，药食同源”，””Organs Functionalities 五脏六腑功能” 。