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” 。
Symptoms are just manifestation of something unbalanced in the body system. And different people has different out of balance body system, though many of them have same symptoms.
The above question implies the person concerned has problem in Kidneys functionalities. But is that really the source of the problem?
Hence more investigation is needed.
There is the possibility that the source of the problem is not Kidney-functionalities but Lung-functionalities.
Yellow Emperor says “Lung is represented by Metal, Kidneys by Water”. And the theory further says, Metal Produces Water. If the Metal (Lungs) is out of balance, then it affects the Water (Kidneys-functionalities).
This is the challenge of due to its theory of inter-connectivity. All parts are not to be separately treated. And many other different parts can affect the part concerned. Hence the philosophy is very different from Western Medicine, which just focus on the particular part and ignore the rest.
Today many TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) doctors seem to practice like the Western Medicine doctors. They also only focus the the symptoms expressed by the patient and do not make sufficient inquiry of the larger picture.
With early discussion, more questions were posed by the members.
Question : “How do I help to bring back the Consciousness of the autistic child? (this refers to the child not able to make eye contact with the mother, not able to engage in a deeper communication on consciousness level).
“My child has sensitive nose, allergic to several things? How to treat?”
I often have to explain again that one just cannot based on an experienced symptom to understand holistically what is happening to the concerned party unbalances?”
Another question : “How can one knows whether the body constituent is Yang-deficiency or Yin-deficiency?”
Body Constituent System is a large topic, (Video training on Body Constituent System is under construction).. The body is more than just Yang or Yin-deficiency, but there are 9 types of Body Constituent.
Hence if I just answer the above question, the person may think there are only two types, which is not true.
Another question : “Under what conditions pineapple consumption is harmful?”
Well these types of question, one can easily Google to find out more. Be aware, you get different answer from Chinese Food System and Western Nutrition Theory.
Question : “My mother, 82 years old, water retention in the lungs, difficult in breathing. Just completed a heart-related problem operation. Medicine taken after operation is causing stomach problems. What foods should she consume now?”
It is sad that old people suffer a great deal with all sorts of illnesses. With operation, Ancient Wisdom considers the True Qi is badly harmed, making the person weaker.
My first reaction is to recommend porridges for the old mother. But that is not sufficient, there are so many therapies can be applied to the old mother.
Besides food therapy, there is also the emotional support, any old negative issues she is holding to heart? Etc. etc. But then will the old lady co-operate? Will the adult children have time and energy and knowledge to administer? These are larger questions need considering.
Not long ago, I have a coaching case of an old mother. Besides many physical discomfort and pain, recently she has bad temper, accuses the son stealing her money, wishes her die soon.
After coaching, I explain to the adult children, whatever maybe the old issues she has, her physiology is going downhill fast.
Yellow Emperor says “Kidneys Store Fear”. As her Kidney-functionalities are deteriorating, she experience a lot of unexplained fear, and she expresses the fear by accusing people around.
Balancing is required to her Kidney-functionalities, not psychology. I recommend adult children to learn Ancient Wisdom Life Cultivation to help the mother.
The adult children do not believe all these ancient wisdom nonsense. They sent me off and continue to bring the mother from one doctor to another doctor, looking for the best cure.
I encourage people I know to learn the ancient wisdom. Life Cultivation must start now, not till older age, otherwise your adult children will also behave like above, with much stress felt, bring the old parents from one doctor to another. All are in miseries.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are explained in details in the video training.“Same illnesses different treatments. Different illnesses same treatment 异病同治，同病异治.”, “Focus on the Person and not just on the symptoms 治人不治病”, “Metal gives rise to Water 金生水”，””True Qi 气” , “Kidneys Store Fear 恐伤肾”，”Body Constituents体质”。
Often WhatsApp group members ask how to do treatments. Today we discuss the theories behind treatments. When we understand the theories and reasons behind, we can then creatively apply the necessary treatments.
We need to start from Yin and Yang theory again.
Yin and Yang is a large concept. But actually everyday we do experience it, but not aware of it.
For example, “feeling hot”, feel the sensation of heat in certain parts of the body, or mouth dry, sweat uncontrollably, … we then say it is Yin-Deficiency. There is lack of Yin and more Yang.
The other time, we feel cold. The hands and limbs sensations are cold, e.g. hands cold, running nose. This is Yang-deficiency.
Those with balanced Body Constituent, they feel reasonably cold or hot, but not extremes.
How do we use diets as treatments then?
We need to know the properties of foods in term of Yin and Yang.
YEIC says : “Yin is stillness and intrinsically cold and Yang is Excessive Movement and intrinsically heaty.
Hence animals with frequent movement, or in motions like dogs, who can run faster than chicken, then dog meat is more Yang in nature compared with chicken meat.
Pigs always just eat and sleep without exercise, it is then more Yin than dogs.
Fish in cold water needs to move constantly to create warmth for own blood circulation, then fish is Yang, and heaty in nature, in general.
For autistic children, due to influence of western nutrition theory, parents and teachers feed the children with more proteins for better growth, as based on the above discussion, if the meat consumed are more Yang in nature, children hyper activeness can get worsened.
Those living creatures with little motion, like crab, tortoise, are Yin in nature.
Most vegetable are intrinsically cold in nature. Vegetables from winter-countries are even colder.
Vegetable of Yang properties are garlic, pumpkin, ginger, leeks, onions, parsley, onions.
Fruits from tropical countries are mostly Yang, especially durian, also from temperate countries fruits ripen in summer like lychee, peach, longan, cherry, apricot, etc.
Yin types of fruits are watermelon, banana, kiwi, melon, grapefruit, orange, persimmon, melon, pear, mango, alfalfa, etc.。
Due to the influence from Western Nutrition theory, many parents want their children to take in more vegetables, consider them to be more nutritious.
Now with the injection of YEIC Food Theory, perhaps parents should do some re-thinking.
Cold types of foods are not suitable for autistic children who is withdrawn, avoid socializing. These kids should have more Yang types of foods.
This is just a general discussion.
This discussion involves a few key concepts which are explained in details in the video training.“Food Theory 饮食学说”，“Organs Functionalities 五脏六腑功能”，”Yin-Yang 阴阳”。