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DIET AND EXERCISE

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Updated: Friday, Mar 27,2009, 12:21:25 PM
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Unlike the American diet, which emphasizes the balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, the Chinese approach to food is embedded in the five elements and eight principles are considered theory.Foods as having yin and yang, warming and cooling, drying and wetting properties.Certain foods are better for some people than others, depending on their type and condition. person with a cold wet condition should not eat a diet of fruit and vegetables (which are yin), because they would still overstate the loss of body heat and fluid secretion.

In traditional Chinese medicine, diet and exercise play an important role in maintaining good health by contributing to an optimal balance of vital energy (Qi). In fact, the Chinese believe that food is one of three origins (diet, heredity, and environment) or sources of qi. Therefore, according to traditional Chinese medicine, the food we eat influence directly on the excesses and deficiencies in our bodies.

Conversely, foods that are fried, grilled, high fat or spicy foods are considered the warming (yang), because they generate heat and stimulate circulation. A person whose diagnosis is hot and dry should avoid these foods, according to TCM.

In general, the Chinese approach to food is to optimize digestion and to increase qi, moisture, and the blood and helps the organ function. In this sense, it can be seen as an extension of medicine plants.

In addition to food, traditional Chinese medicine includes a form of exercise known as Qi gong, which is estimated to optimize the flow of Qi gong body.Qi resumed the posture, movement, breathing, meditation, visualization and conscious intent, to clean or purify the qi.

     

There are two types of Qi gong practice: internal and external.

Internal Qi gong: Used by individuals to maintain health by the Qi and the harmonization of the internal energy of Qi gong body.Internal uses movement and breathing or visualization work to collect and circulate Qi in the body.
External Qi Gong: The practice of transferring the practitioner of Qi to another person for purposes of healing. This form of Qi gong is similar to other working arrangements on the body of the West, such as therapeutic touch.

The internal movement of Qi gong postures have become the most common practice today and have been used as the basis for Tai Chi and other martial arts practices.

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