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In Eluv’s article “Food for Thought” in the September issue of Skin Inc. magazine, she outlines the importance of eating a healthily balanced diet, as well as what effect it has on your life and your business. Here, learn more about traditional Chinese medicine eating, tasty snacks that follow these principles, and a reading list of other resources you can seek out to learn even more.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and its food healing principles is a complex system that can bring about profound changes in the health of the entire body.
TCM is a system that treats the body holistically, its foundation laid on the principle that every organ in the body is interrelated. Therefore, the sum of all the body’s symptoms or complaints are taken into account rather than only one main symptom. For example, improving and clearing blood stagnation can improve energy, relieve pain and cramping, increase circulation, and stimulate liver qi, or energy. Moving the blood moves the qi, and the whole body benefits.
Each organ has a coordinating time of day where it is most active, and another when it is least active. TCM treatments are timed to benefit from these cycles, minimizing or enhancing energy as required. Similarly, foods can be eaten according to season, with a focus on balancing yin and yang.
A diet harmoniously tuned to your constitution is one that shifts and changes smoothly with the seasons, the time of day, your biorhythms, and your energetic, social and emotional needs. When excess occurs, moderation or decrease is the counterbalance.