According to traditional Chinese medicine, the key is to see the human body as a system and the aim is to keep that system in balance, in order to attain good health and overall well being. It is believed that living in harmony with the environment and with your surroundings is a fundamental way to prevent illness and imbalance in the body. Following is a list of 4 useful health tips based on traditional Chinese medicine that really work.
Meditation is a great way to heal stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as physical stress. Even if it’s for just five minutes a day, meditation helps in keeping your mind focused and calm, getting rid of any jumbled thoughts in your mind that might be causing stress. Yes, taking a few minutes off from your day to be quiet and clear your mind can have tremendous effects on balancing the mind and the body by reducing negativity, and mental and physical stress. Meditation also enhances self-awareness and your overall well-being.
Eat according to season
One of the most basic principles of Chinese medicine is that optimal health can be reached by being “present”. Which means, to live in the moment, and to cultivate an awareness of your body and your surroundings based on your present. As a result, Chinese medicine believes that the body has changing needs with every season. During winters, eat foods that are rooted in the ground such a potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, radish, and parsnips, along with warm, long-cooked foods like soups and stews. During summers, reverse your eating habits by eating foods that are cooling in nature, such as fresh fruits and lots of liquid intake. Springtime should be all about pungent foods like garlic, green onions, and ginger, as well as raw foods, leafy vegetables, and foods that are rich in chlorophyll, in order to rejuvenate the liver and boost your immune system.
Spend time outdoors and connect with nature
The Chinese have always had intimate relationship with nature and the outdoors. The ancient Chinese believed that life and all of its processes revolved around nature, along with the ebb and flow of seasons. With modern life and urbanization, we end up spending most of our time in front of computers, mobile phones, television sets, and so on, from where we are not getting any energy. According to Chinese medicine, we derive energy from the earth –by spending time with nature, by looking at plants and flowers, by walking barefoot on grass or on the beach, going for hikes or walks in the wilderness – by literally connecting with nature. It is believed that being amidst nature nourishes all your sense and builds up your body’s own energy.
Our bodies are essentially designed for movement. However, with recent times, modern lifestyles have led to lack of movement, which is a root cause of many of the health issues that we face. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that illnesses arise when the body’s energy gets blocked or either stagnates. The key is to let the energy circulate by moving your body around. Even if you sit at a desk all day, make it a point to take a walk around your office, and try walking or riding a bike to work. Besides, you can try other options like tai chi, walking your dog, playing with your children, going for hikes on weekend, dancing, or anything for that matter, as long as your body is moving.