The most fundamental concept in Chinese medicine is the yin and the yang. The yin and the yang are opposing forces that work in conjunction with each other. It is the primary foundation for the diagnosis and treatment of bodily ailments. Everything is said to has both yin and yang aspects, which constantly and equally interact to produce relative balance and internal harmony in life. The ancient China used certain elements to represent the yin and the yang. These are : up and down, cold and hot, light and dark, and water and fire. The yin and the yang which are also present in the body are responsible for the natural health of the body. The physiological functions of every organ are inseparably related to the yin and the yang. Every activity of a particular organ of the body has the properties of the yin and the yang. When the yin and the yang are out of balance, there is disruption in the bodily function. When your body is in good condition, we can assume that the yin and the yang are working well in harmony and in equilibrium.
Once the body is corrupted by outside elements, balance is disrupted. The Chinese medicine’s main objective is to restore the balance through integrated methods and techniques. The methods include various forms of healthy practices such as following a well-balanced diet, regular exercise, taking herbal supplements, acupuncture, and body massage. These methods assist in the balancing of the yin and the yang.
A healthy and a well-balanced diet is the essential component of the Chinese medicine which aid in balancing of the yin and the yang. A great diet consists of the following: fish, whole grains, organic and seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and herbal supplements, Chinese and herbal teas, tofu and other soy products. Eliminating or reducing the consumption of certain foods from your daily diet is highly recommended. These foods include tropical fruits due to high level of acidity, any food additives and preservatives, red meats, cheese and other any dairy products, refined white sugar and other refined products, coffee and other products containing caffeine, alcohol, fried foods, cold and soft drinks, and strong spices.
A well-balanced diet is more beneficial when combined with regular exercise program/ daily physical activity. It is highly advised that you incorporate it into you daily routine. Finally, always remember that making any kind of dietary changes in your life must be done slowly. Any kind of abrupt changes can cause tremendous stress, which can make you revert back to your old eating habits. It is always advised to take it slow.