Say “Yes” To Diet Therapy And “Wait” To Medicine Therapy
Traditional Chinese herbal medicines contain many different efficacies such as replenishing “Qi” (essential energy), enriching blood, tranquilizing mind, nourishing “Yin” and strengthening “Yang” (While “Yin” is the energy being accumulated, assimilated and stored for later use, “Yang” is the energy being expended in order to create a manifest action. Both is each part of the one whole and cannot exist without the other.) which have been being used for preserving health for thousands of years. Many people do take Chinese herbal medicines as often as they have meals.
However, as pointed out by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners, despite that Chinese herbal medicine is very effective in maintaining good health, it after all is medicine and one should not over-rely on and consume chronically.
In fact, most common illnesses and weak constitutions (A strong constitution is one who is able to endure substantial pressure without falling sick, whereas a weak constitution is one who has an increased susceptibility to sickness.) can be mitigated and improved respectively through diets.
For instance, if someone occasionally suffers from loss of appetite, fatigue (very tired or lack of energy), and shortness of breath, he/she may just demonstrates a weakness of “Qi.” His/her conditions will get better by eating proper amount of foods that are able to replenish “Qi” like lamb, beef, pork, egg, dairy products, peanut, walnut, pine nut, etc.
Unless the symptoms are very serious or occur continually, weakness of “Qi” indeed can be eased via diet therapy. In TCM theory, diet therapy always come first against medicine therapy when talking about health preservation. And the latter should be employed only after the former fails, as reminded by TCM Practitioners.
So, need a boost of your “Qi?” Try this recipe now: Diced Pork with Walnuts.
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