Tips for Women' s Health from Traditional Chinese Medicine

By Kehui Pan on February 28, 2013

From flickr by WealthOfHealth4

Although the cold January has passed,  and the weather will become warm very quickly, we need to slow down a little bit before we take off our wool hats, mittens or gloves, scarves, and boots. Why you might ask? We beautiful young ladies are so eager to wear fashionable clothes instead of dressing like a winter bear; however, if we examine fashion from a different perspective, such as the practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s suggested that us women should protect our bodies in winter and follow a different process  during each season. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, while in autumn, people need to dress in lighter clothing in order to keep cool till early winter, and spring is the time to dress warmer with more layers, even when the temperature seems nice.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is called “Zhong Yi,” literally meaning “Chinese Medicine.” The philosophy background is a combination of two main parts:  The Yin-yang theory and the Five Phases.  Yin-yang symbolizes balance.  The Chinese believe that only a balance between yin and yang will achieve good health. The female body represents yin while the male body is yang. The Five Phases Theory presumes that all universe and elements can be broken down into five qualities. They are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. This explains why Traditional Chinese Medicine says our mental health is directly related to our body health. For example, having depression might be the result of cold air in the stomach, thus medical pills are not necessary in order to improve the situation. Moreover, it is very important to keep in mind that you should always protect the head, neck, chest, belly, knees and feet of a woman’s body. For example, in summer, even if it is hot, try not to use a fan directly near your head. In the winter, try warmer slippers instead of flip-flops. These parts of our body can easily catch a chill, and the more cold air we have inside our bodies, the sooner we may feel sick. Besides all these precautions, there are some daily processes required for prevention, which can be easily done at any time. For example, always rub your fingertips together. When in class, if your hands are not busy taking notes, rub together all ten fingers. This action is very good for heart health. In addition, try to drink warm water instead of iced water, especially during the menstrual cycle. Eat more red beans, dates, brown sugar and longan to nourish the blood. It will benefit your womb and stomach. If you’re feeling exhausted after a long day, soak your feet in hot water for 30 minutes at water temperature 50 Celsius before bedtime until you start to sweat a little bit. This is one of the best ways to protect your kidneys.

Although Asians largely adopt most of these health protection methods, there might be slight changes required for westerners since the humidity is not the same due to the living environment and food culture. But still, the Traditional Chinese Medicine theories about the human body is accepted and studied around the world.

Useful links:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam/chinesemed.htm

http://www.acupuncture.com/

 

By Kehui Pan

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