October 02, 2018
How Diet can Contribute to Mental-Emotional Problems in Chinese Medicine
Water is a major part of the human body and every system in the body depends on water. For example, blood is 83% water, muscles are 75% water, the brain is 74% water and even bone has a significant amount of water at 22%. The joints in the body are lubricated by water and water is used in the digestion of food and nutrients. Water is also needed for efficient blood circulation. When the body becomes dehydrated, even to a small degree and before a person becomes thirsty, the blood becomes thicker and circulation to the smallest capillaries is diminished, not allowing nutrients to enter and waste to leave all areas of the body.
Most people understand the importance of drinking plenty of water but for some people, no matter how much they drink, they have trouble making effective use of the fluids.
People with Yin deficiency tend to have tissues which are less hydrated and lubricated. They tend to feel dry and thirsty and often have dry skin and hair. However, no matter how much they drink, the tissues remain unhydrated and fluid seems to pass right through them. For these Yin deficient people, Yin tonic herbs such as Mai Men Dong or Tian Men Dong, are often prescribed in a formula by a Chinese Medicine practitioner. It is also recommended to drink 8 or more glasses of liquid that does not contain sugar, salt or caffeine a day.
People with a Damp constitution also have trouble making use of the fluid the drink. What happens is that the fluid is retained in their tissue and congestion occurs. Due to this, it is difficult for nutrition and wastes to move in and out of the cells in the body. It is recommended that these people have Damp-removing herbs, which moves liquid of of the tissues, into the bloodstream and drained via the kidneys and bladder. It is recommended that these people do not drink too much water until this water metabolism is working efficiently, which can be achieved via Chinese herbs and acupuncture.
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