Diamond Stone
                      Oriental Medicine, Inc. Katherine Krumwiede,
                      Licensed Acupuncturist

Health with a Chinese twist

“. . .my Chinese friend explained to me why we Americans aren’t very healthy despite the billions we spend on health care. “The problem,” he said, “is your approach. You think you can become healthy merely by fighting being sick, but that’s not the way life works.” “What to you mean?” I said. “Does fighting bad habits create good ones?  Does fighting ugliness create beauty? Does fighting war create peace? Obviously not. And fighting illness doesn’t create health.” I began to see his point.

We spend those billions of dollars studying diseases, which we then take on as if they were enemies in a war. The Chinese, by tradition, walk a more peaceful path. They study health, and seek merely to create it. They don’t see the body under siege, nor do they adopt a warlike state of mind. They understand that fighting illness doesn’t work. Why? Because there’s a rule of life that says we can’t create what we want by opposing what we’ve got.

The spirit of opposition is not a creative spirit. Acts of opposition are not creative acts.  The goal of healing is not to oppose, which comes from fear, but to create, which comes from hope. And creating health, my Chinese friend taught me, is a matter of balancing the body. Where balance exists, ill health cannot exist.

So we don’t become healthy by naming diseases, or by worrying about them, or by battling against them, or by trying to make them go away, but by creating health and balance in their place.”

Health at the Crossroads:
Exploring the Conflict Between Natural Healing and Conventional Medicine

Dean Black Ph.D.
Former Director of Research
Parker College

Spring

Spring

“Spring is the time of birth and generation. Grasses and trees become vivid, and all living things in the world flourish with a new dynamic atmosphere. Since a man is one of the living things in the universe, he can by no means be excluded.”

 

Autumn

Autumn

“In the three months of autumn, the shape of all living things on earth become mature, and they are ready to be harvested.  In autumn, the wind is vigorous and rapid, the environment on earth is clear and bright.  During this period, one should go to bed early to avoid the chilliness, get up early to appreciate the crisp air of autumn, and keep the spirit tranquil.”

Summer

Summer

“Summer is called the season of flourishing as all living things in the world are prosperous and beautiful. One should not detest the sunshine nor to get angry often.”

Winter

Winter

“Winter is the season of “shutting and storing”.  The insects are in hibernation, the water ices over, and the ground is frozen.  In this period, one should take strict prevention against cold and go to bed early and get up late.”


“Change, it is the unchanging.”
Confucius


Source:
Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine
Original Script by Bing Wang (Tang Dynasty)
Translated by Nelson Liansheng Wu and Andrew Qi Wu
Copyright 1997, China Science and Technology Press
Chapter 2
On Preserving Health in Accordance with the Four Seasons

 


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