I like to use the metaphor borrowed from the wonderful book Between Heaven and Earth that compares the body to a garden. Chinese medicine sees the body as a garden. Something that needs to be tended and nurtured. You must water a garden, pull weeds and be
mindful of pests for your garden to thrive. You must look at your garden every day so that you can detect subtle changes and make
adjustments so that your garden will flourish.
In the West, the body is seen more as a machine. Parts break and must be fixed or replaced. It is a reductionist model, reducing the body to parts that, instead of working together, are seen in isolation.
We tend to wait until something "breaks" before we seek out a mechanic to do the needed repairs.
What does holistic health mean? This term refers to the "whole person." It takes body, mind and spirit into account and views a person
from these three aspects. We can say that Chinese Medicine is a form of holistic medicine. From the earliest written classics on Chinese
Medicine there is reference to body, mind and spirit.
Q:My mother is aging and I wonder if you could make some recommendation for keeping her immunity and health up?
A: As we age, our bodies become depleted of most of the essential minerals and vitamins. To further complicate this,
our absorption mechanisms are also weakened, and we tend to absorb less of these nutrients.
I recommend a wholesome balanced diet that contains:
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