Edsel Tan, L.Ac.
The heart is the monarch of all organs. It pumps blood every moment of
our lives, nourishing our living tissues with nutrients and oxygen.
Pumping is caused by a flow of electricity through the heart that
cyclically repeats itself. Nurturing the heart nurtures the body as a
whole. This is a challenge in today's society as heart disease is one of
the leading causes of illness.
A healthy heart is determined by both uncontrollable and controllable
factors. Uncontrollable factors are hereditary. Controllable factors
include diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices. The two factors are
interrelated, since modifying controllable factors can help maintain
uncontrollable factors, such as a genetic predisposition to heart
The heart is the primary organ of our cardiovascular system which
includes a vast network of arteries and veins that work together
delivering oxygen-rich blood to the body and oxygen-poor blood to the
lungs. In order to keep the heart healthy, we need to keep this vast
network of arteries and veins healthy.
The food we consume determines how our genes are expressed. Eating
healthy foods sets the causes and conditions for our genes to express
themselves through an optimum physiology.
Living according to our most fundamental nature is the foundation of
radiant health. The following is recommended:
AVOID - high fat, high cholesterol foods, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol,
chocolate, sugar, butter, red meat, fried foods, soft drinks, spicy
foods, white flour.
EAT - fiber, brown rice, pearl barley, vegetables, fish, turkey,
chicken, garlic, onions, sea cucumber, lotus root, seaweed, shiitake
mushrooms, black fungus, Chinese black dates, hawthorn berries, cassia
seeds, chrysanthemum, vinegar, water chestnuts, mung beans, lecithin,
raw nuts, olive oil.
A consistent program of 45-60 minutes of moderate exercise on most days
of the week strengthens the heart by lowering blood pressure, reducing
body fat, lowering the risk of diabetes, and reducing the risk of heart
attack and stroke. People who are sedentary in their daily lives are
more likely to have heart disease compared with people who are active.
Obesity is a major factor in heart disease.
Finally, a healthy mindset that is not attached to stressful, anxious,
negative, angry or hostile thought patterns reduces the causes and
conditions for dis-ease. Let's stay positive, be true to ourselves, and
take good care of our hearts.
Edsel Tan holds a Masterís
degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San
University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of
California, Santa Barbara. His interest in pain medicine and physical
rehabilitation led him to pursue advanced training in various bodywork
modalities and to complete a special internship in Integrative Pain
Management at the Venice Family Clinic. He has also learned about
integrating healing modalities through his work with clinicians of
multiple disciplines such as biomedicine, chiropractic, and physical
therapy. At Tao of Wellness, Edsel Tan works closely with Drs. Dao and
Mao as well as with other associates to continue developing an
integrative healthcare model for womenís health, pain management and
other health conditions.