As we reach the midpoint of summer, hereís a quick reminder that healthy habits are within our reach.
Water: It does a body good
The body is made up of 60% water. Proper hydration of cells in your body means higher nerve
conductivity in your cells, better circulation, and improved release of toxins from your tissues. Proper hydration helps to suppress
appetite, aiding weight loss. It nourishes your skin, especially important when youíre spending all day in the sun.
The meridian lines in the body are the main pathways through which chi, or life force energy, moves and flows. In fact, all of nature, including
humanity, is dependent upon this vital force.
When chi is flowing smoothly, all of life's processes operate rhythmically and harmoniously.
Therefore, in Oriental medicine, sustaining this pure chi energy is more important than anything else in
order to keep the body strong and healthy. Our body has three major systems: the circulatory, nervous
and meridian systems. More...
Q:Iíve been suffering from insomnia for more than 10 years now. Itís catching up with me now and has affected my family life in a lot of ways, especially with my children. I want to do more things and activities
with them and it has shortened my temper and patience because I am tired all the time and sometimes I get depressed from lack of sleep.
A: Insomnia, especially of such a prolonged duration has wide ranging effects on the body. Your observations about
your temper, energy level, and depression are correct; these are symptoms of shifting hormones and energy patterns in the body as it is
continually deprived of rest.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nighttime is Yin Time and it is during this time that the body regenerates and the energy patterns
recycle. For proper sleep to occur the mind needs to be restful, the spleen heart and liver play a key role in adequate and restful sleep.
When excessive anxiety, worry and overwork effect the spleens inability to generate blood this affects the heart blood and the mind is
restless and cannot fall asleep. Anger and irritability affect the liver and cause liver fire disturbing the mind and thus causing
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