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This is part 1 of 3 blogs on internal heat. Part 1 explains how heat behaves in the body. Part 2 describes symptoms, signs and general ailments caused by excessive heat. And part 3 tells you how this damaging heat was created; and what you can do to reduce it and to bring your body into a more balanced and healthy state.
So let’s begin.
The body likes to be warm and full of energy to function at its best.
However, just like a machine or anything found in nature, if heat builds up excessively in it, then damage is caused.
The easiest way to see the destructive actions of too much heat in the body is to examine what it does in nature. The way heat behaves outside the body is also the way it behaves inside of it.
When we look at heat in nature we see it enlivens things and energizes them.
It gives them power and makes them move faster. In spring and summer it brings animals out of hibernation and it grows flowers and plants. It warms and gives life, light and energy.
But if heat becomes too excessive it can start to burn and dry. Plants will wither. The ground will become barren, hard and even start to crack.
In the body if things become too hot; then this can cause our cells, tissues, hormones, fluids and organs all to begin to suffer damage. Continue reading
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Eastern Medicine looks at illness and an unhealthy body in a very different way than Western Medicine. In general Eastern medicine will try to establish a bigger overall pattern that is leading to symptoms being expressed in the body, whereas Western Medicine often just looks at and treats the symptoms in isolation.
The problem with this is that even when it is successful at eliminating symptoms, the underlying weakness or agitation which allowed the illness to manifest, can often just cause a new problem to spring up in a different location. You might fix one problem but the state in the body which caused it has been allowed to remain and fester.
For example, we could take the case of a cancer having been treated by surgery, chemo and radiotherapy. If the patient survives these intense treatments and the cancerous cells have been removed, then this is deemed a success, a “cure” by Western Medicine. From an Eastern perspective you have not addressed the vitally important question of what caused the cancer in the first place. If you do not address the causes of the cancer, then even if you have eradicated the mutated cells, the patient is still left vulnerable to a re-occurrence of it at a future stage in their life. Continue reading
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The human being, in its current form Homo Sapiens, has according to most historians been on this planet for about the last 80,000 to 120,000 years. Our bodies have been in roughly the same form all that time.
Because of this they have evolved in a certain fashion and we are stuck in those ways. We cannot break free from them in the space of 10, 50, 100 or even 200 years.
In past times people lived simply; when it became bright, people would get up, hunt, gather foods, and then eat them. When it got dark they would go off to bed and sleep. There wasn’t much else they could do. Obviously they couldn’t stay up and watch television, do shift work, eat meals or anything else throughout the night.
Because of our slow evolution, we are stuck with an internal biological clock that dictates when our bodies and its organs are functioning at their peaks for different tasks. Continue reading