Yin and Yang of Life

Five Elements and the Five Seasons

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Wu Xing, the concept of the five elements, or five phases, has been an aspect of Chinese philosophy and medicine since at least 400 BC. This system represents the changing cycles of life as seen in the fluctuations of the seasons, in energetic tendencies, and the natural rhythm of growth, movement and rest in all things.

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Food As Medicine: A Chinese Perspective

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In Chinese medicine and culture, food is recognized as an important healing force. Sun Si-miao, one of the great physicians and writers of the 6th century, wrote that “a true doctor first finds out the cause of disease, and having found that out, he tries to cure it first by food. If that is unsuccessful, only then does he use stronger medicine”.

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