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Key: LU Lung, LI Large intestine, ST Stomach, SP Spleen, HT Heart, SI Small Intestines, BL/UB Urinary Bladder, KD Kidney, PC Pericardium, TW/SJ Triple warmer/San Jiao, Gb Gall Bladder, Liv Liver.
Food as medicine:
Wilson Pitts writes:
Master Ni Huang Ching, in his masterpiece, “The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth” (a wonderful translation of the I-Ching with Master Ni’s commentary), states, “The ancient medicine is Tao in a narrow way of practice, Tao is medicine in the broad way of practice.”
East and west, ancient and new, must move aside to make room for a global culture based on true understanding. The bridge between these diverse cultures and ways of understanding is Tao, the glue, the unifying principle.
Energy is considered the essential nature of this principle. In his book “The Tao of Leadership” John Heider states, “The Tao is the single unifying principle underlying all creation. Tao is principle. Creation, on the other hand, is a process, how and what. The method of meditation works because principle and process are inseparable. All process reveals the underlying principle.” The principle is universal. It applies to the modern era as well as it did to the ancient mountain recluses in China. The reason why we look to China for information and process to get at the underlying principles is that for thousands of years this information was studied, refined, and past down to the next generation without interruption. A great deal of information developed when spirituality and science were not separated, has been preserved, and passed down. First by the monasteries on the Holy Mountains of China, and then the families associated with monasteries.
In the epilogue to his book, “The Book of Change and The Unchanging Truth”, Taoist master Ni Huang Ching states, “I am willing to work with a group of advanced scientists to conduct thorough research into the truth of human life and to offer the methods of the ancient sages which are the key to unlocking the knowledge of those elements which really and ultimately constitute life”
Journal of the Tao Experience Foundation: Wilson Pitts with Dr. Amy Tseng
Qi magazine issue 1, vol. 1.
“Healing with Whole Foods”- Paul Pitchford.
“Chinese Nutrition Therapy”- Joerg Kastner.
Chinese Medicated Diet, Publishing house of Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Youtube: Christina Kapothanasis, L. Ac., Dipl. O.M.
Yuan dynasty: The School of Replenishing the Spleen and Stomach.- Li Kao (1180-1251).
Zhou dynasty: Yellow Emperor Classic on Internal Medicine.
Han Dynasty: Shennong’s Herbal Classic.
Treatise on Febrile and Misc. Diseases– Zhang Zhongjing.
Tang Dynasty- Prescriptions Worth 1000 Gold for Emergencies– Sun Simiao.
Yuan Dynasty- Principles of Correct Diet– Hu Sihui.
Qing dynasty– Recipes of Sui Xiju– Wang Shixiong.
Analysis of Food and Drink for Treatment of Diseases.- Zhang Mu.