“It is man himself, not heaven who governs his life, and he who abuses himself dies young, while he who takes good care of himself enjoys a long life”. Gan Lian, Ming dynasty
Ninety percent of all adult illness is due to the degenerative processes of aging. This includes heart disease, most cancers, adult-onset diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease, glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s. With early detection and appropriate intervention, most of theses diseases can be prevented, cured, or have their downward course reversed.
Chinese medicine emphasizes the unity of man and nature as well as that of all the tissues of the body system. Based on the concepts of Yin, Yang, the five elements, and “man-heaven harmony,” it views the human body as “being able to resist the harmful qi pronounced, ‘chi.’” Harmful qi is essentially any external element that causes disease, i.e. bacteria or environmental toxins. When the vital qi inside the body (when the body’s systems are in balance and immunity is high)” and “inevitably weak where the harmful qi dominates (unable to fight off disease)”. Emphasis is put on the principles of disease prevention, which allows for a flexible approach in regards to a patient’s prevention program. Conclusions regarding the body’s internal condition are reached from observing and analyzing the outward appearance of each individual. Thus, Chinese medicine is committed to exploring the secrets of life.
The knowledge embodied in many health preservation teachings, based on long observations of human life, is dramatically confirmed by the growing body of lifestyle research of the last few decades. Several long-running studies, involving tens of thousands of subjects, as well as many shorter studies, have yielded data for detailed analysis of how diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking, sleep and emotional patterns impact on health and longevity.
The reconnection between the individual and their “roots” (spirituality) is a very important aspect in the maintaining of youthfulness, and is thereby inherent in the basic foundation of TOM. Understanding the root cause and quality of one’s own longevity can slow the aging process and rejuvenate the body, as thoughts can create reality. Knowing with certainty that we are an ageless body is the basis for creating high level wellness in the modern world. Longevity, however, is more than just belief.