Earth elements in the body and your health
What a wonderful day I had. Saturday was the first of my 4 sessions on herbal remedies in healing. We started with the earth elements. Next, in two weeks` time we do metal, then water and wood and lastly fire. The ashes left from fire go back to earth and so the cycle continues.
The earth elements in the body are the spleen, stomach and pancreas. This system forms the basis of everything in the body as it is where nourishment of the whole body is generated from. If there are problems within this system conditions arise like nausea, morning sickness in pregnancy, digestive problems, heartburn, diabetes, Alzheimers, sinus, headaches, bloatedness and more.
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Food allergies can only occur when food cannot be digested. So step number one is to avoid COMPLETELY all foods that do not agree with you.
Most people are intolerant of wheat and pork, despite what published figures may suggest. Soy can also cause problems as can milk. Cutting out wheat can get rid of many immediate problems and gluten intolerance allergens. Gluten intolerance symptoms manifest themselves more like a nutritional deficiency, slowly and over a long period of time. Gluten is the elastic, rubbery protein present in wheat, rye, barley and to a lesser degree in oats. It binds the dough in foods such as bread and other baked goods. Rice and maize do not contain gluten.
Remember that many foods contain wheat – processed foods, soup powders, thickeners, pastas, cereals, sauces, breads and cakes etc. With a wheat intolerance or allergy you must avoid beer and whiskey. Other problems with wheat are the pesticides used in the silos as well as contamination with rodent faeces, urine and parasites.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the pancreas is grouped together with the spleen, which functions as the spleen system. This system is central to nourishment and hormones, converting food into energy. It is also responsible for keeping the organs in place in the abdomen. If the balance of the spleen system is weak, one will experience digestive problems such as decreased appetite, loose stools, sluggish digestion and prolapsed (dropped) organs. It is further weakened by eating food with no calorific or nutritive value, food allergies or dieting. This affects the immune system. This system controls blood flow in the arteries: spleen deficiency can lead to heavy periods, miscarriages, varicose veins, diabetes and more.
The enzymes in the stomach heal wounds, eliminate joint and muscle pain, avoid disfiguring scars, help blood clotting and more by breaking down food for digestion. Undigested food will lead to tiredness and a breaking down of the immune system, apart from all the symptoms mentioned earlier.
Some practical DO`s and DON`Ts:
1. Don`t use a microwave EVER! It makes the food indigestible.
2. Don`t ever warm baby bottles in a microwave!!! Use the old-fashioned way of standing the bottle in hot water.
3. Stop drinking tap water! Don`t even use it to cook in. Our tap water purification systems don`t remove heavy metals or nitrates and phosphates. Phosphates are residues of pesticides, fertilizers, road runoff and more.
4. Stop buying fast foods; pizzas, pastas, battered chicken, hamburgers etc all contain wheat and other harmful additives.
5. Be very careful of buffets where food can be warmed over and over and people cough or sneeze over it.
6. Don`t take medicines, antacids or antibiotics unless you absolutely have to. Heartburn is usually the result of a wheat intolerance.
7. Don`t eat cold or raw foods (salads and fruit) unless you are 100% healthy.
8. Don`t eat foods containing artificial sweeteners, stabilizers, anti-oxidants, preservatives, colourants or flavourants.
MSG has been shown to cause brain damage and learning behaviour; endocrine disorders such as reproductive disorders and gross obesity occur with time. Please keep this away from children in particular.
1. Eat your food hot (not from the microwave!) and drink hot teas if you are tired or your immune system is low. It is no secret that chemical reactions (digestion) happen faster if you add heat, allowing enzymes to do their work.
2. Eat aromatic and pungent herbs to help digestive enzymes. These include cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, rosemary and fennel amongst others.
3. Have some whey powder every day, especially after exercise. It feeds the brain and muscles. Add it to some yoghurt, gravies, mashed potato or to baking. Anything really. It seems that adding one heaped tablespoon daily is a good amount to start with as an extra if you are having other protein. Vegetarians can also have whey powder.
4. Take vit. B, but not of yeast origin. Speak to your health shop.
5. Eat more rice and stews or soups.
6. Plant a sour fig in your garden. Here in South Africa we call it ‘Hotnotsvy’ or ‘Hottentots fig’, also known by the Khoi name of “Ghaukum” and sometimes as “Perdevy”; scientific name Carpobrotus edulis (yellow flower) or Carpobrotus acinociformis (pink flower). The one pictured here has purple flowers, so probably has a different name. This fig originated on the Western Cape coast. It is hardy so will grow in most conditions as long as it has water. It makes a lovely ground cover, is always green and has a lovely yellow, pink or purple flower. Extract the juice from the leaves by crushing them and add a bit of honey. I would use about 2 leaves. This is SUPER for the digestive system and will help cure ulcerations. Read up on its many other uses too.
For those of you not too clued up on what spices to buy, you could start off with the Chinese Five-spice powder. It encompasses all five flavors of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty.
There are many variants. The most common is bajiao (star anise), cloves, cinnamon, huajiao (Sichuan pepper) and ground fennel seeds. Instead of true cinnamon, “Chinese cinnamon” (the ground bark of the cassia tree, a close relative of true cinnamon), may be used.
The formulae are based on the Chinese philosophy of balancing the yin and yang in food.
I hope I have given some good advice. Remember I am not a doctor, so am not giving medical advice but merely practical advice AS I UNDERSTAND IT.
I would appreciate any really nice gluten/wheat free recipes that you would like to share on this site.