~ DESCRIPTION ~
Key to Health is a comprehensive guide on maintaining good health and curing disease by incorporating the ancient Chinese wisdom of the Yin and Yang Principles into a modern western diet. In this book the author explains how to adopt this Yin Yang theme for everyday use, with everyday foods. The author has been teaching, healing and practicing these methods successfully, since 1968.
Everything is beholden to the universal law of opposites as the world is made up of ordered opposite tendencies such as hot-cold, push-pull, young-old, tall-short, rich-poor neutron-electron, inner-outer. These opposites happen at every level from the formation of a galaxy right down to the atom. A group of sages in ancient China, called Taoists, adopted this law of opposites into their philosophy, science and medicine. They discovered that their Universe was made of a life force which in its expanding phase was called ‘Yang’ and when it reached its limit it changed into a contracting force, entitled ‘Yin’.
These Yin Yang principles were used successfully for millennia by Chinese scientists and doctors whose collective knowledge, from thousands of years of experience, was assembled in the sixteenth century A.D. by Li Shih-chen who compiled the The Great Pharmacopoeia ( Pen-ts’ao kang-mu ).
Li Shih-chen’s opus was adopted by George Oshawa who formed his Shokuyo or ‘macrobiotic’ system popularised by Michio Kushi in the 1970’s. Oshawa and Kushi laid out a balance of foods and diet with resulted in George Oshawa being cured of TB and other diseases in 1908 by using these Yin Yang principles. This traditional way of healing and balancing diet landed in Japan from China over many centuries which Oshawa practiced successfully for over fifty years. Also Shintoism is a Japanese hybrid of Taoism and Buddhism which has the Yin Yang principles at its core. A Yin Yang diet is about the right balance relative to lifestyle, gender, environment and even personality and when the body is balanced it can fight off unwanted threats more effectively.
Chinese doctors have been applying the Yin Yang methodology in remedies and curing disease, successfully for 5,000 years.
The author with show you clearly how to harmonise the internal energy of the body with diet, herbs and exercise. This book is the original subject matter resource to learn extensively how to incorporate these Yin Yang methods into your Western life and diet.
The book also lays out an easy to follow reference guide on how to use these Yin Yang methods to help cure the following:
Anaemia, Allergies (Asthma & Hay Fever), Athlete’s Foot, Aches & Pains, Back & Neck Pain, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, High Cholesterol, Circulation Problems, Cellulite, Colds, Flu, Bronchitis, Cold Sores, Cystitis, Diabetes, Mellitus/Insipidus, Detoxing Naturally, Digestive Complaints (Ulcers etc.), Heart Trouble, Hormone Imbalance, Insomnia, Depression, Immune Function Deficiencies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Menstrual Complaints, Menopause, Migraines & Headaches, Pulled Muscles & Tendon Damage, Rheumatism & Arthritis, SkinTrouble, Acne, Eczema, Stress, Syncope, Dizziness, Sterility, Infertility, Weight Control.
~ REVIEWS ~
“Very interesting read. A lot of emphasis on nutrition and Tai Chi.
We all need to eat. Why not eat something that is good for us? It is not however another great diet, but one based on thousands of years of experience.
This book focuses on a variety of conditions that could be managed by choosing the right kind of food and food preparation method. This is some 75% of the book.
Very unique approach to suggests food, Tai Chi, Massage (chinese Tui Na) and other techniques to overcome a wide variety of common ailments from Asthma to Stress.
Also he was a great Tai Chi teacher, and here he teaches some easy to follow breathing techniques.
Check out his other book: Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life to read a very interesting take on the ancient I Ching, or the book of changes.”
“Full of extremely valuable guidance on how to restore ones body back to a balanced and harmonious state. Importantly, the soul is factored in to the equation.
A thoroughly recommended book. Take on board the advice and you’ll live longer… and with a bit of luck, die healthy!”
“Key to Health, will help people solve existing health problems and make them less likely to develop other illnesses.” M.Clarke, Evening Echo”
~ Chapter 1 Preview ~
Key To Health
A Balanced Diet for All Seasons and Occasions
The Principles Relating to Diet
The Natural Diet for Health
The main stay of health is to eat a balanced diet, but which one? There are a plethora of suggested diets peddled in all the media sources, books, television and also from clinicians, always changing and different. Whereas adopting the yin yang method transcends all prejudices by balancing the intake of food and its potential. Modern society and travel mean that we have lost or discarded many of our traditional diets built up by trial and error over the centuries. A simple yet effective method is to apply the yin yang principles. Knowledge of which replaces habitual eating with informed choice. Adjusting proportions and varieties of food to suit one’s own constitution depending on environment, age, sex and so forth.
Yin and Yang
A self evident, but overlooked gastric mechanism, of how to judge a balanced diet, is the first place digestion takes place, being the mouth. Here there is a classic example of the interplay of yin represented by the thirty two teeth. Traditional Chinese Medicine designates these as being formed and influenced by the yin chi of the mother, as yin horizontal bone is created by the lateral forming, yin energy. (Refer to Part 3 on Chi Kung). This is offset by the thirty two vertebrae of the spine which are vertically determined by the yang chi of the father. The sum of which is yet another example of the ‘magic’ number of sixty four. This also appears as the core number of hexagrams in the I Ching. Equalled by the sixty four possible combinations or ‘words’ of DNA. These ‘words’ are needed to synthesise the twenty two or so amino acids which form the building blocks of protein for the body. (Refer to my book Tai Chi Chuan and The Code of Life.)
Everything is beholden to the universal law of opposites and is briefly explained as follows. The world is made up of and ordered by opposite tendencies such as hot-cold, push-pull, young-old, tall-short, rich-poor neutron-electron, inner-outer and so forth which is evident but not usually recognised. These opposites happen at every level from the formation of a galaxy right down to the atom. A group of sages in ancient China, called Taoists, adopted this law of opposites into their philosophy, science and medicine. They discovered that their Universe was made of a life force which in its expanding phase was called ‘yang’ and when it reached its limit it changed into a contracting force, entitled ‘yin’. The interacting combination of these two parts of the one force being responsible for all manifestation. This life force or chi had differing fractal levels, all obeying the law of yin and yang. Although from the same source, there was a Tao or great energy of the Universe responsible for all matter, including the planets, Earth energy and last but not least the yin yang components of the human, animal and plant kingdom. The superficial result of this unseen life force is the material world and all its variety. The Chinese character for yin indicates the dark side of a mountain with the yang being the sunny side. Thus the often misquoted and misunderstood law of yin and yang is relative to its application.
The principles of a yin or yang phase of energy can be applied to food. Therefore, if the vibrating pitch of the food is too yin or yang it will a have reciprocal effect on the DNA structure of our bodies. This is why the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOS) are a great danger to mankind, as the balance of yin and yang have been altered artificially without the evolutionary test of time to determine the long term effects.
Therefore to stay healthy one can follow this natural law by eating natural foods which relate to the evolved array of teeth that modern humans have inherited. The twenty molars are best at chewing grains, the eight incisors are most suitable for vegetables and lastly the four canines are best suited to eat animal protein. These principles are the basis for this sensible method of balancing diet.
These yin yang principles were used successfully for millennia by Chinese scientists and doctors whose collective knowledge, from thousands of years of experience, was assembled in the sixteenth century A.D. by Li Shih-chen who compiled the Pen-ts’ao kang-mu, The Great Pharmacopoeia. This major work was the assimilation of centuries of diagnostic techniques, cures and remedies in fifty-two volumes. It is still revised, updated and reprinted today, currently in use being evidence of its authority and validity. The reason for this evolution of thought and experience is that China is the longest continuous civilisation…
~ Author ~
Graham Horwood still stands as one of the original and most established teachers of Tai Chi in the UK and having been so for over 35 years.
Graham Horwood has worked as a Complementary Health Consultant and Teacher since 1976 in London and the Home Counties. In the course of his work he has adopted an eclectic approach to balancing health, relationships, career, sport and leisure pursuits, by combining Eastern and Western natural medicine.
Graham has led an extraordinary life and fought back from adversity in his early life to become an inspiration and help people across the globe in the art of Tai Chi Chuan and Complementary Health.
Graham established himself as one of the UK’s first and most prominent teachers of Tai Chi Chuan and excelled following his 10 years practicing and teaching with Master Chu King Hung of the Yang Family, who informed Graham that he was the first of his students to understand the internal principles of Tai Chi.
Master Chu King Hung is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on Family Yang Style Tai Chi.