Causes of Disease in Chinese Medicine
These can be passed on genetically. They can also occur if our parents are generally healthy but are suffering from an illness at the time of conception, or if our mothers experiences shock, illness, or trauma during pregnancy.
Long-standing emotional imbalances can eventually affect the functioning of our internal organs, leading to physical symptoms and more systemic patterns of disease.
More than excessive physical exertion, this refers to the tendency of some people to consistently work long hours every day without allowing for periods of rest, a process that can slowly deplete us both physically and emotionally.
The most common dietary imbalances are excesses of raw, spicy, or fatty foods, and eating too much or not enough. Habits like eating too fast, eating while standing or working, eating at irregular times, or eating late in the evening can also cause issues.
Exposure to extremes of temperature and weather can have major effects on the body and can even be life-threatening. Environmental factors like allergens, chemicals, pollution, and radiation can also be a major cause of disease and illness.
These include infectious micro-organisms like viruses and bacteria as well as other "pathogens" like poor quality foods, allergens, extremes of weather, and even certain people.
Trauma can cause pain and scarring and disrupt circulation and the functioning of the internal organs. Even beneficial procedures like surgery can do this. Trauma can also have a lasting effect on our emotions, like in Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
Pharmaceutical drugs have many well-known side effects and tend to interact with each other and with other medicinal substances like herbs. Recreational drugs can also have side effects, even the milder ones, especially with long-term use.
Excessive or Absent Sexual Activity
What is correct for each individual depends a lot on their age and health. Signs of excessive sexual activity include lower back pain, dizziness, fatigue, and poor memory or concentration. Lack of sexual activity is mainly an issue when there is a sexual desire present. When this desire is unfulfilled it tends to affect the heart, causing emotional issues like anxiety and depression.
*from Giovanni Maciocia's book, "The Foundations of Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Text for Acupuncturists and Herbalists"