What is the main reason people are encountering health issues and have attended The Healing Code Acupuncture clinic?…You will probably be really surprised by this….

Acupuncture / Chinese Medicine / Diet / Fertility / Multiple Sclerosis

If I ask most people this question they will typically answer – smoking, drinking, or eating too much junk food. Yes it’s true of course that these behaviors are not particularly conducive to good health, but from my experience the people who attend The Healing Code Acupuncture clinic have health issues which relate to another factor. These people will often present with conditions such as skin disorders, migraines, sleep problems, low immunity, fatigue, muscular problems, neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, vertigo and anxiety. With regard to fertility, it also accounts for a significant portion of that large number of people who encounter unexplained fertility problems, where there appears to be nothing physically wrong however they are unable to become pregnant. Frequently for these people, if pregnancy does occur it will fail to progress beyond the first trimester.

So what is the single factor that ultimately can cause so many problems? It is the non-consumption of dark leafy green vegetables. A recent US report for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicated that the average adult needs to increase their consumption of dark leafy green vegetables by approximately 300%. I would say it is even much more than this for the average person. From a Chinese Medical perspective people who do not eat enough dark leafy greens are ultimately likely to develop a condition or “pattern of disharmony” called “Xue Xu” or Blood Deficiency. Blood Deficiency has three causes two of which are not related to diet:

1) Inherited – If one or both of your parents was Blood Deficient there is a good chance that when you were born you had some of your own blood deficiency.

2) Blood loss – This can be due to accident, or for women, heavy menstruation over a prolonged timeframe and also childbirth. In China, even after a normal delivery, women are presumed to be Blood Deficient after they have given birth. Because this is believed to be a vulnerable time for any woman it is common to carry out a practice known as “Mother Warming”. This is where the mother is nourished and given time to rest and recover. This typically lasts for two to three months. Post-natal depression is almost always associated with Blood Deficiency where the woman was not given the proper opportunity to recover after giving birth.

3) Improper diet – This is by far the most common cause of Blood Deficiency. When we talk about “diet” in the West we typically concern ourselves with the “bad foods” that we should not eat. However Blood Deficiency is caused not by the bad foods that we eat, but rather by the good foods that we don’t eat and the Kings of the Blood Tonics are Dark Leafy Green Vegetables.

To me it’s almost common sense. What species are we genetically most similar to? The great apes such as chimpanzee and gorillas are understood to have a 97% similarity genetically to humans. The big food chains don’t like McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Burger King don’t market their products to the great apes (at least not just yet  ). So what diet do these species have when they are only really influenced by nature? The mountain gorilla consumes parts of at least 142 plant species and three types of fruit. About 86% of their diet is comprised of dark leafy greens in the form of leaves, shoots, and stems, 7% is roots, 3% is flowers, 2% is fruit, and 2% ants, snails, and grubs. So early in our evolution our diet was a lot more like that of the great apes and therefore these are the foods are body’s crave and really the foods that we are designed for.

The truth is that people very rarely eat enough dark leafy greens and this even includes vegetarians. I believe that if you are well and healthy and not Blood Deficient you need to eat at least a fist sized portion of dark leafy greens every day. If you are Blood Deficient and encountering some of the health issues previously mentioned you should aim to eat at least two fist sized portions every day. If this seems like a lot of vegetables, there is one supplement that I believe will help you to achieve the same benefits without the challenge of eating so many greens. Spirulina is simply the most nutritious food known to many and is known as a “Super Green” because it contains most of the nutrients food in dark leafy greens.

I suggest that you should try to consciously eat more spinach, cabbage, kale and brocolli in your daily diet and as a safety measure you should supplement with between 3,000 and 6,000mg of Spirulina every day. In some cases I would even suggest that you increase this to 9,000mg a day.

It is now also known that these foods also protect against other severe conditions. Scientific studies have linked these foods with a lower risk of breast, lung and skin cancers. In addition, lutein contained in dark leafy greens seems to help slow the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a cause of age-related blindness. In Chinese Medicine many eye disorders are understood to be related to Blood Deficiency.

These same dark greens also supply a significant amount of folate. Folate is a B vitamin that promotes heart health and helps to prevent certain birth defects. Folate is also necessary for DNA duplication and repair. Without repair, damaged cells can develop into cancer.

It is important not to underestimate folate. Several large studies have proven that people with a high folate intake have up to a 40% lower risk of developing many types of cancers when compared to those who eat a more typical diet.

So all in all, the argument for eating more dark leafy greens is compelling. You will be doing yourself a huge favour if you up your intake of dark leafy greens, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
• Lightheadedness and dizziness
• Dry scalp and skin
• Sometimes weak and brittle nails
• Sensitivity to bright lights and sunlight
• Muscular cramps and spasms
• Restless legs
• Pins and needles in limbs
• Cold extremities
• Poor concentration
• Fatigue
• Sleep problems
• Cravings for sugar

These are just some of the common symptoms relating to Blood Deficiency. If you have encountered some of these symptoms and have any questions feel free to get in touch – I’ll do my best to help. Dermot


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