for Health Care: The Dao of Health
What is Dao? The Chinese character
means “The Way”. The Dao of health means the right way of health. The well-known Chinese phrase “Yang Sheng
Zhi Dao” explicitly points to “The
Dao of Health”. Consotherapy, which is established by Dr. Jeffrey Zhongxue
Mah ( Zhongxue Ma), includes “The Dao of Health” and “The Dao of
There are five principles of health
in the “Dao of Health” system in consotherapy. Below is a brief description
of the contents. For more information, please read Dr. Mah’s monograph: A
Second Chance: Approaching Cancer through Chinese Medicine.
1. The Dao of Healthy Emotion
Based on traditional Chinese
Medicine, health is affected by seven types of emotions for all people,
regardless of their nationalities, races, and regions. These emotions are
joy, anger, worry, over-thinking, sadness, fear, and fright. Each emotion
affects different organ system. Joy affects the Heart system and its
functions; Anger affects the Liver system and its functions; Worry and
over-thinking affect the Spleen system and its functions; Sadness affects
the Lung system and its functions; Fear and fright affect the Kidney system
and its functions. Certain emotional changes affect certain parts of the
body, and excessive emotional changes are detrimental to the health. The
Emotional Theory provides a guideline for disease prevention through
controlling emotions. For example, we need to remind ourselves to calm down
when feeling angry so that the functions of the Liver system would not be
2. The Dao of Healthy Diet
There are two methods, the first is
the use of food. Food can be classified into five types based on their
colors: green, red, yellow, white and black/dark purple. Food of different
colors affect health differently. Green food benefits the liver; red food
improves the heart function; yellow food nourishes the spleen; white food
is good for the lung; and black/dark purple food makes the kidney work
better. Based on this theory, food with all these colors should be
considered in order to result in a balanced influence on the inner organs
of our bodies.
The second method is the use of
Chinese medicine supplement. For example, goji berry is frequently used by
Chinese medicine doctors as one of the ingredients in their prescriptions.
The general public also uses it to make soup. Therefore, herbs that serve
both purposes are called Chinese medicine supplement, or Yao Shi (藥食)
3. The Dao of Healthy Lifestyle
The healthy living habit is
embedded in our daily routine activities. People who would like to
establish good living habits should pay attention to the following things:
First, maintain a regular schedule.
As an ancient Chinese proverb says: “Get up on sunrise and go to bed on
sunset”. In other words, lives are active when the sun rises. If people get
up with the sun, it will activate the positive energies in the body. After
the sun sets, everything becomes dormant. If people take rest at this time,
positive energy can then be saved and restored. Taking rest does not
necessarily mean going to bed or sleep right after dark; it means that we
can do some activities different from daytime , such as taking a walk,
looking at the sunset, singing, dancing, or having a cup of tea and relax.
You might want to ask: “When would be a proper time to go to bed?” The time
for going to bed and taking a nap is called “Zi Shi and Wu Shi”. “Zi Shi”
means midnight. We should finish activities and lay on bed around eleven
o’clock and fall asleep before twelve midnight, because midnight is the
coldest time of the day in nature. The positive energy goes down to the
lowest point, thus we must rest and stop consuming the positive energy. “Wu
Shi” means noon time. Taking a fifteen to thirty minutes nap at noon is
beneficial for us after we consume the positive energy the whole morning.
Taking a break at noon gives our body a chance to regain the energy for
Second, eat appropriately. This
refers to that we should dine at regular time and with a proper amount. In
the morning when the sun rises, our body needs quality food to promote the
positive energy. The principle of "Zao Chi Hao” refers to eating nutritious food in the
morning. At noon, the most productive time of the day, the digestive
function of our body is the strongest. Therefore, we need a relatively
larger portion of food to produce energy for the afternoon. This is what is
so called” Zhong Chi Bao” , which means eating a wide variety of food and
to be full at noon. In the evening, when the sun sets, the positive energy
of the nature declines, and the digestive function of human body is also
decreasing. Therefore, it is better that we eat some light food and don’t
get ourselves stuffed. Being 80% full is the best. “Wan Chi Shao” thus
refers to eating less food at dinner time.
Third, refrain from smoking and
drinking. Both cigarettes and alcohol provide certain levels of stimulation
to the body. It has been well documented that cigarettes and alcohol can
cause serious damages to the body. Cigarettes, including second-hand
smoking, contribute to the development of lung cancer, heart disease,
cerebral paralysis, digestive ulcer, progeria, amenorrhea, premature birth,
miscarriage, fragile bones, mental handicap and low birth weight, children
bronchitis, wheezing, and tympanitis. Drinking too much may cause damages
to the liver, stomach, intestine, lung and would also result in obesity.
Therefore, quitting smoking and drinking is very important for health
Fourth, exercise regularly.
Exercising produces Yang (positive) energy; quietness generates Yin
(negative) energy. The Yang energy helps the body to warm up and promotes
the metabolism, and the Yin energy nourishes human body and delivers the
nutrition. Therefore, our body needs both work and break. The over-working
or over-quietness both damage the body, just as the following sayings said:
Long-time sitting damages the
Long-time walking damages the
Long-time standing damages the bone
Long-time resting damages the blood
Long-time talking damages the
"qi" or energy system.
4. The Dao of Healthy Environment
In Consotherapy theory, the
environment is separated into internal and external parts. We already talked
about how to take care of the internal environment through healthy emotion,
healthy diet, and healthy lifestyle. Here we are going to focus on the
External environment is everything
outside the human body, which includes the environment we created for
living and working. There are five factors that would affect our health in
the environment, they are: air, sun, water, geography and facilities. The most important factor that affects
our health is weather, which is related to air.
In springtime, when the weather
turns warm, lives start to wake up, and the positive energy of the nature
restores. We should follow the flow of the season and be optimistic and
active. Try not to be depressed because being depressed will eliminate the
positive energy in our bodies. We should be generous. We should give more
and fight less; reward more and punish less. By doing so, we will be able
to get along with our friends and family well. We can sleep late and get up
early, fall the hair down loosely, stretch the body more, and walk in the
garden and appreciate the beauty of nature. Spring is the season of
maintaining the liver, so we can eat some mild spicy and sweet food in the
spring to facilitate the positive energy of the liver. But please avoid the
sour food, because sour food will suppress the development the positive
energy in the liver.
During summer, the sunlight is
strong, and temperature is high. Everything on the earth is flourishing. We
need to be peaceful in the summer, and avoid being angry. The combination
of the hot weather and over heat of the body will damage our health. Summer
is a good time for work and study. As for sleep, we can also sleep late and
get up early. But please make sure that during sleep the fan is not blowing
directly at you, and avoid having the air conditioner on for the whole
night. Also you don't want to stay in the cold water for too long. Summer
is the season of maintaining the heart, so we should eat more warm and mild
spicy food instead of cold and bitter food.
Fall is the season of harvest,
everything on the earth matures. At this time, the positive energy of the
nature starts to decline, and the negative energy starts to increase. The
temperature difference is big, which also affects people's emotions. People
easily feel sad and depress when they see the plants withered. So, it’s
important to stay calm to keep the lung healthy. As for sleep, it’s better
to sleep early and get up early. Fall is the season of maintaining the
lung. Because the weather tends to be drier in fall, our bodies may become
dry too. We need to eat some more sour food, drink more water, and decrease
the consumption of spicy food.
In the winter, the water is frozen
and everything on the earth enters the stage of hiding and sleeping. We
should then follow the nature and rest more. Avoid the excitement of
emotions, especially the emotions of afraid, being scared, and upset. Only
when the inner peace grows with the Yang energy in our body, we can be
ready for the challenges of the following year. We should then sleep early and not have
to wake up until the sun is up. By doing so, we would have enough time to
grow the Yang energy. In addition, the winter is the season for maintaining
kidney. Since the salty taste goes into the kidney, we should then eat more
bitter food and avoid the salty food.
for Cancer Patient
According to a study of cancer,
consotherapy now is extensively to use to improve the immunity of a cancer
patient. The core product names Tian Xian Cao Yi hao, or Consomate One.
What is the meaning of Tian Xian
Cao? It contains three Chinese characters: tian, xian, and cao. "Tian
Xian" refers to a goddess, and 'Cao" means herb.
600 years ago, Chinese Ming
Dynasty, a pharmaceutical giant book, "Ben Cao Gang Mu “ ( Compendium of
Materia Medica) records: there is an herb naturally grown in hillsides. Its
green leaves strangely wrapping rich sand-like particles. Dr. Li Shi Zhen,
the author, exclaimed: "God made." The "sand" is named
as Hai Jin Sha ( Gold in the sea).
The leave is then named as Tian Xian Cao (Goddess Herb).
Nowadays, Tian Xian Cao becomes one
of important ingredient in Consotherapy to help cancer patients.
for Difficult Cases: The individualized herbal pills
For some people, they are still in
sub-health even if they do follow the above four principles of the Dao of
Health. Those people need help from specific herbal medicine. That is the
very reason Dr. Jeffery Mah invented the individualized herbal pills.
What are individualized herbal
The herbal products of Chinese
medicine in market are directed for everybody. They are good for common diseases.
However, they cannot be used for a lot of specific cases. Dr. Jeffrey
Zhongxue Mah invented the theory of individual pills. Their functions are
as same as raw herbal medicines cooked for individuals, but they are more
convenient to take, and easier for
patients who are suffering from chronic diseases or those people who needs personalized