Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on the concept that everything is a combination, interaction of opposites: yang (hot, building) and yin (cold, cleansing) many of whcih we control through diet, exercise, thought, etc.
The body is not one structure and function but many that work together to produce greater structure and function, health and longevity. The immune system is not separate from digestion, absorption, blood, elimination, etc. Most autoimmune illnesses (Candida Albicans, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr Syndrome, Lupus, Crohn's Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.) share similar symptoms: abdominal bloating, gas, loose stools, diarrhea, constipation, mucous, phlegm, swelling, edema, etc. They also tend to affect women, more so than men.
1. Lupus: abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.
2. Crohn's Disease: pain in abdomen, right lower quadrant, appendix, diarrhea, nausea, fever, fatigue and or weight loss.
3. Fibromialgia: chronic, achy muscular pain, dizziness, fatigue, Irritable Bowel syndrome (abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and or anorexia), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc.
4. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: extreme fatigue, aching muscles and joints, headaches, low blood pressure, fever, loss of appetite, upper respiratory infections, nasal congestion, mucous, phlegm, Candidiasis, intestinal problems, depression, anxiety, etc.
Most autoimmune illnesses progress in stages. Stage 1 is indigestion. Stage 2 is poor elimination. Stage 3 is blood deficiency and stage 4, months, years later, is autoimmune illnesses.
Stage One. Indigestion
Digestion transforms and transports food, nutrients into blood. Poor diet, Low protein, low fat and high carbohydrate, especially salads, tropical fruits, juices, etc. tends to weaken, decrease digestion, absorption, blood. Weak digestion transforms and transports less, producing fatigue, pallor, pain, numbness, inflammation, weight loss, sour, musty body odor, etc.
Stage Two. Poor elimination
Weak digestion also tends to cause poor elimination: loose stools, diarrhea and or constipation, as all food, nutrients, non-nutrients, not digested, absorbed become waste, and is sent, moved down into the large intestine, for temporary storage and eventual elimination. All waste products, especially animal protein and fat, are poisonous, toxic (Ama). Daily elimination is necessary; otherwise, re-absorption into the blood and lymph may occur; and in the extreme, autointoxication, weakening of the body, immune system, producing antibodies that attack healthy tissues and other body materials. The large intestine tends to be the breeding ground for autoimmune illnesses.
Stage Three. Blood deficiency
Autoimmune illnesses, in general tend to attack women more than men. Many women tend to eat low protein, low fat and high carbohydrate diets. They also menstruate (prior to menopause) lose blood regularly, three to seven days every month for thirty plus years, from the first menses to the last, menopause. The combination of diet and menstruation tends to cause blood deficiency, weak digestion, absorption, elimination, energy, etc. making women more prone to developing autoimmune illnesses. Autoimmune illnesses are generally cold, deficient (under-built, over-cleansed) in nature.
Stage Four. Autoimmune Illnesses
The body is not one structure and function, but many that work together to produce greater, healthier or worse, disease function. It is similar to dominoes. Autoimmune illness, in general, is the fourth domino. The first three are digestion, elimination and blood. Drugs, surgery and chronic illness may also be a factor, domino.
The hotter middle diet, meal plan is recommended for autoimmune diseases that are caused by cold, damp, under built diets.