“TCM believes that seasonal climatic conditions, geography and location, habitat, mental and physical elements and the make-up of the person affect the state of their health and in turn affect the skin condition. So first we must know ourselves well and identify the strengths and weaknesses of our bodies before we can keep our skin pretty. We must lead a healthy life pattern with a good diet, regular exercise of mind and body, the correct stress levels (stress can motivate us) and quality sleep.”
Dr Gladys Leung, Chuan Spa (China-wide)
Although raised within a Western culture, when travelling in China, Dr Leung met an inspiring Hong Kong doctor who introduced the wisdom of TCM to her. Eight years of study later, she treasures the inter-relationship between nature, human and society that the philosophy has taught her, and which she feels is missing in the West. Her mission is to share the traditions and innovations of TCM, blending them with Western programmes, resulting in ways to improve lifestyles rather than simply healing illnesses.
TCM AND CANCER
“Chinese Medicine can benefit cancer patients,” says Dr Zhao Ya Xiong from Mandarin Oriental, Sanya. “When you combine acupuncture (to regulate chi and blood) with the psychological induction theory (building a patient’s confidence to face cancer with a positive attitude), the yin and yang are balanced, which improves the immune system and in turn helps clean up the cancer cells.
“Chinese medicine has a lot of herbs that have anti-cancer effects and with an early cancer diagnosis, the body can have a good response to this treatment, which can include Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata (Fu Zi), Pinellia Tuber (Ban Xia) and Herba Scutellariae Barbatae (Ban Zhi Lian). These herbs themselves contain toxins, but have a good effect on cancers of the liver, lungs, intestines and stomach.”