July 2009

Prawn is a good food, its flesh is plentiful and fresh, rich in nutrition and most people enjoy eating prawns. Good species of prawns often fetch high prices within the market place. Prawns have good benefits according to the ancient records of Chinese medicine treatment.

In Chinese medicine theory the Spleen organ is primarily responsible for the digestion of food and fluids. When food is consumed the Spleen transforms it into energy (Qi) and transports this energy to the other organs and parts of the body. If the Spleen function is normal, the digestion will be good, with a good appetite and regular bowel movements.

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It is common knowledge that diet plays a very important role in maintaining good health. Traditional Chinese medicine takes into account the various flavours (eg. sweet, sour, bitter, salty) and natures (eg. cool, cold, warm, hot) of all foods and sees that various foods should be eaten according to each individual’s body type.

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The Liver has many important functions in the body. One of the main functions of the Liver is to ensure the smooth flow of Qi or energy throughout the body. This smooth flow of Qi assists the Spleen and Stomach to regulate digestion and allows emotions to flow freely. The Liver is also responsible for storing Blood in the body and regulating menstruation. It influences the tendons in the body, ensuring the smooth movement of joints and good muscle action.

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In winter the diet should reinforce and strengthen the Kidney and Spleen energy and warm the Yang part of the body.

This is important because the Kidneys and Yang energy in the body can be easily depleted by the coldness and dampness of winter. This leads to a Yang deficiency or lack of warmth in the body.

Signs and symptoms include dull back ache, cold hands and feet, intolerance to the cold, frequent urination and going to the toilet at night, bloating, decreased energy levels, decreased libido, waking up early (eg. 5am), weak or sore knees and loose bowel movements.

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