Yin, Yang and Diet
Shiatsu practitioners often will recommend a change in the diet plan for their customers. In traditional oriental medicine practice, diet is an integral part of the treatment. Various types of foods differ in their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional effects. This energy is split into two parts known as Yin and Yang. Yin is where energy is expanding and yang is where it is contracting. Food can be divided into three main types-those that are 'balanced', and some that are yin and some that are yang.
The balance between yin and yang is very important to the body. For example, it plays a major role in the production of hormones such as progesterone, glycogen and insulin and the expansion and contraction of the lungs, etc. A balanced way of eating, mainly from the grains, beans, seeds, nuts and vegetables, etc, is important as this will help to achieve the energy balance in the meridians, organs and chakras. When these two opposing forces of yin and yang are in harmony and balanced, physical and mental health will result. For an perspective of food from the traditional oriental perspective, refer to our treatment of food from the ayurvedic perspective.)
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