NaturalCures are as traditional in Japan as rice
In Japan we have practiced Kanpo
(natural medicine or
As a culture we have infused many home remedies and healthy
living practices into everyday life. Meal plans, spiritual
pursuits and exercise are part of a typical Japanese lifestyle. Here,
eastern medicine or naturalcures are as accepted as western style
practices are so infused into our culture that many recieve their
health giving benefits without even thinking about it.
The typical Japanese will walk
or ride a bicycle on a daily basis
short trips to the market or to the train station which is what most
use to go to work and for other daily activities. Once at the station
they will walk up and down stairs to the train platform and to their
office from the train station or to the bicycle parking area to
ride back home after work.
Typicals meals are wild deep sea fish,
rice, seasonal vegetables, tofu and
. All are healthy choices and
typical of a
Japanese meal. We tend to put as much emphasis on arrangement, beauty
and ambiance as on food choices.
We also eat using many small bowls and dishes so that at one time there
is never a big amount of any one food on the table. The idea is you can
get more any time, but in smaller amounts so it cuts down on over
eating. One of our traditional sayings and practices is "harahachibunme
" which means eat until
you are 80% full.
Meat is enjoyed, but as a side dish
the other things as the center
pieces. This is opposite of many western countries where meat and
potatoes are the center of the meal with vegetables as a side dish.
I was shocked to learn from my American husband that a common diet in
the U.S. is to skip all but one or two meals a day to loose weight.
This is the very diet our Sumo Wrestlers use to get so fat. That`s right... the typical American diet
to loose weight is the typical Sumo Wrestlers diet to get Fat!
Many have made the false assumption that Asians are slim and
more healthy because of genetic factors. Any Japanese person who has
gone abroad to live and adapted a western diet can tell you that they
gained weight and began to suffer many of the same ills as a typical
Anyone who has ever watched a Sumo competition can see that
when we eat only one or two meals a
day and those are full of high
, (which is what a Sumo wrestler does), we get fat
like any other person.
So what this all means for you and me and the world is that there are
some simple practices that can and will increase health, energy, longer
life spans and a healthy weight
. Japan has followed many of
practices for over 3000 years.
But like all modern industrialized countries, we are beginning to move away from the old
and into contemporary ways of living. We have a McDonalds or Wendy`s every few
. Krispy Kreme
wildly poplular here; and lets not forget about Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dominoes Pizza
and Baskin Robbins 31 flavors.
like all people of the
world have their share of bad habits
Many drink alcohol on a regular basis, smoking is still a cultural norm
and long work hours are typical.
The more we move away from our old ways, the more we see increasing
incidents of things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Many of our healthy traditions
have helped keep us the healthiest
on the planet despite
our bad habits
, but the more we move away
from our traditions the more we see the effects of bad health.
When we think of naturalcures
we often think of some
exotic herb or rare plant or food and these are indeed important
In recent years Japan has used the
rigors of western science to
the numerous plants,
and sea based materials used
in Chinese or Eastern medicine, (the most extensive use of
natural-cures in the
Traditional, (TCM), and Classic,(CCM), Chinese medicine literally
hundreds or perhaps even thousands of plants, herbs, minerals and sea
materials for their medicimal uses. Using
science, the Japanese have
200 - 300 most useful and powerful of these.
We will introduce
many of those herbs, minerals and sea materials and how to use them.
In addition to the above... natualcures
are often as simple
as developing good daily habits. Learning and using some
of Japan`s cultural habits can help bring you to a state of
health just as it has for Japan as a nation.
The nutrition in healthy food choices, eating more slowly and 4 or 5
times a day in smaller
amounts are important natural-cures. Daily meditation and
prayer, stretching and deep breathing are also important activities to
Learning to increase physical activity such as walking or riding a
bicycle by incorporating them into daily living is another great
natural-cure to improve health, well-being and to reduce stress and
it`s related illness`s. Spiritual pursuits, developing good
family and friends are additional important naturalcures.
You don`t have to eat tofu to be
, but learning some of the
practices of the Japanese and other healthy cultures can get you back
to a state of health. You can make healthy choices and still enjoy the
things you do and the things you eat.
I hope you will join our community here and allow me to be your guide to naturalcures
and Japanese health secrets.
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