In this breakthrough book, Rehmannia Dean Thomas discusses ancient Chinese observations on metabolism and energy use. Living organisms “gather chi” in foods, water, air, and sunlight to be transformed into life-force. Thomas discusses how chi is infused into the blood and distributed to produce bodily energy.
Rehmannia observes a critical dichotomy between the views of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and advocates of the raw food diet. In this book he provides an equation.
TCM has observed (correctly) that people on diets of high-raw foods, particularly women, can accumulate moisture retention as edema, causing bloating and unwanted weight gain in the middle-body. The Chinese call this accumulation “damp spleen”, which can inhibit the flame of metabolism and reduce the energy the body receives from its diet. Damp spleen can affect weight management, menstrual cycles, skin, and general energy.