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seneca Post time: 2012-3-9 18:54
No sex during a woman's menstruation is common all over the world and not just a Chinese "myth".
Sorry for replying so old post, but if You allow me to answer:
Hot, and Cold is only the very top of an iceberg.
This is about Chinese Traditional Medicine, that concentrate on "elements" etc.
We may not understund it, but somehow... seems that it works in many cases.
As far as I remember - CTM focuses on avoiding problems insteed of curing them.
Taking care about food is one of the most basic methods.
Ok, CTM may talk about "elements", hot, cold, etc.
Western medicine can talk about influence of capsaicine, and other "elements" in food, and its' role for our body.
Maybe both talk about the same, but just in different way?
For hundreds of years we describe "hot taste" as... well... hot indeed. In many languages. In English is "hot" in Chinese "la". Now scientists knows that substances in food (for example - mentioned capsaicine) triggers the same sensors, that react on hot temperature, giving the same kind of signals to the brain.
Native tribes in Africa or America use some herbs "because of Their tradition", we then take it analyse, and in many cases find how it work at "chemistry level".
I believe, that it is the same with CTM.
Some of mechanisms "western" medicine already knows, some - not (maybe will? who knows...).
Some things just works, how - it may be described as well by chemistry, phisics, medicine, or even religion... For me it is not important, as long as it works.
So - back to the point.
I would not put CTM to the same barrel with "black cats" :)