We all experience pain, illness and disease. And we know that there are many reasons for this—some of which we have control over and some we don’t. But did you know that most people’s poor health is commonly caused by seven factors?
These factors include: imbalances, climate, emotions, diet, activity level, stress and sexual activity. Of course, this list does not include those serious conditions caused by physical trauma or viruses. However, with regard to our daily aches, pains and ailments the list is an adequate representation of causes. By considering your signs and symptoms in these terms you will be able to identify the causative factors of your pain, illness or disease and administer or receive the proper corrective therapy.
Let’s now look at some of the more prevalent illness-causes that people tend to overlook because they are prone to them every day.
1. General Imbalances
Pain, illness or disease in the body are the result of either an excess of something (e.g., too much alcohol or sex), a deficiency of something (e.g., not enough calcium or iron in the blood), or a stagnation of something (e.g., muscle spasm or constipation). The main point of any wellness program, then, should be to identify and to correct the imbalance(s). Moderation is the key, in all aspects of life… if wellbeing is to be maintained.
2. The Climate
The six climatic changes found in nature include Wind, Cold, Summer Heat, Damp, Dryness and Fire (mild heat and high heat). Under normal circumstances they do not produce adverse changes in the body. However, each sort of climate does invade the body via the skin, mouth or nose…. and in extremes can cause unbalanced (poor) health.
For example, on damp and rainy days you might feel cold and chilly and pasty; on hot summer days, you risk getting sunstroke or feeling overheated, dehydrated and tired; on cold winter days you can catch a chill, have a runny nose, experience muscle aches and pains. If left untreated (i.e., out of balance), these simple inconveniences may lead to conditions like pain, numbness, nausea and infection.
3. Your Emotions
Emotions play a vital role in both wellness and illness. While emotions are natural and important parts of life, in excess they can be damaging to the body. We are talking here of excessive feelings of joy, anger, melancholy, anxiety, grief, fear and fright.
Under ordinary conditions emotions are normal reactions to events in daily life. However, if emotional frustration is extremely abrupt, intense or persistent, and so exceeds an individual’s normal endurance, it may then produce functional disorders of the organs by upsetting the harmonious balance of energy and blood. At extremes, emotions then become the pathogenic factors, bringing on diseases.
4. Dietary Choices
In terms of diet, a way of life that allows the consumption of too much fatty and sweet food can generate internal heat and result in excessive adipose tissue (fat), phlegm and congestion, cholitis, irritable bowel syndrome.
Excessive consumption of raw or cold food can cause harm to the stomach and spleen. The cold and damp qualities of these foods may lead to the abdominal pain and loose stools.
For more on diet, you can find Dr. Wiley’s articles here, here and here.
5. Physical Activity
Normal levels of physical exertion and exercise are helpful to digestion, the movement of blood and removal of toxins and, of course, the toning of the body. However, excessive physical or mental exertion or over-indulgence in sexual activity or a lack of physical work and exercise may cause illness.
Inadequate physical work and exercise can result in low energy and slower blood flow. These can cause loss of appetite, lassitude and feebleness in the limbs, listlessness, phlegm and damp retention, obesity, as well as shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating and other secondary illnesses.
For more on physical activity, you can see Dr. Wiley’s article here.
Stress is one of the leading causes of illness in the United States. Indeed, nearly 66 percent of all signs and symptoms presented in doctors’ offices in the U.S. are stress induced.
The effects of stress include nail biting, anxiety, a racing mind, obsessive thoughts, compulsive behavior, unending worry, muscle tension and spasm, poor appetite or too great an appetite, digestive disorders, constipation, insomnia, poor blood flow, belabored breathing, neck pain, shoulder tension and the possible onset or continuation of bad habits such as dependence on alcohol, drugs, painkillers, food and caffeine.
For more on stress, you can read Dr. Wiley’s article here.
7. Sexual Activity
Excessive sexual activity undermines the life "essence" and kidneys. The result is general debility with aching and weakness in the lumbar region of the back and in the knees, dizziness, tinnitus, lassitude, hypo-sexuality, nocturnal emissions, premature ejaculation and impotence.
For more on sex you can read Dr. Wiley’s article here.
As you can see from the above examples, there are many things we do and don’t do on a daily basis that tax our health and affect our wellness. We could even say that much of the chronic, daily pain and suffering we experience is, in fact, self-induced. That is, it is caused or made worse by our actions, habits and emotional states.
The good news is, once you understand what is causing your non-life-threatening (yet chronic) health issues and start being mindful of your daily life, you can remove most pain and illness from your life.
—Dr. Mark Wiley