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Dr. Shmuel Halevi
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - 11:58:   

In reply to an Email by Barbara.
Chinese medicine does not regard foods according to their chemical constituents or values. It does regard foods according to their energetic value. This means: hot or cold, damp or dry etc.
Yet, Chinese medicine does acknowledge foods contribution to our health in respect to their Qi, or energy, value. This means, for example, that natural and fresh foods contain a "better" Qi than stale or industrialized foods. By this respect, natural foods which carry a valuable Qi, have better assimilation capabilities than industrialized foods which have same measure of calories. I.e.: a cup of white sugar that measure X calories will more readily cause obesity than a cup of honey with the same X calories.
Also Western medicine recognizes this fact, without adhering to the Qi definitions of Chinese medicine. In terms of Western medicine, natural foods contain enzimes (Qi?) which greatly enhances the digestive process, thereby eliminating obesity problems.
Hope this clears the matter.

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