In the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (Huang Di Nei Jing), Qi Bo, the emperor’s personal physician, says (paraphrased):
“Those who wait to treat disease until it has already arisen are like those who wait until they are thirsty to dig a well, or wait until they are in battle to forge weapons. Are not these actions too late?”
"Human hunger is the result of overtaxation; For this reason, there is hunger." Tao Te Ching Chapter 75
Basically, if you understand how disease progresses from minor to major, you can interrupt the process before it becomes so deeply rooted that you will have trouble correcting it with natural approaches. Updated application of this perspective using traditional Chinese medical theories (yin-yang, Eight Principles, and Five Transformations) can easily incorporate and make sense of otherwise inexplicable medical findings, such as why many people with skin disorders have a history of respiratory allergies or asthma as well.
8. Diseases of mind and spirit, summed as self-delusion
What comes out reflects what went in.
- coughing and sneezing
- more frequent defecation
- more frequent urination
- increased and spontaneous sweating and sudden rashes
- fidgeting, tapping, muscle spasms and tension, acute hyperactivity
- rapid blinking
- irritability, anger
- anxiety, excitability
Modern laboratory and clinical science creating 'top-down' knowledge only studies a quite small part of reality and moves very slowly compared to empirical discovery growing from 'bottom-up.'
Check your own experience. For my part, I see these relationships in my clinic on a daily basis.
At this stage of disease, recovery requires removal of the dietary and other causes, and improvement of diet and exercise. Since the imbalance does not have deep roots, it may take only several hours to several days to recover.