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Oriental medicine doctor stresses balanced dieting


Having a slim physique is most people’s dream. They are willing to spend inordinate amounts of money on diet products to achieve an enviable bodyline. In particular, for many young women, dieting has become a quasi-religious quest on which they meditate daily, if not hourly.

In this appearance-obsessed society, one female Oriental medicine doctor has emerged as an evangelist of the new doctrine, preaching a gospel of balanced dieting that can lead to a healthy new life. Above all, she warns that excessive dieting without sound knowledge of health issues can destroy, not redeem, one’s body.

“Some youngsters opt not to eat certain foods in order to lose weight, but this can pose a severe threat to their health,” said Wang Hye-moon, the Oriental medicine doctor and author of “Easy Cooking for Health.” “Malnutrition breaks the natural cycle of the human body and prevents people from enjoying a healthy life.”

Instead, she recommends people follow a simple nutritious diet full of grains, vegetables and fruit.“Salad is nice food which contains these ingredients. Eating a bowl of salad with a wide range of vegetables, fruits, cheese, mushrooms and nuts can guarantee improved health and a slim body,” said Wang in an interview with The Korea Times.

The Oriental doctor with a 10-year career said it is possible for people to enjoy living up to the age of 120, provided they look after themselves through a harmonious combination of diet and exercise. To achieve this, she highlighted three key elements ― food, rest and exercise ― for achieving and maintaining good health. “In addition to balanced food, people need to have sufficient rest and moderate exercise. If these three elements are fulfilled, I’m sure people can live for up to 120 years.”

Under a blanket title of “total care,” she hopes to build a healthcare center which will cover broad aspects of people’s health issues from food to exercise and psychological matters. “Our bodies are very complicated and are affected by our emotions and psychological state. I hope to help people who suffer from problems related to these,” she said. With this in mind, she studies not only Oriental medicine but also other fields, including Western medicine, counseling and nutrition.

The Korea Times