食養内科

77 水毒防ぐために(英文)  <<印刷はこちらから

 

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平成12年頃、食養内科に入院していた女性の患者がこの英文を読んで、文章に問題があると感じ修正してくれました。この人は名古屋の方の大学教授で、同じ大学の外人教授に見せたところ、その外人が直してくれたのです。

従って、この英文は外国人が読んでも理解しやすい文章になっていると思います。

水毒という言葉を使ってこの病態を説明していたら、ある日本人の患者が水を飲んではいけないのだと勘違いして、喉が渇いていても水を我慢した人がいました。

その経験から、水毒という言葉を止めて、今は“水滞”という言葉に変えて説明しています。

 

To take Preventive Measures

against "Suidoku" (excessive water in the body)

 

1)What is "Suidoku"?

We call excessive water in the body "Suidoku" in Kampo (Chinese) medicine."Sui" () means water, and "Doku" () means poison. So Suidoku means unnecessary excessive water in the body. Suidoku is related to climate.

Being in Japan, you may find Japanese climate humid. Since it is very humid especially during summer season, you will have less evaporation and sweat out of skin. As a result, you seem to keep excessive (unnecessary) water in your body.

Air is dry in low temperature areas like Europe and North America. The same phenomena are seen in countries along the coast of Mediterranean sea and continental countries. People living in those areas find it easy to sweat out excessive water in bodies through the skin. That's why, it is rare to find a person who suffers from keeping excessive water in the body in dry areas.

Japan is an island country, located on the east side of the Asiatic Continent, and known for its humid climate. In accordance with this natural climate, Japanese people have been devising many ways not to keep excessive water in the body. They get rid of moisture out of houses (dwelling), body, food, and clothes in their way of life for keeping good health. The traditional Japanese house is made of wood and paper and built with a floor high from the ground.

Japanese people used to wear Kimono (traditional clothes) with loose collar and sleeves which enable air easily go through. The traditional footwear, clogs and sandals, also keep feet dry. Japanese diet tends to not to keep excessive water in the body.

 

2)Symptoms of Suidoku.

According to modern Western Medicine, excessive water in the body is considered to be one of the symptoms of edema or ascites. In Kampo medicine Suidoku is regarded as a condition before symptom of edema or ascites appears.

When you have Suidoku in your Body, the following symptoms may occur

 

① You feel the body heavy

② You feel the body cold

③ runny nose

④ clogged nose

⑤ catch cold easily

⑥ You feel dizziness or vertigo

⑦ You hear noises in your head

 

3) Causes of Suidoku.

You will not have Suidoku just from drinking water. If you rather drink water, you will not have suidoku. You will have Suidoku when you drink milk, coffee, juice and sweetened soft drinks instead of drinking water. Generally Suidoku may occur from over drinking tasty beverage. Following are some of the reasons which may cause you Suidoku

 

① Having strong taste foods (meals) .

The more you have meals sweetened with sugar or seasoned with salt, the more you become thirsty and want to drink water or tea. Water you drink with tasty meals may be stocked in the body.

 

 ② Having rich meals.

The more you have rich meals which contain oil or fat, the more you become thirsty. Your blood become so thick that you have to dilute blood with water. Water you drink with rich meals may be stocked in the body.

 

③ Overeating.

When you eat too much, your blood becomes thick and you become thirsty.

 

4)How to get rid of Suidoku.

To take preventive measures against Suidoku, you have to change your diet, dwelling, clothes and footwear. It is a good way to do moderate regular exercise and to sweat a little.

Basically, it is very important to take care of foods and drinks. Drinking too much herb tea may cause you Suidoku. Furthermore, just drinking too much water may also cause you Suidoku. There are some drinking water therapies known as drinking alkaline ion water, reducing water or drinking simple(raw) water. Since those drinking water therapies advise you to drink as much water as you can, you have to drink too much water even though you are not thirsty. That's why your body would be full of excessive water.

 

5)Caution about diets which may cause Suidoku.

 

 ① Sweets, Candy

Sweets contains much starch, sugar, salt and oil. You should be careful of overeating them.

 

② Fruit and dried fruit

Recently all kinds of fruit contain much amount of sugar. You have to watch out not to eat too much. Dried fruit also contains much sugar.

 

③ Coffee

Some people drink coffee about ten times a day or more. Be careful of drinking not only coffee but milk or cream and sugar.

 

④ Medicinal herb tea

Some people drink much amount of infused herb tea for good health. If you have not any particular symptom, you don't have to drink herb tea.

 

⑤ Foreign dishes cooked with much oil

Dishes containing much oil are tasty, and many people like to eat them often. But  if you eat too many rich dishes, you will have not only Suidoku but also life habit diseases.

 

⑥ A Large quantity of water

Drinking water therapy is good for those who match with their constitution. But do not take this therapy unless you fit with it. Otherwise you may have unwell health condition by drinking a large quantity of water. Especially, thin people have to take care of this therapy.

 

⑦ Cold food

There are so many foods which taste good when they are cooled. Those foods may cause Suidoku. When cold food goes into your body, your body also becomes cool and your blood will flow slowly. Having bad circulation of blood will create Suidoku. If you don’t want to have Suidoku, you had better eat warm food.

 

January 5,2015                

Department of Dietary Medicine

Matsui Hospital               

Yoshinori Nagaoka