Our bodies always have blood circulation. Blood vessels extend to the ends of a body, and blood supplies internal oxygen and nutritious elements throughout the body and discharges waste. In each part of the body, the blood synthesizes protein from oxygen and nutrition or metabolizes (all the chemical reactions required for life activities). Then heat energy is produced.
However, if a body gets chilled, the blood vessel shrinks, causing poor blood circulation, and wrecks this system. As oxygen and nutrition are insufficient, a function of many organs in a body declines, causing a decrease in heat production rate, and the body temperature reduces. Additionally, the blood cannot collect waste well, so the blood vessels are easily clogged, causing a vicious circle of more reduced blood circulation.
Enzyme gets weaker effect when body temperature reduces. There are 30,000 types of enzymes that help all functions in a body. It is an enzyme that digests and dissolves food and delivers the absorbed nutrition to tissues of an organization. It is also an enzyme that discharges waste and toxins accumulated in the body.
In other words, if an enzyme does not work, we cannot breathe or move a muscle.
If the body gets chilled, the effects of enzymes drop sharply, and metabolism and immune do not work fully, causing a high risk of diseases in the end. This is a scientific explanation of why “chilling the body is a source of all kinds of diseases.”
Oriental medicine concept
In Oriental medicine, since ancient times, chilling the body is assumed to be a source of all kinds of illness.
Oriental medicine has a concept of “Qi, Xue, and Shui.” Qi refers to life energy circulating inside the body. Xue refers to blood, and Shui refers to bodily fluid except for blood. Health refers to a condition where these three elements are well balanced. The chill of the body is assumed to occur due to abnormality in them.
Excessive sensitivity to cold is mainly classified into the following five types.
Chill in the whole body
This chill is caused by a lack of “Yoki or warm Qi,” which is energy to warm up a body. If this body-warming energy is in short, heat-generating power becomes weaker, and a body easily gets chilled. This often happens to a person having a poor complexion and the aged people, and their metabolic functions decrease to a degree unavailable for the body temperature adjustment.
Excessive water intake
This is a condition where water metabolism and gastrointestinal function decreases due to excessive intake of chilled drink and food. Disruption of excessive water inside the body chills the body. Retention of water, such as edema, is observed and tends to build a shape, so-called overweight by excessive water.
As the flow of blood is disrupted, the blood is in a viscous condition. Functions to supply nutrition and discharge of waste by blood do not work well. The blood does not flow into narrow blood vessels at the end of the limbs, so any person feels chilly. Not a few people suffer constipation.
Chill and fume
When Qi or vital energy flows back, the flow of blood weakens, causing fume and hot flash in the face and the upper part of the body, but reversely the lower part is chilled. The condition a person suddenly sweats or feels dizzy in the menstrual period is called “hot-flash.”
This is a condition where the blood is insufficient and not reaching the end of the blood vessel. A person becomes thin and looks pale.