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The Nishi System is a methodology for the maintenance and recovery of good health that was first introduced in 1927 by Katsuzo Nishi, who at the time was the chief technical engineer for Japan's first subway project, the Tokyo subway.


Nishi system

Four primary elements

Nishi Medicine is a rational science of health. It serves everybody who wishes for good health through life. It can suggest to you this rational and working principle of health, on which you should rebuild a new way of living.

Four primary elements, which integrate the human being as the ONE
Nishi assumes that the human being is integrated as the ONE by the four primary namely the skin, limbs, nutrition, and mind. These four primary elements are unique in that they retain their own individuality, notwithstanding that they go to combine and integrate the human being as the ONE. In other words we can separate any one of them from the others and make it work or rest at our will.
From a different angel of view, the human being may be divided into the following twelve components:
(1) the bone,
(2) the muscle,
(3) the blood and lymph,
(4) the blood vessel and lymphatic duct,
(5) the respiratory organ,
(6) the alimentary organ,
(7) the urinary organ,
(8) the endocrine gland,
(9) the genital organ ,
(10) the nervous system,
(11) the sensory organ, and
(12) the voice, vocal chord, and speaking.

All these components coordinate and combine to act as a single whole. But different from the above four elements, they are inseparable each from the others; they have lost their own individuality in composing up the human being. For any disorder happening in any one of them, no single treatment is of any use; reestablishment of the coordination among all the components is the only effective measure for it.
On the other hand, the four primary elements may be separately treated both in hygienic and therapeutics, since they retain their own individuality. This is why the Nishi Medicine specifies the skin, nutrition, limb and mind as the four primary elements, which integrate the human being as the ONE.


The skin is that part of the human body which first comes into contact with the air, when we are born and composes a borderline between the human body and environment.
There is an intimate realationship between the skin and health. Recall to mind that the glomus which, acting as an emergency controller, plays an important role in the blood circulation is most abundantly distributed under the skin, and you will see how much important is the skin to health. Alfred Brauchle remarked that from a viewpoint of nature cure, the skin is one of the most important organs. This implies that the skin is a door, through which benign and salubrious influences of Nature come into the body.
The skin has multi-phased functions; like the lungs it respires through the minute pores widely distributed all over the body surface. Certainly man cannot breathe by the lungs alone. This is clearly demonstrated by the familiar fact that when the minute pores on two-thirds of the body surface are blocked up by accident such as getting burn or any artificial means for example coating with paint or tar, the subject would faint with groan.
Like the kidney or other excretory organs, the skin eliminates from blood waste matter by the sweat glands; in this connection it may be of interest to quote Malten’s remark that in the treatment of renal disease, a very important thing is the stimulation of the general function of skin. This indicates that between the skin and kidney exists a close relationship
Moreover as a heat-regulating organ, the skin acts to regulate, the body temperature by perspiration.
Thus far, the idea is taken in the ordinary meaning; but the Nishi Medicine interprets the skin in much wider sense; that the skin, extending from the outer surface into the body, goes to from the lining of various organs. Because of this fact, the more significant is the relation of the skin to health.
Indeed the skin is a medium of matter exchange between the body and environment. Without skin no vital process is possible. So vital is the skin to life; a familiar phrase “save the skin” is expressive of this fact.
Don’t spoil the skin by being heavily clothed; “Work the skin and have the skin” wisely remarked a sage. To drill the skin by exposing it to the open air as often as possible in every day life is surest way to health of the skin. Alternating douche is also recommendable, for this promotes good functions of the skin.
Aero therapy, or air- bathing cure is also of great use.


What the Nishi Medicine means by the word “Nutrition” is four elementary matters that build and sustain the human being, namely food, water, light, and air. These four elements essentially are comparable to the Four Elements namely earth, water, fire and air, which the ancient philosopher considered as origin of everything in the universe. Without nutrition there’s no life.
The fundamental rule of nutrition is that nutrition we take should be fresh and proper. Everybody knows this rule, but we do not always live up to it. Be careful of what you take; bad nutrition will eat out your health.
Essentially nutrition is a concentrated form of potential energy, which, when taken into the body, releases the “force of expansion” prerequisite to life. Once M. Prenant remarked that the essential fact of biology, which can explain the maintenance of life on earth is a force of expansion. It is apparent that what Prenant implied by the words “a force of expansion” is nutrition.


Before all other things, it should be well impressed in mind that nutritive element contained in food are easily destroyed by artificial cooking; if boiled or baked too much food will be deprived of its essential ingredients by half or three-quarters. To cover the loss of nutritive elements the body inevitably would demand for more food. And eventually this may establish a habit of overeating. It is a familiar fact that a habit of overeating is one of the chief causes of digestive order and renal disease. H. Malten indicated that boiled food imposes too much load on the kidney of the civilized men all through life. Realize how wisely he caught the point of the matter.
Thus it is clear that immediate reform of eating habit is a pressing business for us, if we really do want to make for good health.
What the Nishi Medicine strongly recommends is that breakfast be abolished, and that meal be taken twice a day, at noon and evening. Morning is the time not for intake, but discharge. It is the morning when the bowels move well. It is the time when the body cleans itself. Unwise is it to stuff the bowels with food, when they just start on their task of elimination; this only makes their work stagnate.
No less important is taking fresh vegetables raw. This is recommendable to everybody, especially the invalid. As Brauchle showed, the consumption of raw food, particularly raw vegetables would effect almost miraculous healing. There are numbers of clinical findings, which confirm this fact.
The reason why raw vegetables are so highly important is quite obvious. It is because raw vegetables contain all the vital elements bestowed by Nature, that kindly mother of mankind, and that without being spoiled.


Concerning water, it should be recalled to mind the fact that the human body is composed of water from 58.8 to 65.7%. From this fact one may easily realize how important is water to life. A familiar fact is that without water man couldn’t live even five days, while he may fast on water for months.
Water is not only one of the essential nutritive elements, but is highly important solvent. Without water acting as a solvent, no biochemical process in the body is likely to happen. Surely where no water is , there is no life.
If dehydration, or loss of water should occur, as in severe diarrhea, grave consequence would often follow; a toxin called guanidine would be released in the blood, which is responsible for guanidine poisoning (uremia). The prevention of this poisoning involves bringing the body water content back to a normal level by taking fresh water copiously, because water hydrolyses toxic guanidine into ammonium and urea.
However in case of diarrhea drinking fresh water is commonly prohibited for fear that probably this may aggravate the taken view. From the foregoing it is obvious that this is a mistaken view. Far from doing any harm, water does clean and refresh the bowels; above all water does destroy guanidine before it exerts its toxic power.
Water has multi-phased functions, highly important in the human organism, of which information will be found in the current medical literature; there is no need of dwelling on them.
The one thing to be stressed here is that you should take fresh and plain water; water , when boiled , or flavored, will lose some of its essential elements, which are of high value for health.
If you are not accustomed to fresh and plain water, take 30 gram of water every thirty minutes, during the first one and half months. But after the exercise or at meal you may drink a cup or two of water
Optimum amount of daily intake is 2-3 liters
You had better drink water in small dose from time to time; you may take it at any time, even during meal. That water may dilute gastric juice is a fallacy.


As for air and light, on one can deny how important they are for life; the description on them will be omitted here. However, there is one point worthy of mention.
It is generally recognized that carbon dioxide and water are the end products of metabolism in the body. But this view does not cover the whole sequence of metabolic process. In certain cases, for example, when supply of fresh air becomes deficient, or there is something wrong with a vital organ, incomplete combustion is most likely to happen during metabolism, which may lead to the production of monoxide. Such is a natural sequence of events. Strange to say, no medical textbook has touched on this point.
In normal health, the volume of monoxide produced in the body will be too minimal to do any harm to life, but in serious illness it may rise up to the fatal level, and thus precipitate a crisis.
The prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning call fro full supply of fresh air to the body through normal function of the skin (in a broader sense), good ventilation and aerotherapy.


Use limbs and have limbs;
the more thou dort, the more thou mayest
Samuel Ward
Injured limbs lead to renal disorder

Limbs are the locomotive organs, by which man works and moves. Especially the lower limbs and feet are the supporting basis and pillars of the human being.
The foot, when injured, would fail to work properly as a bolster of the body, which, losing the balance tends to incline on the injured side. Eventually this may involve a subluxation of vertebrae, which in turn eventually will cause pralysi, or other disorders of the nerves and blood vessels starting from the foramen vertebrae between the subluxated vertebrae. Very probably, the harmful effect of these disorders may before long extend even to remote regions which these nerves and blood vessels supply.
As R.R. Hayhow showed the foot is often a very good index of some serious disease, as there is a relationship between the foot and health. For example, swelling of the ankle and foot is very likely to happen, due to (a) heart disease, (b) renal disease and (c) anemia.
In this connection and interesting fact may be quoted from Dr.Trueta’s findings. He reported that during air raids on London, 1941, victims whose legs had been compressed or broken under timber or the like sometimes died of renal failure. This fact also confirms the correlation between the foot and other organs.
On the other hand, the nail of the hand or foot is also an index of certain diseases. R.R. Hayhow remarked that from patient’s nail much can be learned of the past history.
What further confirms the importance of limbs is the fact that the glomus, which plays a very important role in the mechanism of the blood circulation, is most abundantly distributed in the limbs.
Therefore it is no exaggeration to say that the limbs are a measure of health, and that without normal limbs there is no health.
As a surest ay of keeping the limbs normal, the Nishi Medicine recommends to you the capillary exercise and the Foot Readjusting Cure.


The soul sits on the throne of nucleated cell.
O.W. Holmes

Goethe remarked, “Without mind there can be no matter; without matter no mind”. Truly the human being is an entity, which mind and body go to compound and integrate.
Man is called “Homo sapiens;” this implies that among all creatures man alone is endowed with mind by Providence. Here the work “mind” is used in a broader sense to implicate soul, spirit, and mind (in the ordinary sense).
Why Nature has endowed man with mind?
Probably it may be that She has committed to man the freedom of life; if it’s o, it is up to us to live a worthy life.
To live a worthy life, it is the thing of first consideration to have and keep god health through life. Needless to say that good health means soundness in mind and body.
There is a intimate relationship between mind and body. Not seldom that worry, anxiety and nervous breakdown may result in some organic disorders such as tuberculosis, heart disease may lead to serious mental and emotional disturbances.
In this respect, the psychosomatic medicine has reason d’etre, particularly in that it lays stress on the importance of seeing the human being as a whole.
See to it that mind be sound, cheerful, and bright – no matter how hard and tough life is.


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