Recent research has found that the gut can affect people’s mental state, but traditional Chinese medicine has believed this for thousands of years. Photo: Alamy

The brain-gut connection: how TCM has known for centuries what Western medicine is now discovering

  • Recent research has found that bacteria in the gut can affect people’s mental state, leading to mood, cognition and behavioural problems
  • But in traditional Chinese medicine, the link between the gut and all of the body’s organs has been recognised for thousands of years
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Recent research has found that the gut can affect people’s mental state, but traditional Chinese medicine has believed this for thousands of years. Photo: Alamy
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Charley Lanyon

Charley Lanyon

Charley will write about anything but has a passion for food. After years living and eating in Asia, he has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he is delighted to report that the dim sum isn’t terrible.