The Philosophy of Oriental Medicine (Georges Ohsawa)

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George Ohsawa, born Nyoichi Sakurazawa (1893-1966) was the founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy.He was born into a poor samurai family and had no money for higher education. Around this time is when his spiritual path started. Around 1913 he met up with Nishibata Manabu and studied with him in Tokyo in the movement Shoku-yo Kai. Ohsawa claims he cured himself from tuberculosis at age 19 using what he knew about the ancient yin-yang concepts . Later he travelled to Europe and started spreaingd his philosophy . After several years he returned to Japan to start a foundation, and gather recruits for his now formalized philosophy. After drawing attention to himself during World War II for his pacifist ideals, he wrote a book which predicted Japan's defeat and was incarcerated, narrowly escaping death for his views. After being freed from prison by U.S. General McArthur, he moved his institution to a remote area in the mountains of Yamanashi prefecture. . Several of his Japanese disciples were also instrumental in disseminating Macrobiotics in the West.While in France Ohsawa wrote a number of books in French related to the Macrobiotic world view. Among them were "L'Ere Atomique", The Atomic Age, written during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His motivation the looming possibility of atomic war. He devoted considerable time to explaining his views regarding social problems, and causes of war and how Macrobiotics can help bring about a world in which war will be seen as an outcome of an error of judgment. Students include: Herman Aihara, Roland Yasuhara,Tomio Kikuchil, Clim Yoshimi, Michio Kushi, and Noburo Muramoto, a Japanese native who became head of the Tokyo Macrobiotic Center