DIETARY THERAPY

"First, modify the patient's diet and lifestyle and only then, if these do not effect a cure, treat with medicinals and acupuncture."  Sun Si Miao, (581–682 A.D.)

 

Chinese dietary therapy differs from Western nutrition in that it does not view food through the lens of protein, fat, carbohydrate, and vitamin content. Rather, it looks at food according to properties that include temperature, flavour, color, and function. Foods are selected according to their energetic qualities such as warming, cooling, drying, or lubricating. Chinese medicine believes that everybody is unique; what is good for one person, may not be good for another! Thus, it is not recommended that everybody follow the same particular diet. Instead, a diet should be based on an individual's constitution.

 

In addition, one should eat local, seasonal and organic foods to help bring the body into harmony with the environment. Diet is most important and direct way to achieve and maintain health.

Dietary therapy is especially important when Spleen/Stomach organ systems are deficient or out of balance, leading to digestive problems, lack of energy, weakness of the muscles and limbs, slow thinking, weak capacity for studying, concentrating and focusing.

By assessing your imbalances, I advise you on the appropriate foods for your constitution to bring about a balanced state of health.