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Chinese medicine diet therapy is the use of foods as medicine. This is a practice that has been used in Chinese culture for thousands of years. The theory of Chinese medicine diet therapy is that each food has it’s own therapeutic nature, it may be sour, sweet, bitter, salty or bland. Each nature has it’s own therapeutic action which can then be applied in an individual case.
Using the diagnostic tools of Chinese medicine, an optimum individual dietary plan can be established to treat an illness or imbalance or to simply enhance your wellness.
Even some varieties of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables may not be appropriate for some people and while eating lots of chilli or spices is great for some people it may not be for others. Examples of diet therapy include Tonify the Spleen and Tonify the Yin.
Food can be preventative, restorative and curative. A good diet is the foundation of good health, it is essential to balance the body and to achieve true harmony and wellness. Get your diet right and your body will function optimally – get it wrong and you will suffer the consequences. In some circumstances this will happen straight away, in some situations it will be a gradual process.
A good diet isn’t just a measure of calories; it should include a variety of foods to provide a full spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals as well as other nutrients including antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Modern research supports this and we are learning more about the many active components of foods that are known to be beneficial to health.
Medicinal food centres on the inclusion of wholefood produce that is fresh, sourced locally, organic and seasonal. It excludes processed foods and food like products that have a long shelf life, little or no nutritional value and are driven by sales and advertising. You can learn more about seasonal food here.