Chinese food therapy
is a practice of healing using natural foods instead of medications. Diet is the first treatments given to people who are trying to maintain health, or who are suffering from illness. There are many ways in which we eat that can either keep us well or can make us sick.
Chinese Medicine believe we must keep the digestion healthy or we easily become ill. Food intake is very important to healthy digestion and assimilation of food. it is our understanding that the Spleen and Stomach are the organs of digestion and assimilation, the Stomach brings food energy into the body and the Spleen distributes it. Therefore, anything that disrupts the function of the Spleen/Stomach or the digestion is injurious to the body’s energy as a whole.
In order to maintain healthy digestion and Spleen/Stomach function:
- Eating at regular times.
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”
- Eat mainly cooked foods — this is due to the fact that it takes much more energy of the body to warm the Stomach to digest foods. Cold and raw foods are injurious to the Spleen and Stomach energy according to the traditional concepts, and should be eaten sparingly.
- Eating foods grown locally & that are in season. There is more Qi available from these foods, as they are fresher and have more food energy.
- Herbs can be added to foods to increase their vitality and for certain conditions.