Are you interested in improving your health and well-being, but would like to do so using a more naturalistic approach? Would you feel more comfortable instituting a dietary approach which has been around for thousands of years as opposed to a new fad diet?
I believe that most of us are interested in making sustainable lifestyle changes which can support our health and wellness for the long haul. That is why I have put together this article on Chinese Food Therapy.
Chinese Food Therapy is a dietary approach which is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In this article, Dr. Josh Axe says that “Traditional Chinese Medicine is a type of holistic, natural health care system that dates back at least 2,000 years to the year 200 B.C. TCM is “holistic” and “natural” because it stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms and takes into account all aspects of a patient’s life, rather than just several obvious signs or symptoms.” Chinese food therapy is all about keeping the body balanced.
Important Factors of Chinese food therapy
1. The five flavors
The five food flavors are sour, bitter, sweet, spicy, and salty. Chinese food therapy believes that different flavors correspond with and effect different organs. This article expands on this concept by saying, “In traditional Chinese medicine, each bite of foods sends the nutrition to corresponding organs: sour food enters liver and helps stop sweating, eases coughing; salt enters the kidneys, and can drain, purge and soften masses; bitter food enters the heart and the small intestine and helps cool heat and dry any dampness; spicy food enters the lungs and large intestine and helps stimulate appetite; sweet food enters the stomach and spleen and helps lubricate the body.
Thus, it is important to have each flavor in the diet.” The flavors of the foods which we consume have a direct effect on bodily function.
2. The five natures
Chinese food therapy believes that foods can be categorized by five natures, which are cold, cool, neutral, warm, and hot. According to this article, “The principles of Yin and Yang (opposing but complementary forces) which govern Traditional Chinese Medicine are also followed in Chinese food therapy.
Practitioners believe that foods have different natural properties. They can be neutral or possess either yin or yang properties. Yin foods are cold or cool while Yang foods are hot or warm.” These natures are not based on the temperatures of the foods themselves, but the sensations that foods generate in the body.
For example, spicy foods such as hot peppers would be classified as a hot food because they generate heat in the body, whereas a fruit such as an apple would be considered a cool food for its opposite effect.
The basis of Chinese food therapy is moderation and balance. It believes that moderating portion sizes, natures and flavors help keep the body balanced. It suggests that foods should be eaten in season, believing that nature provides what we are in need of at the time we need it.
Also, counter-effective foods can be eaten to support balance in relation to the effects of climate. Chinese food therapy also suggests that food should be eaten at a moderate (warm to hot) temperature, since cooking food helps to break it down, aiding in digestion.
Another key part of Chinese food therapy is mindfulness. Chinese food therapy believes in eating in a thoughtful and conscious manner. Many people in this busy day and age eat quickly, not really taking the time to enjoy their food.
Taking the time to chew your food slowly and carefully helps to make the act of eating a more enjoyable one, and can also help keep portion sizes in check. Mindfulness also comes into play as it relates to knowing your body. No two bodies are alike, and it is important to stay attuned with your body so that you can make dietary adjustments as needed.
The advantage of Chinese food therapy
1. No side effects, No dependence
As we known, the long-term use of medicine treatment often have a variety of side effects and dependence. But if you use Chinese food therapy for your body, you don’t have to concern about this problem. Because all of food you take are natural.
2. Save Your Money
You’ll spend a lot of money if you have a serious illness. So we better need to prevent these kinds of illnesses happen on you. One of the best choice is following the theory of Chinese food therapy. In this theory, you just need common and cheap food which can be easily bought in the market. Use these ingredients to cook dishes and keep your healthy. Easy and save your money.
3. No Pain
Some treatment of specific illness may cause much pain. Don’t want that? You may try Chinese food therapy. You can simply eat delicious Chinese food and cure or relief some illnesses. However, Chinese food therapy is not medicine, it means you may not use it if you are suffer from some really serious illnesses.
In summary, Chinese food therapy is a natural and holistic diet plan based on ancient wisdom, dating back thousands of years. The basis of this dietary approach includes the flavors of foods (sour, bitter, sweet, spicy, and salty), the natures of food (cold, cool, neutral, warm, and hot), the effects that these foods have on your body, moderation, and mindfulness.
Incorporating Chinese food therapy into your life could potentially improve your health and well-being by creating balance in a natural, sustainable manner. I welcome any questions or comments that you may have.