Nutritional therapy is a very important element in Oriental Medicine and serves both to heal & to prevent disease. Many diseases and symptoms can be treated with dietary changes alone; however it often takes longer and requires the utmost compliance and dedication on the patient’s behalf. Realistically, small changes in diet combined with acupuncture and/or herbs can provide remarkable results.
Chinese nutrition uniquely differs from modern Western nutrition in that it determines the therapeutic properties of foods instead of analyzing only the chemical constituents of them. Some foods cool the body, some foods dry out the body and some food even calm the nervous system. The advantage of this approach lies in its ability to customize the dietary recommendations for each individual: what types of foods to add and what types of food to avoid. Furthermore, Chinese nutrition takes into consideration such factors as method of preparation (raw vs cooked), body type, season, and one’s geographical location in determining the appropriate diet.