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The Theory Of Chinese Food Therapies

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Chinese food therapies depend upon the principles of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are interdependent, independent, and evolving constantly into each other. This is a repetitive arrangement of energy that occurs in the universe and in all life on earth. Yang is within Yin and Yin is within Yang. Each person is born with a unique constitution and the balance of energies of our Yin and Yang decides our dietary requirements that change as we grow older.

According to Chinese medicine principle, foods are chosen based on what the individual needs. Also the season, climate, and geography are considered, and whether there is presence of dis-ease, which is distinguished based on certain signs and symptoms. In its most basic form, people who are dry and cold need moistening, warm foods; people who are damp and hot require drying, cool foods; people suffering from congestion require decongesting foods; and people who are frail and weak need replenishing, nourishing foods. You can harmonize your internal environment with the right food choices if you have a clear understanding of your individual nature that you can use to synchronize and strengthen the flow of your body fluids, blood and Qi. As opposed to the Western nutrition perspective of ‘one size fits all,’ we need to understand that not everyone will equally benefit from foods that have the same amount of nutrients. In short, “one person’s meat is another person’s poison” implies there’s no worldwide standard for what comprises “good food” for any one person.

People in Western societies have the tendency to jump from one magic bullet to another but end up with zero solutions to their health problems. A great number are attracted by the allure (and availability) of trendy diets, prefabricated foods, or the latest herb (açai fruit, goji berries, etc.), mineral, or vitamin fad that promises the perfect health or the perfect body. One needs to make appropriate adjustments and to establish good eating habits, as the body changes with age, as soon as possible, or at an early age. For instance, the foods you have eaten when you were 20 may not be what you need when you are 40. The way a specific food impacts your longevity will be dependent on whether your body requires that food at a specific time.

In Chinese medicine in Winter Park, foods that can cause disease are classified as food injury: overeating (frequency and portion sizes) intoxication, or eating an excessive amounts of foods with cool/cold energetics are typical causes of this kind of injury. Also, long-term or too much intake of greasy foods block the smooth flow of body fluids, blood, and Qi will lead eventually to digestive dysfunction, thereby generating dampness and internal heat. This accumulation of heat and damp can cause loose stools, constipation, skin eruptions, and a slew of other health problems.

Written by Valerie

January 15th, 2019 at 4:26 am