Chinese food therapy, a vital part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Ayurveda both advocate for the use of whole foods as a form of healing, instead of relying primarily on medications. This holistic approach is based on the principle that natural foods possess inherent qualities and energies that can help to restore balance and health to the human body.
In Ayurvedic practice, a considerable emphasis is placed on the individual’s constitution, known as “prakriti,” which is determined by the balance of life energies, or “doshas.” Each person’s prakriti is unique, reflecting their inherent nature and susceptibility to certain imbalances. Ayurvedic nutrition therapy seeks to nourish the individual’s constitution, recommending foods that align with their prakriti to restore harmony and equilibrium within their system.
On the other hand, Chinese food therapy is rooted in the principles of Yin and Yang, wherein all foods are classified as ‘hot’, ‘warm’, ‘neutral’, ‘cool’ or ‘cold’ based on the nature of their energy. This energy is believed to interact with the individual’s body to restore balance and maintain health.
Food therapy is not about imposing dietary restrictions or labeling foods as strictly ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Instead, it is about mindful and intuitive eating, tuning into the body’s unique needs to provide it with the nutrients it needs to heal and thrive. Food therapy is a journey towards understanding the language of the body, recognizing its signals for certain foods or nutrients, and responding in a way that promotes vibrant health.
In a collaborative effort, we can work together to help you meet your health objectives through food therapy. Whether you aim to reduce food cravings, boost energy levels, or achieve an optimal weight, the right food choices can play a transformative role. By embracing food therapy, you’ll learn to view food not just as a source of sustenance, but as a powerful tool to restore, maintain, and optimize your health.