“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~ Thomas Edison
Food is not merely something we consume for enjoyment and to fill ourselves up with. It should be a fundamental consideration for any disease prevention and resolution, and is arguably the most important elixir for the body and its health.
During a consultation, the patient is thoroughly questioned and examined. Once the doctor has obtained all the necessary information a pinpointed diagnosis is made according to the Chinese medicine differential diagnostic system. This means that every patient is viewed as an individual, and can never present or have the exact same diagnosis as another person because disease manifests in different way depending on each individual’s unique constitutional makeup. Based on this diagnosis the doctor is then to able recommended specific foods to avoid or eat to facilitate healing and re-establish health within the body.
Chinese medicine places significant importance on the various flavours and temperature qualities of food. Temperatures include heating, cooling, warming, drying and moistening. Flavours include sweet, sour, pungent, salty and bitter. These flavours and temperatures have certain therapeutic or harmful effects on the various organ systems depending on the individual’s constitutional makeup and differential diagnosis, and so correct Chinese medicine nutritional guidance is highly beneficial towards correcting underlying imbalances and alleviating disease processes. Large emphasis on correct nutrition should always be addressed on the journey towards health.