What Is Chinese Food Therapy
Chinese Food Therapy is a way of treating sickness by making medicinal dishes using natural foods and herbs. As we all know that food plays an important role in Chinese tradition so healing of ailments through natural foods instead of medication is Chinese Food Therapy principles that gave rise to Chinese Food Therapy. Moreover, if go through the Chinese history we will observe that healthcare was the responsibility of individual and not the state. So it was the people who use to cure diseases by making use of foods and herbs.
History Of Chinese Food Therapy
Chinese Food Therapy can be traced back to 2000 B.C though proper documentation was done only around 500 B.C. Neijing also known as The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine was written around 300 B.C. This documentation formed an important basis of Chinese Food Therapy that classified foods into four different food groups, five tastes as per their characteristics and nature. Chau dynasty (16 B.C) established the food therapy while Tang Dynasty (608-906 A.D) made it popular when numerous books were published on Chinese Food Therapy.
Chinese Food Therapy Principles
Chinese Food Therapy principles is based on yin and yang. Yang foods are known to increase the body metabolism while Yin foods lower the metabolism by decreasing the heat of the body. As mentioned earlier, the four different foods group of this therapy are known to form a major part of the nutritional therapy. The four food groups include grains, fruits, vegetables and meats. While the five tastes that classify the foods are sweet, sour, bitter, pungent and salty.
It is also worth mentioning that Chinese Food Therapy emphasizes on certain rules which includes:
- Eat according to the season
- Eat according to the illness
- Eat according to the body’s constitution
- Eat according to the age and requirements
Thus, we have seen that Chinese Food Therapy is one of the effective ways to cure the illness in natural manner.
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