Chinese Dietary Therapy

Chinese Dietary Therapy

Optimising health through diet is a branch of Chinese medicine that plays a large part in overall maintenance of health as well as being applied to help resolve all sorts of ongoing health issues.

Foods and herbs are classified according to their energetics, which may include the thermal nature of a food (heating, cooling or neutral), the flavour and whether the food is tonifying to qi or blood, dispersing or draining. The way food is prepared (cooked or raw, for example) is important to consider as this changes the overall energetics and therapeutic action of the meal.  Also taken into account is the environment in which we eat – ideally it should be relaxed (no screen time during meals!).