Importance of Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine dates back to 1,000 BC. It consists of over 5,000 substances derived from plant, animal and mineral sources. Herbal medicine is powerful and highly versatile in it’s ability to treat a variety of diseases.
Traditionally, herbs were boiled with water and made into a tea which was consumed throughout the day. In modern society, capsules, tablets and powdered granules are the preferred methods of administration.
How Herbal Medicine is Used
Herbal formulas are made by selecting individual herbs for their specific function. Herbs are combined to enhance the effectiveness of the herb combinations and to minimize the side effects of one another. Therefore, a balanced formula emerges that can treat much more effectively than a single herb. When I prescribe Chinese herbs, they are in the form of a balanced formula.
Importance of Medical Nutrition
Chinese medicine has long understood that food is truly our medicine. Food has inherent energetic and therapeutic qualities. In line with treating the whole person, Chinese nutrition addresses the age and constitution of a person and prescribes the food that will provide support and balance. Method of food preparation and time of season play an integral role in nutritional therapy as well. For instance, eating with the seasons is highly recommended as nature grows the foods that our bodies require just at the right time. In summer, fruits like sweet and juicy melons and peaches grow. During these hot summer months, our bodies have an increased need for water-containing (juicy) foods to keep us well hydrated.
How Medical Nutrition is Used
Medical nutrition is an integral part of Chinese medicine that will always be addressed during the course of treatment. I will make recommendations on the best foods to eat and avoid.