Why is there any mention of food on an acupuncture web site? Because in Traditional Chinese Medicine, we look at the whole picture, including what you eat. Foods, in and of themselves, are not very potent in terms of affecting our health. However, when the same foods are eaten habitually every day, they certainly do affect our health. In Chinese Dietetics, each food has been classified according to its effect on the body. Is it cooling or heating? Does it cause energy to rise or sink? Which organ(s) does it affect? Is it draining or tonifying? The Five Flavors are sweet, bitter, salty, spicy and neutral.

A traditional meal in China would have a balance of the five flavors and strive to be mostly neutral. Some books that I often recommend when patients are interested in learning more about how to use food to improve their health:
Live in the Balance by Linda Prout
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon


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