Nutritional Therapy is one of the most frequently applied, self administered therapies because people eat every day. According to Chinese Medical Philosophy, food is medicine. Herbal medicine and food medicine are intertwined. No one can opt out of using nutritional therapy in life because as long as you eat, you are taking medicine. Every food has a medicinal quality. The art and science of Chinese Nutritional Therapy involves appropriately pairing the individual with the food. This can be viewed in the following way.
Considerations for Nutritional Plans
Constitution of the Individual
Temporary Health Condition of the Individual
Lifestyle of the Individual
Energetic Characteristics of the Food
Scientifically Recognized Constituents of the Food
Values Held by the Individual
The quality of diet can have an influence on pain levels. This can happen as a result of reduction in inflammation, improvement in circulation and changes in tissue qualities.
Nutritional Therapy can be applied to fertility, digestive health, the immune system, the quality of sleep, allergies, energy level, beauty, mental function, and headache.
EVALUATION OF NUTRITIONAL NEEDS
Evaluation of nutritional needs can be done in office according to Traditional Chinese Diagnosis, Kinesiology Based Muscle Testing, laboratory testing and a combination of all three.
PERSONAL GROWTH AND DIETARY BALANCE
Food therapy provides a way to address balance in emotions, family dynamics, discipline, general lifestyle balance and a deeper understanding of our needs. The way we eat is influenced by the amount of time we have, the schedule we have created for ourselves, our relationships, finances, our belief systems, skill level, education, culture and personal preferences. In other words, our diet represents a constellation of each of these factors and when an individual embarks on making a change to the diet, they inevitably face each of these elements. In so doing, deep personal evaluation occurs and often lifestyle changes are made that can benefit other areas of life.