For many centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been at the forefront of treating and preventing ailments naturally. It focuses on treating the root cause and not the symptoms with a range of foods, medicinal herbs and practices like acupuncture, tai chi, and qigong. It’s food though that is our most powerful remedy, and Chinese Medicine uses its therapeutic potency for healing. Many of us flounder when it comes to making the right food choices to improve our health, which is why turning to books like Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine can be advantageous.
Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine
Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine will teach you about the wisdom of using food to heal the body. You will learn the foundations and principles of Chinese Medicine and how they integrate food therapy to make lasting changes in your health. Their underlying principles are about yin-yang balance, connectedness and wholeness.
This book is broken into four parts, Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Foundations of Chinese Dietary Therapy, East Meets West in the Kitchen and Recipes for Every Season.
In the first section, you’ll glean how perceptive the ancient Chinese were. They were onto how foods energy and healing properties can quickly change our health. It also shares how climate and the seasons affect food and our bodies. It covers Yin Yang opposites, balance and deficiencies. It also addresses Qi, its functions and deficiencies. The Three Treasures and the Five Phases are touched on, ending with bringing all these concepts together.
The second section covers flavors, food groups, food recommended for specific health problems, our digestive system and much more. The third section helps you restock your pantry with healing foods and herbs and shares a chart showing the nature, flavor and therapeutic value of certain foods.
Restocking Your Pantry
• Organic whole grains: brown rice (long- and short-grain), sweet (glutinous) brown rice, brown Arborio rice, brown basmati and jasmine rice, stone ground corn grits or polenta cornmeal, large flake or steel cut oats, buckwheat groats, millet and quinoa
• Organic beans, pulses and other legumes: lentils (red, brown and French [Puy]), chickpeas, black beans, black soybeans, adzuki beans, white beans (or navy or cannellini beans)
• Organic nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds (black and white), chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds
• Flours: almond and brown rice flour
• Oils and fats: organic extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, toasted sesame oil and ghee
• Salt: high-quality sea salt (not iodized), kosher salt (for pickling) and tamari or coconut aminos (as a substitute for soy sauce, if you are sensitive to soy)
• Herbs and spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, pure vanilla extract, cumin, turmeric, Sichuan peppercorns, coriander seeds, dried basil and dill. You could grow some tender perennials in your garden or windowsill, such as thyme, rosemary, sage and chives, or garlic, providing you with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings all year round.
• Medicinal herbs and foods: goji berries, gingerroot, astragalus root, dried shiitake mushrooms, hato mugi (Job’s tears), miso, green onions, dried roses petals and hips, dried nettles leaves, dried peppermint or spearmint
• Seaweed: kombu, nori, dulse, wakame, arame and hijiki
Surprisingly, the chart covers teas, alcohol, condiments, spices and dairy. For instance, Carrots are a neutral vegetable with a sweet flavor that’s good for the spleen, liver and lungs. It aids in digestion, clears heat, reinforces the liver, benefits the eyes and clears coughs. You can eat them raw, juice them and add them to a soup recipe.
The last section is the fun part, the recipes – 175 nutritious contemporary yin-yang balanced meals. The recipes are divided by seasons for the most part, with the exception of the Blood Tonics and Condiments section. Adjusting the foods we eat from season to season helps the body attune to the energy of the changing cycles of life during the year.
Each season has a nice selection of various recipes under six different categories: Breakfasts, Soups, Meats/Fish/Other Mains, Most Vegetables, Teas & Tonic Beverages and Desserts. There are lots of health tips scattered throughout the pages that offer practical and health-enhancing advice.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.