Nutrition lies at the heart of Oriental Medicine. It is where the concept of Qi first originated. Unlike Western nutrition, which focuses on the biochemical properties of food, such as vitamin and mineral content, Chinese nutrition focuses on the energetic aspects of food.
When applied to health, the energetic properties of different foods can be used to harmonise or balance a particular disorder that an individual may be suffering from. We typically refer to foods as being warming, cooling, moistening or drying. In addition, certain foods have the ability to tonify Qi and Blood.
The beauty of Chinese Nutrition is that it is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, and therefore allows the practitioner to provide dietary recommendations specific to each individuals needs and particular set of symptoms.
Oriental Medicine practitioners have used their knowledge of the healing powers of food for thousands of years, regularly prescribing specific diets along with their herbal formulas and acupuncture treatments.