Dr. "A" is certified in Chinese Food Therapy. Understanding what foods can be given to patients is critical for health and healing.
As Dr. Xie of Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine writes, Food Therapy is the practice of healing using natural foods, with or instead of medications. Food therapy is one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine was most important in forming the basis of Chinese food therapy. It classified food by Yin and Yang food group and five tastes and by their natures and characteristics. Food affects the digestive, metabolic, and physiological processes of the body.
Different food combinations are essential based on diagnostic symptoms. Food therapy is the preparation of using selected food ingredients and superior herbs. Each recipe was developed under the supervision of TCVM theory (Yin-yang, Five Elements, Eigth Priciples and Zand-fu physiology and pathology) and is designed to treat specific health conditions.
The recipes can be classified into the following categories:
- Health Promotion and Prevention: to improve health on a regular basis and to prevent seasonal climate related problems.
- Disease Treatment: to treat many clinical conditions including skin problems.
- Adjunct Therapy: to complement the primary treatment to treat diseases including otitis, urinary crystals & stones, UTI, IBD, CHF, cancer, renal failure and liver failure.
It is important to know the various methods of preparations used to alter the energetic properties of food. Cooking methods that involve more cooking time, higher temperature, greater pressure and dryness add more warming qualities to food, such as store bought foods. Refinement of foods makes the food both hotter and higher in energy. It also removes many of the vital factors that make foods wholesome and recognizable by our bodies.
Fresh food preparation versus manufactured is important in the utilization of food by the body for therapy. Dr A will sometimes recommend using a crock pot with specific diet guidelines for our patients depending on their medical conditions. Home cooked diets are easy to make in a crock pot, are labor saving, are wholesome, and each food item is not significantly changed since it is cooked slowly.