The use of nature for healing began in the dawn of human history.
Early humans used herbs as medicines. Many of these ancient humans chewed on grasses to ease the pain of their body.They also watched
how wild animals instinctively heal themselves. Nature is the healer of all disease and let foods be your medicine and your medicine your foods.Throughout history, people have used food to treat health conditions Many edible plants and natural remedies have become famous for their healing qualities. It has been estimated that up to seventy-five percent of the human population of the earth still use herbal medicine techniques and preparations as either their only source or as a major source of healing.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is credited with saying, “Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” Throughout history, people have used food to treat health conditions
Introduction to Chinese Medicine
The history of Chinese people using natural herbs to treat illness and attain well being can date back to 5000 years ago. Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies. Chinese medicine views the body as an energetic system in dynamic balance. Qi, which can be translated as energy or life force, flows in a regular pattern through a system of channels to all parts of the body. Then the flow of Qi is unimpeded there is harmony, balance, and good health. When there are Qi blockages, too much or too little qi, there is an imbalance which can lead to disharmony and disease.
The beauty of Chinese medicine is that it can be used to correct imbalances that have become illness and pain, or even correct imbalances prior to the appearance of symptoms, preventing disease.Chinese medicine helps restore the body to balance and works on an energetic level to affect all aspects of a person: mind, body and spirit.
Chinese medicine treatments address imbalances using food therapy/diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies, Chinese exercise, and meditation along with Western therapies. The use of herbs in medicine is as old as civilisation itself. Food and medicine were linked and many plants were eaten for their health giving properties . The medicines of the Nature Cure are the four elements of nature: air, fire, water, and earth. They also used herbs as a way to treat the whole body in such a way that the whole person was brought into balance and harmony with themselves and nature.
Herbal medicine provides a complete system of healing and disease prevention and is one of the oldest and most natural forms of medicine. One of the great things about Chinese herbs is that it can be put to medical use as well as dietary use. Herbs and Food have the same origin. In essence, herbs is food, food is herbs. Plenty of medicinal herbs are actually food, for example, Chinese Yam, Ginger, Bean and peas, walnuts, sesame seeds, lily bulbs, barley, cinnamon, lotus seeds, chrysanthemum flower, Chinese people generally know how to benefit themselves with certain ordinary household food
Five taste/flavors(based on Five Element theory): bitter, sweet, sour, acrid, salty. Certain taste has certain effect to certain organs, for example, Ginger is acrid, its target organs are lung, spleen, and stomach, and its effects are induce sweating, clear cold, benefit stomach, arrest vomiting and coughing.
Chinese herbs are able to address different signs and symptoms of diseases and illness.The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease.They also used herbs as a way to treat the whole body in such a way that the whole person was brought into balance and harmony with themselves and nature.They also used herbs as a way to treat the whole body in such a way that the whole person was brought into balance and harmony with themselves and nature.
Food Healing Quotes of the day
The… patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop. ~Quentin Regestein
When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease. ~Terri Guillemets
He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors. ~Chinese Proverb
In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else
The appearance of a disease is swift as an arrow; its disappearance slow, like a thread. ~Chinese Proverb
Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy. ~Author Unknown