Dietary the dash by linda ellis pdf” and “food therapy” redirect here. Chinese interest in food, but no known focus on its medical value. Such books, however, are only precursors of “dietary therapy”, because they did not systematically describe the effect of individual food items. Sun stated that he wanted to present current knowledge about food so that people would first turn to food rather than drugs when suffering from an ailment.
Surviving excerpts show that Meng gave less importance to dietary prohibitions than Sun, and that he provided information on how to prepare foodstuffs rather than just describe their properties. An abundant literature developed in China around the medicinal uses of food. Before that period, food materials had not yet been comprehensively assigned to one of five flavors systematically correlated with specific internal organs and therapeutic effects. Chinese understandings of the therapeutic effects of food were influential in East Asia. Although the precepts of Chinese food therapy are neither systematic nor identical in all times and places, some basic concepts can be isolated.
One central tenet is that “medicine and food share a common origin”, and that food materials can therefore be used to prevent or treat medical disorders. They are recommended for “hot” conditions: rashes, dryness or redness of skin, heartburns, and other “symptoms similar to those of a burn”, but also sore throat, swollen gums, and constipation. The sour flavor, for instance, has “constriction and emollient effects” and “can emolliate the liver and control diarrhea and perspiration”, whereas “bitter” food can “purge the heart ‘fire’, reduce excessive fluids, induce diarrhea, and reinforce the heart ‘Yin'”. There are few studies in English on the scientific validity of these beliefs and practices. The effect of Chinese food therapy on community dwelling Chinese hypertensive patients with Yin-deficiency”.
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