Food as Medicine
The foods that we eat can have an effect on our energy levels, our skin, our mental state and especially our weight. A diet high in salty, oily, sweet, processed foods, alcohol or tobacco on a regular basis can even be dangerous. The foods we eat have the potential to strengthen or weaken our bodies.
Other bad influences on the body are stress, pollution, emotional upset and infection.
The Power of Plants and Herbs
Chinese medicine can help to strengthen our energy and fix any imbalances in our bodies. For thousands of years, Chinese physicians have been using and perfecting herbal medicine to treat many difficult conditions especially gynaecological and gastrointestinal disorders.
Chinese Practitioners use a simple classification system and language to describe the herbal preparations and condition of the body such as yin and yang, hot and cold. Herbs are also classified into the five tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, pungent and sour.
Though the mechanics of the body are the same, not everyone’s health is the same. Depending on your diagnosis and problem, I may design different herbal preparations specifically to suit your body.
Chinese herbs are commonly used to treat disorders such as:
- Digestive problems
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Gynaecological disorders
- Hepatic (liver) disorders
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Allergies and autoimmune disorders.
Herbs: How to take
You may either take herbal medicine as:
- Powders or tablets to mix with water.
- Lotions or pastes.
- In some cases you may have to boil herbs and drink a herbal tea.
Different herbs have different properties and can balance particular parts of the body. I will prescribe a mixture of herbs based on the diagnosis of your body.
Additional Treatment and Advice
I may advise you to make changes in your diet. Small changes like reducing spicy foods and alcohol can have major effects. Dietary changes can be an important part of the healing process. Often, we have to take an active approach in fixing our bodies.