Good nutrition is the cornerstone of developing strong Qi and a healthy constitution. Traditionally, Chinese Medicine has always advocated eating a balanced meal of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. This is not something that is forced upon people but has been an integral part of Chinese culture. Usually a home cooked meal will be a mixture of vegetable dishes and various sources of proteins from meat and vegetable sources, followed by a small bowl of rice. This style of eating helps to prevent over eating and excessive carbohydrate loading.
Traditional Chinese Medicine not only takes into account the nutritional content but also the healing qualities of food. Foods are either cooling or warming, or have other qualities such as Qi strengthening or anti inflammatory properties.
As a part of a diagnosis and treatment a patients will be advised on the most appropriate foods to eat, to suit their particular body pattern.
Also read our blog on ‘Food – it’s not just about nutrition’
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