TCM is a holistic system of medicine that places huge importance on diet and lifestyle in order to maintain health. In fact, food can be considered as medicine that can help you to heal faster and prevent any illness. According to Chinese dietetics, different foods have different energetic properties; some are warming such as ginger, others are cooling such as mint. The energetic nature of each food will affect different organs and different channels so a TCM practitioner can advise you on a suitable diet for your constitution.
Generally speaking, a well-balanced Chinese diet involves eating in accordance with the seasons; when the weather is very cold, eat warming dishes and add acrid spices, in summer eat cooling dishes. A good diet means more than just good food, you should take the time to enjoy each meal, always eat sitting down and eat at regular times.
Deborah Tanguy BHSc, MBAcC
Lead practitioner at Wholebody Acupuncture and a registered member of the British Acupuncture Council with a special interest in treating women's health and injury recovery.