Food as Medicine
We eat food everyday. Every food has its own property. In the early days,
Chinese people discovered the medicinal properties of food. Since then,
food has been studied and analyzed for its medicinal effects on people.
This knowledge enables us to use food as the first line of defense against
illnesses and diseases. Only when food alone cannot solve the health problem,
people seek the help from practitioners. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs
and food go hand in hand in influencing the body's energy fields. A patient's
diet must align with medications taken for the benefits to be fully realized.
Once the illness is under control, food therapy is used to continue the
treatment in order to completely remove the problem. The food therapy
is also used to increase and enhance the self-defense and immune system
and prevent future recurrence of diseases. For many chronic diseases listed
below, food therapy is effective. Food therapy is also able to help maintain
good health and prevent the patient's condition from getting worse.
ASTHMA - EAT ONIONS!!!!
Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial passages.
ARTHRITIS - EAT FISH!!
Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis.
Fish has omega oils, which is excellent for our immune system.
BLADDER INFECTION - DRINK CRANBERRY JUICE!!!!
High-acid cranberry juice help control harmful bacteria.
BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE - EAT BROCCOLI AND PEANUTS!!!
The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood
BONE PROBLEMS - EAT PINEAPPLE!!!
Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by absorbing manganese
found in pineapple.
BREAST CANCER - EAT WHEAT, BRAN AND CABBAGE!!
Helps to maintain estrogen at healthy levels.
CLOGGED ARTERIES - EAT AVOCADO!
Mono-unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.
COLDS - EAT GARLIC!
Clear up that stuffy head with garlic.
Garlic also lowers cholesterol.
COLON CANCER - EAT CABBAGE!
A natural chemical in brassica vegetables (such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts,
kale and wasabi) can slow the growth of colon cancer cells.
COUGHING - EAT RED PEPPERS!!
Hot red pepper contains a compound similar to one found in the cough syrups.
Use red (cayenne) pepper with caution - because it can irritate your stomach.
DIARRHEA - EAT APPLES!
Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this
condition. (Bananas are good for this ailment)
HAY FEVER - EAT YOGURT!
Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season. Also eat honey from your area
(local region) daily.
HEADACHE - EAT FISH!
Eat plenty of fish - fish oil helps prevent headaches, so does ginger
which reduces inflammation and pain.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE - EAT CELERY AND OLIVE OIL!!!
Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure.
Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure as well.
A compound in broccoli and broccoli sprouts cuts the risk of high blood
pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
INSOMNIA (CAN'T SLEEP?) - EAT HONEY!
Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative.
LUNG CANCER - EAT DARK GREEN AND ORANGE VEGGIES!!!
A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green
and orange vegetables.
MEMORY PROBLEMS - EAT OYSTERS!
Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME - EAT CORNFLAKES!!!!
Women can ward off the effects of PMS with cornflakes, which help reduce
depression, anxiety and fatigue.
TO PREVENT STROKE - DRINK TEA!
Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of
tea. Actually, tea suppresses appetite and keeps the pounds from invading.
Green tea is great for our immune system!
ULCERS - EAT CABBAGE!!!
Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodenal ulcers.
UPSET STOMACH - BANANAS & GINGER!!!!!
Bananas will settle an upset stomach.
Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.
Some information is from http://www.nourishu.ca/