The Chinese Medicine Sanctuary

Ancient Healing in Modern Times

Robin Burby

Robin Burby  MATCM   MBAcC

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Royal Society of Medicine Senior Associate

BSc (Hons) Traditional Chinese Medicine
BMed (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine)
BSc (Hons) Business Administration

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Dietary Therapy

Dietary therapy is the third treatment method within Chinese medicine and is considered to be a way of medicating ourselves on a more gentle, and frequent basis.

Every type of food has its own unique properties and actions, just like Chinese herbalism, and this is divided into:

  1. Four Properties: hot, warm, cool and cold (food may also be neutral in property which would then be neither warm nor cool);
  2. Five Tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent (spicy)

Therefore, certain types of foods are more beneficial to your health at different times, depending on your condition/symptoms. Often, those old wivesí tales carry quite a lot of wisdom so donít be too quick to ignore our previous generationís wisdom.

Furthermore, everyone has their own constitution or body type and so some foods are more appropriate for a particular body type. An easy way of seeing what foods are better for you is to just start paying attention to how you feel after eating different types of foods, for example, some people sweat a lot after eating pungent/spicy foods, so actually they would benefit more by eating more cooler types of foods like fruits.

Often in a consultation at The Chinese Medicine Sanctuary, you will be advised of a few types of foods to either avoid, or to add in to your diet to supplement the acupuncture and/or herbs you are already receiving. In this way a more holistic and personal form of therapy may be offered to you.

It should be made clear that The Chinese Medicine Sanctuary places a great importance on an individualís dietary needs and fully understands that proper food selection must take an individualís particular circumstances in to account.

However, the general rule of thumb within Chinese medicine is quite simple to follow, and for many is just common sense:

Eat whatever you like, just ensure that your diet is varied, moderated in quantity, and never restricted to one/two types of foods.

Nature provides all the nutrients that we require to maintain a healthy lifestyle and within Chinese medicine natural foods are always considered superior to artificial supplements.