When we understand that the invisible "go power" of our bodies is energy, then we can help ourselves nourish our energy appropriately for our individual needs. Chinese Medicine deeply respects food as medicine.
Food is digested and transformed into qi (physical energy). In order for this to happen, digestive energy must be healthy.
It makes sense that what we eat influences how we digest. Different people may have different needs in this. Also, the various organs of the digestive process feed other organs and energies in our bodies. It is a beautiful and intricate, inter-related dynamic system.
Many health problems occur after prolonged digestive issues. The Chinese medicine perspective is that the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy systems in our bodies are nourished by what we take in – meaning food, air and water, along with sounds, sights, and our interpretations of our life events. All input influences how well our energy moves.
Nutrition deals with substance or matter and this substance (food) is broken down into either nutritious qi (physical energy) or waste. Nutrition from non-food sources is also involved. So our digestive system is also about digesting emotions, life experiences, and thoughts. This is obvious to anyone who has experienced upset digestion due to his or her emotional state.
In Chinese medicine, for each organ and energy system, there is a specific food, spice, flavor, or drink to balance its tendencies.
There was a restaurant associated with the hospital where I interned in Shanghai (Longhua Hospital). Doctors would sometimes prescribe food cures for illnesses and write a nutrition prescription, which patients would take to the restaurant in order to receive the appropriate food for their ailments. This demonstrates the deep understanding and respect of food as medicine. After years of clinical experience I have found that for some health issues, a change in what we eat and how we eat it is all that is required for complete care! Obviously, there are more difficult issues, too, and then combinations of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and qi gong and time are needed.
For help with Crohn's Disease, Celiac disease, I.B.S., acid reflux and other digestive issues, please consider acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with Beth Bright at 303-445-1114.
Beth Bright, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., M.S.
Rocky Mountain Acupuncture
1630 Carr St, Suite A3
Lakewood, CO 80214