Believe in the healing nature of
you ever asked yourself how food nourishes and maintains the health
and function of the skin, bones, hair, eyes, ears, nose, mouth,
teeth, digestive system, liver, lungs, heart, red and white blood
cells, nervous system, brain, kidney? People have done so for thousands
of years. Every culture has a tradition to use food to restore health
and well-being. It is these traditions that still have a strong
hold on our daily lives. They are often put in contrast to modern
nutritional science and medicine. The line between what is food
and what is food that promotes health is part of both lines of thoughts.
We make use of both supplements that are medically evaluated (vitamins,
minerals, essential lipids, nutraceuticals) as well as medicinal
herbs that have represent alternative medicine.
Seek the benefit
of nutritional balance
medicine does not rely on food as a central aspect of healing. It
uses surgery, antibiotics, and pharmaceuticals to intervene during
illness. Alternative medicine, in contrast, relies heavily on 'food'
including plant products and herbal extracts that have been found
to facilitate healing. Despite their seemingly different approaches,
their is a simple connection between medicinal herbs and
pharmaceuticals because both ultimately rely on plant metabolites
(ingredients) that have an effect on our cells. The biggest challenge
for the scientific approach is to measure the effect of simple food
items as opposed to active ingredients, the purified extracts with
pharmacological potency. Traditional medicine makes use of the effect
individual plants and plant products have on sick people. One of
the oldest tradition in Asia is the use of warm and cold
foods originating some two to three thousand years ago. Warm and
cold refer to humoral qualities of the blood reflecting an early
approach by physicians to equate illness with internal changes of
body function. If the humorals are not in balance, they can be readjusted
by eating corresponding warm or cold foods.