Chinese Herbology & Nutrition
There are hundreds of Chinese herbs used in TCM medicinal formulae. While some are also part of the familiar Western herbology, many are not. Chinese herbs always treats the cause or “root” as well as the symptoms or “branch”.
Chinese nutrition is a mode of dieting rooted in Chinese understandings of the effects of food on the human organism. In Chinese nutrition, a balanced diet is one that includes all 5 tastes—spicy (warming), sour (cooling), bitter (cooling), sweet (strengthening), and salty (cooling). Foods that have a particular taste tend to have particular properties. There are no forbidden foods or “one size fits all” diets in Chinese nutrition. In TCM, nutrition is considered the first line of defense in health matters.