Food therapy connects to the Five-Element Theory because the theory’s chart helps show the effects different flavors can have on various illnesses. For a full list of foods and their healing powers, refer to http://www.tcmecc.org/foodtherapy.htm.
Similar to food therapy, herbal therapy applies various herbs to medical issues. The flavors of the different herbs help determine which herb to use to cure an illness and restore health. Tcmpage.com explains how each herb possesses a different flavor that is associated with curing a specific area. For example, a bitter flavor improves appetite and rids excessive heat from the body, sweet flavor treats dry coughs and balances systems in the body, spicy flavor circulates Qi and boosts metabolism, and salty flavor cleanses bowels and softens growths such as nodes.
Qigong is similar to tai chi. The practice brings balance and harmony to the body through breathing exercises and relaxed physical movements. The smooth movements of qigong lead the body and mind to a tranquil state which has been proven to aid stress, sleep, arthritis and cancer. Practicing qigong is especially beneficial in restoring the body to its best overall health when recovering from an illness.
Reviewed July 26, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Shannon Koehle