Posted by Wholy Fit | Monday, March 14, 2011 | Category:
The philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is preventive in nature and views the practice of waiting to treat disease until the symptoms are full blown. TCM's approach to health and healing is very different from modern western medicine. Practitioners make it a point to educate patients in regarding lifestyle so that they can assist in his or her own therapeutic process. Exercise, stress management, rest, relaxation and eating habits are all educated to the patient. One of the most basic elements of TCM is called " Diet Therapy," which utilizes the concept of healing foods. Remedies employing functional foods is the first step to correcting the patients mind/body imbalances. It has been proven that a patients ailment are 50% relieved due to making dietary changes alone. Practitioners learn about the healing properties of foods so when making a nutritional diagnosis they have the ability to advise which foods will aid in healing based of signs/symptoms. Listed below are 3 of the top healing foods of TCM and a recipe attached. 1. Garlic: Aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, anticancer, anti-fungal, and enhances immune bacteria. Caution-it has blood thinning effects. 2. Turmeric (yellow): Anti-inflammatory effects on the body when combined with black pepper and ginger. Together it works as a double effect for anti-inflammatory and anticancer. Stimulates the hormones linked to immune system as well. 3. Ginger: Stomach soothing-excellent for nausea and motion sickness.
Enjoy this Meatless Monday Healing Foods Recipe:
Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric and Ginger
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds
1 jalapeno, finely diced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
Whisk together the oil, mustard seeds, jalapeno, ginger, and turmeric in a small bowl.Place cauliflower in a medium baking dish and toss with the flavored oil and season with salt. Roast until lightly golden brown and just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot.