In traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional management is the first line of defense when it comes to treating and preventing disease. In that light, the foods you eat are like medicinal herbs you take several times daily. Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, has extensive experience evaluating your health and energy status and developing a nutritional plan that includes the foods needed to restore or maintain your health. To schedule a thorough evaluation, call the office in Torrance, California, or use the online booking feature.
Using food to heal and maintain the balance of energy in your body is an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine. Nutrition is so important, that making dietary changes is the first line of treatment, especially when treating chronic health conditions like Type 2 diabetes.
In traditional Chinese medicine, food is used to support the life energy, called Qi, that flows through your body, following specific pathways that connect organ systems. When foods and nutrients are carefully chosen, they keep your energy strong and balanced, which in turn supports your overall health.
In addition to considering each food’s nutritional value, traditional Chinese medicine assigns other values to foods. Foods are considered to be hot or cold, not in temperature, but in their effect on your energy. It’s important to consume a balance of hot and cold foods and to adjust your diet if one is out of balance with the other.
Foods are also classified according to five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy. Each quality has an impact on different organ systems. For example, these are the primary organs affected by each taste:
A balanced diet designed to keep you healthy should include the proper mix of all five flavors. However, the best mix of the five tastes varies depending on your individual needs and the season.
Nutritional management isn’t done alone. All aspects of your physical, mental, and emotional health must be evaluated to ensure Dr. Jones recommends the foods that are best for you. After thoroughly assessing your symptoms, health, and energy, he creates an eating plan based on each food’s nutritional content, healing essence, which body system it impacts, and its effect on your energy.
If you have shingles, for example, Dr. Jones might recommend foods that are cool and give you a list of foods to avoid that would worsen the condition, such as red meat, alcohol, spicy and salty foods.
For a complete evaluation of your nutritional health, call Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, or schedule an appointment online.