About Kampo Diet Food Therapy
Proper diet is very important for the recovery from many illnesses, as well as for the maintenance of good health. In fact, it is so important that diet has been deemed an integral part of Eastern medicine, food therapy. In Kampo, it is called Shokuyou, and in TCM, this practice is known as Shi Liao.
In Western nutrition, the individual’s approach will primarily focus on analyzing the nutritional values of each portion or meal. Kampo and TCM, by contrast, emphasize the characteristics of whole foods, reflecting how they consider that every food has specific thermal characteristics, known as nature and flavour. Foods can be hot, warm, neutral, cool, or cold. Kampo practitioners consider these characteristics as elements that will affect an individual’s constitution. Read more..
- Food Categories (Seafood, Fruits, Legumes, Meat, Vegetables etc.)
- Thermal Nature (Cold, Cool, Neutral, Warm, Hot)
- Five Flavours (Acrid, Bitter, Salty, Sour, Sweet)