When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need
(ancient Ayurvedic proverb)
Our body needs food to enable it to function efficiently and to give us the energy we need to carry out our everyday tasks. What we eat and drink directly affects the way our mind and body function. Incorrect diet can cause or contribute to a number of ailments, but very often we turn to prescribed drugs to alleviate symptoms. However, this can often only be of temporary benefit and, over time, symptoms may return. For a long-term solution it may be necessary to make dietary changes to help your body to function more efficiently and to avoid further ailments.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognises that we are all different; we eat different foods, lead different lives, have different thought patterns etc. This is what makes us unique. Therefore everyone has a varied state of health, depending on the above factors. Because of our differences, not all foods are suitable for all people. For example, if you are overweight and have a weak or slow metabolism, then too much raw food and salads may not be the best food for you, according to Chinese medicine principles, as this may further weaken your digestive system. By assessing your body’s constitution and your dietary habits, a TCM diagnosis can be made and appropriate dietary advice will be given, to suit you.
What symptoms can be addressed through diet?
Many digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating, can be addressed with nutritional therapy – as can hormonal imbalances, sleep problems, skin disorders, poor energy levels and emotional issues, such as depression and anxiety. If you are trying to lose weight, then nutritional therapy may be able to help you to achieve your goal. Rather than making drastic changes to your diet, your practitioner will suggest small dietary changes that are easy for you to incorporate into your lifestyle and that will help strengthen your digestive system and improve your overall health.
What to Expect
A Nutritional Therapy consultation takes approximately one hour, during which time a comprehensive assessment of your health, diet and lifestyle will be carried out. Your tongue and pulse will also be checked during this time, for diagnostic purposes. You will be asked to complete a food diary for 5-7 days prior to your appointment, which will be discussed during your consultation. At the end of the consultation you will be given a diet plan that is suitable for you and that will help you to achieve your goal.
A follow up session is recommended after one month, when a further assessment is made and additional advice given, during this time. Further sessions may be advised at this time, if necessary.