Food is the oldest and highest form of medicine there is.
Overview OF Nutrition AND Diet
Every thing we put in our bodies can either work for us or against us. All food products we consume have properties that are ascribed to them according to temperature, energetics, taste, and which internal organs they affect. The main idea with dietary therapy is to understand the correct foods to combine or eat alone that work for your unique body makeup. With this knowledge, you have the potential to create healing reactions in the body and work against the cause of disease.
Overview OF CHINESE HERBS
Chinese Herbs can be used as a stand alone practice or in conjunction with acupuncture and dietary therapy. Each herbal ingredient works synergistically with other ingredients in the formulas to address the symptoms of the disease being treated while fully supporting the constitution of the body. Formulas can have as many as 25+ different herbs, all artfully working together to treat the body as a whole system.
During your first visit, Priya will guide you in a discussion on your nutrition and note your personal health goals. She may request a 5-day food log to more closely analyze food intake. As you work with Priya on your first and subsequent visits, she will offer nutritional treatment plans that may include the prescription of specific foods, food combinations, and timing of meals. Chinese herbal formulas or flower essence formulas may also be necessary to support your healing process and health goals.
Priya prepares her own flower essences and mails them directly to your home. Other items may be sourced online or at local pharmacies, like Kamwo Herbal Pharmacy in Chinatown. You will always be informed of all ingredients in case you have any dietary restrictions. Click here for additional details.
A SAMPLE PLAN FOR A SIMPLE GOAL
A client visits Priya in the morning and explains they are experiencing cold symptoms such as fever, fatigue, a tickle in nose, and sneezing. Priya would first do an acupuncture treatment to attempt to rid the body of the pathogen, but may also prescribe the following meal plan for the rest of the day:
Breakfast: Congee (rice porridge) with ginger and leeks, followed by peppermint tea
Snack: One piece of citrus fruit, like an orange
Lunch: Miso soup with lots of scallions and seaweed, and a small piece of fish
Dinner: Chicken soup with shitake mushrooms, astragalus, and garlic
Avoid: Dairy, sugar, and cold/raw foods
(For more complex cases, more long term food modifications would be prescribed.)