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Origin Of Diet Therapy


China's dietary culture has a very long history. The underlying principle is that food processing should only enhance, not reduce, the merit of the raw material.Chinese people attach great importance to care of health and cure of disease in the processing and serving of foods, which is termed "diet therapy".

Diet therapy

Chinese people are inclined to use traditional condiments, which do not include any chemicals. They generally favor herbs which traditional Chinese medical scholars approve of and which through long-term culinary employment have shown themselves to be beneficial to human health, such as spring onion, chive seedlings, ginger, garlic, aniseed, Chinese prickly ash, pepper, cinnamon, dried tangerine, hawthorn, and Angelica dehurica. Other favorite flavorings are: white spirit, yellow rice wine, long-preserved vinegar, white sugar and honey.

Efforts are made to achieve for every meal the purpose that staple and non-staple foods should be truly complementary, that cold and hot dishes should be properly matched, that there should be foods which are cooked and foods which are eaten in a raw state, foods which are boiled until they are dry and foods which are boiled but with a lot of water or milk left in them, foods which are sweet and foods which are salty, and there should be dishes of meat, fish, etc. and dishes of vegetables. A high degree of unity of opposites is generally revealed in the profusion and diversity of quantities of foods and sizes of plates and bowls.

Diet therapy

When concrete problems are to be considered in reference to the dietary requirements of the four seasons of a year, still more attention is paid to the time, climate, and suitability to the condition of the human body in the given season. In springtime, appropriate amounts of vinegary and fragrant food should be added in order to keep the body channels open for passage and to whet the appetite; in summertime, the proper addition of cool and bitterish food would be necessary to give those at the table a feeling of coolness and promote the palatability of the dishes, thus making people oblivious of the ambient summer heat; in the fall, with the approaching cold weather, a bit of pungent food would be desirable for the purpose of fending off the attack of cold wind; and in wintertime, the rigors of the cold weather demand that salty dishes and hot soups be added to the daily menu so as to increase the ability of the human body to defend itself against the severe cold. All this gives embodiment to the theory of the Chinese classical philosophy that "nature, place, human being and time" are to be bound into an inseparable whole.

Diet therapy

Under the guidance of traditional Chinese medical theory, dietary health care has become a highly specialized branch of science which proves to be of great value in practical applications. For instance, traditional Chinese medical theory finds application in the coupling or matching of different foods so as to bring into full play the health- care effect of certain foods being cooked or taken together and to shun the taboos that are considered to be based on really good reasons. Two taboos of this nature are cited here for your reference. Mutton and plums are not to be taken together. Carp should not be eaten at the same time as dog, chicken, pork liver, and green soya been. On this foundation was born a complete set of variegated medicated health-care products in the form of medicinal liquors, foods cooked with medicinal herbs, health teas, etc. All these things are the concrete manifestation of the achievements of traditional Chinese medical theory in dietary culture.

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