Many Pulse readers are patients of acupuncturists and Chinese
herbalists. Some of you have been informed of your specific qi
imbalance or "pattern discrimination". A pattern discrimination
describes the how's and where's of your qi imbalance.
Does "Liver attacking the Spleen" sound familiar? How
about "Blood vacuity or Spleen qi vacuity with dampness?"
If you are currently seeing a practitioner they may be using
tools such as acupuncture needles, moxibustion or herbal therapy
to rebalance your qi. Have you ever wondered what you can do to
help rebalance your energy in your daily life? Chinese dietary
therapy is an effective tool that you, the patient, can utilize
daily to aid and speed recovery. Yet many practitioners do not
prescribe Chinese dietary therapy. Where can you get more information
to help yourself? Right here at The Pulse of Oriental Medicine
in Juliette's Kitchen.
I encourage you, dear reader, to email me the pattern discrimination
given to you by your practitioner of Oriental Medicine. I will
write articles with reference to these specific patterns (your
personal information will remain confidential), how you can adjust
your diet accordingly and even give you sample meals. I will do
my best to address most inquiries over the next few months. None
of the educational information I give is meant as medical advice
or to replace the advice you would otherwise get at an office
visit with qualified practitioner.
Your email must contain the following information: Please remember
personal information will not be published.
- Your name, address and phone number (which will be held confidential)
- Your email address (also confidential)
- Your practitioner's name, title, address and phone number
- Your pattern discrimination
- Your western diagnosis (such as diabetes, heart disease, migraines,
pregnant, herniated disk at L-4/L-5 etc).
all this to me
This month I am including a list of recommended reading. The
list is in two parts. The first part lists dietary books written
about Chinese Dietary Therapy and the second are western books
about diet therapy, some use the principles of Chinese Medicine.
Don't forget to read my past and present
columns here at The Pulse.
Chinese Dietary Therapy:
- The Tao of Healthy Eating. Flaws, Bob. Colorado: Blue
Poppy Press. This simple, concise, clearly written book is a
must have for all patients who want to partner with their practitioner
in healing. It even classifies vitamins and minerals within
the Chinese medical paradigm. Order
- The Tao of Nutrition. Ni, Maoshing. Santa Monica: Seven
Star Communications Group Inc. A listing of many foods and their
clinical significance written for laypeople.
- Also see "The List: Foods and their
- The Tao of a Balanced Diet. Dr. Chang, Steven T. Reno:
Tao Publishing. Balancing the diet with the 5 Tastes Theory.
Includes some recipes.
Western Dietary Therapy
- Food and Healing. Colbin, Annemarie. NY: Ballantine.
Eleven years ago, this book transformed the way I understood
food. I learned that food is a powerful healer or toxin. I learned
so much more despite being brought up without fast food and
lots of sugary junk. In other words, her books are for beginners
and those experienced with whole foods nutrition. I had the
pleasure to meet Annemarie recently at a conference and she
is as wonderful as all of her books. This book is a great place
to start then check out The Natural Gourmet for tons of easy,
delicious recipes. Order her books at this site.
- 8 Weeks to Optimum Health. Weil, Andrew. NY: Random
This book outlines an eight week program to balance your diet.
It discusses supplements, omega fatty acids, the healing power
of ginger and specific diseases such as cardiovascular disease,
obesity and more.Check out his site
and order this book.
- Nutrition Action Healthletter. Washington, D.C. Center
for Science in the Public Interest.
CSPI is a non-profit health advocacy group that advocates honest
food labeling and advertising, safer and more nutritious foods,
they accept no advertising, government or industry funding.
The newsletter is jam-packed with great info on a variety of
nutritional topics and fun to read. Check out their website
Happy Reading and Salute!