Reflection On Dietary Therapy

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Reflection on the TCM-based Dietary Therapy Experience During the reading week we tried the amazing Chinese Medical cuisine at Tao Heung. It gives us a better demonstration of the basic principles of the dietary therapy and the ways to preserve our life. More importantly, we can observe the philosophy behind Traditional Chinese Medicine though these dishes: the idea of balance-maintaining. First of all, the whole set of dishes pays much attention to the correlation between human and nature, which is a major principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The common ground of these dishes is that they are all very beneficial to our health in adjustment to the environment. It is already autumn now according to the solar term (二十四節氣), which is the…show more content…
This in very crucial because spleen and stomach are considered as the “basis and fundamental resource of nutrition” and essential for Qi and blood formation. (Lecture 5 Notes) The pig tripe with lotus seeds works well in this aspect. Lotus seed tastes sweet and a bit bitter. It is neutral in nature and good for nourishing the spleen Qi. (Zhuang 1995, p.93) Pig tripe is sweet and warm, which is also good for our stomach and spleen. (Zhuang 1995, p.97) Moreover, this dish tastes a bit spicy. Not only can it enhance the appetite, but it can also promote our Qi and the circulation of blood. Because chili pepper is hot in nature and can warm our body up. (Zhuang 1995, p.66) However, it is not too pungent so that it would not stimulate our stomach to much. The beef with hawthorne and orange peel is also a typical appetizer which is good for our stomach and spleen. It tastes sour and sweet, which is helpful for digestion. Generally speaking, sweet and mild food are good for our spleen and stomach, for example, the Chinese yam, poria and duck in the menu. (Zhuang 1995, p.26 and 105) Sour food can promote digestion since it is astringent and can bring our Qi downwards. (Lecture 5

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