Traditional Chinese Medicine - Yin and Yang of Pet Food
InTraditional Chinese Medicineand other Eastern medicinal practices, diet is used in the prevention as well as treatment of diseases or ailments.
The philosophies used are very different than the approaches used by Westerner practitioners.
This subject can be very deep and complicated, and further learning about, and investigation of, Eastern practices is necessary to get a full grasp of the subject. Cheryl Schwartz’s book, Four Paws, Five Directions is a fantastic resource if you want to learn more about this fascinating topic.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), foods are regarded as an extension of medicinal herbs, and not a source of calories and chemical compounds like protein, fat, and minerals. Foods are considered from the perspective of how they influence the body as a whole: blood, fluid, individual organs and a body’s Qi (life force).
A core concept of TCM is balance. Each Food has yin or yang properties to consider, and each food has a yin (cool, damp) and a yang ( hot, dry) constitution. A diet should be designed to help heal, not create further imbalance.
Direction – does the food influence qi, blood, or fluid upward, downward, inward, or outward
Warming vegetables: squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, green beans
“Four Paws Five Directions”, by Cheryl Schwartz, DVM
“Prince Wen Hue’s Cook, Chinese Dietary Therapy”, Bob Flaw and Honora Wolfe
“Natural Health” by Jennifer Barrett July/ August 2005 edition pg. 70.
Lucy Postins is founder and Chief Integrity Officer at The Honest Kitchen. She is a companion animal nutritionist who started The Honest Kitchen in her kitchen in 2002. She is passionate about advanced nutrition and holistic health including complementary modalities such as herbalism and homeopathy. Considered an expert in her field, Lucy frequently writes articles for local and national media, conducts radio interviews and educational spots, and occasionally holds educational seminars for pet owners on the importance of good nutrition. She also recently authored Dog Obsessed, a guide to a happier, healthier life for the pup you love.