Episode 17 – Chinese Medicine and Plant Based Eating

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How does plant based eating fit into the practice of Chinese Medicine? What foods should we be eating in different seasons? In this episode, Ellen Goldsmith, an educator, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, and author of Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine, discusses the basic principles of Chinese medicine and the interplay with nutrition. She explains how it differs from the Western approach and elucidates the concepts of yin and yang, qi, seasonal eating  and the thermal nature and flavour of food.

In this episode you’ll hear:

 2:30 – Basic principles of Chinese Medicine

3:10 – Yin and yang explained

4:25 – Role of food therapy in Chinese Medicine

5:05 – Where does plant based eating fit in?

5:50 – Difference between Chinese dietary therapy and the Western approach?

10:20 – Seasonal eating with examples of what to eat in winter

13:10 – Recipe examples from Ellen’s book

18:00 – Seasonal eating for spring, summer and fall

23:00 – Qi explained

26:00 – How long does it take to see results from Chinese dietary therapy?