This manual is intended as a resource for students and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, such as Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Qi Gong as well as for the general reader. The book details the energetic properties of around 300 common foods, and explains the principles of Chinese medicine and how to apply them for daily use. This manual encourages the reader to know their own body, in order to help themselves and get the best out of the information provided. "Helping Ourselves" is not designed as a quick-fix or dietary revolution, but is intended as a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, skilled professional guidance. This book can be read alone or as an accompaniment to "Recipes for Self-Healing" and "The Energetics of Food".
Part One How to use this book: introducing the spleen; eating well - some general considerations, some specific considerations; how food is described in traditional Chinese medicine - the temperatures of food, the flavours of food, the routes and actions of food; putting this information to use - "The Dietary Tilt"; how to use this book - a step-by-step guide - examples. Part Two Patterns of disharmony: deficiencies - yin, yang, qi, blood; excesses - dampness, cold, heat, qi stagnation; blood stagnation. Part Three Fodd energetics reference chart: grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds, fish, meat, dairy, herbs and spices, oils and condiments, beverages, common supplements.