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Diet and Nutrition

One of the pillars of Chinese medicine, along with acupuncture, massage, meditation, and movement, is dietary therapy and nutrition.

“Let food be your first medicine…” – Hippocrates

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – La Rochefoucauld

“He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills of the physician.” – Chinese proverb

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

“Diet is the essential key to all successful healing. Without a proper balanced diet,  the effectiveness of herbal treatment is very limited.” – Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D.

Traditional Chinese doctors always combine dietary change with acupuncture. We can recommend gradual changes that are easy to implement, as well as resources to support you in making these shifts.

Our recommendations will be based on traditional oriental medicine concepts as well as modern natural medicine research. We will help you find a diet that is affordable, workable, and fits within your preferences as well as your need for specific nutrition.

In traditional Chinese medicine it is known that certain foods in excess damage specific organs and other foods nourish certain organs. Your acupuncturist will advise you on what foods to avoid and which to use to enhance your health.

The detrimental effects of poor diet may lessen the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment process. By continually consuming over-processed and refined foods, and consuming certain foods that we know undermine the health of certain organs, we damage ourselves in ways that make it difficult for acupuncture to help.

Acupuncture of Iowa Iowa City Wahls Protocol Certified Health Professional 2018 2019

Laura is a certified Wahls Protocol Professional and believes that the Wahls Protocol diets are most appropriate for many of our patients.

Nutritional consultation is available for those interested in intensive dietary therapy. We also recommend dietary supplements, such as Chinese herbs and nutritional supplements to support true wellness.

Laura is an expert cook, experienced in the area of whole foods lifestyles, and has herself experienced the fantastic benefits of good nutrition. You can find her food and nutrition blog here.