The use of food to treat and prevent disease in Chinese culture.

  title={The use of food to treat and prevent disease in Chinese culture.},
  author={Linda C. Koo},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={18 9},
Interviews of 50 Chinese families in Hong Kong in 1981 indicated that the proper selection, timing and preparation of food was the most salient lay method of dealing with the prevention and treatment of some 59 common symptoms and illnesses. The food prescriptions and proscriptions were based on the traditional concept of maintaining body homeostasis through avoidance of: (1) excess 'hot'/'cold' or 'wet'/'dry' qualities of body energy; (2) disturbance of energy flow; or (3) inadequate energy… CONTINUE READING

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