One of the best-kept secrets in healthcare is that “something as simple as the food on your plate can truly be medicine.”
Over the centuries food has been a central element in many traditional forms of medicine, which treated food as medicine until its role in curative medicine began to decline during the last century. The role of healthful eating in both preventative and therapeutic medicine has been documented in medical texts dating as far back as 500 BC.
This popular phrase attributed to Hippocrates (460 BC to 370 BC) emphasizes the importance of healthy diets to prevent or cure disease. Ayurveda, one of the oldest healthcare systems that originated over three millennia ago in the Indian subcontinent, offers extensive insights about food and health based on certain unique conceptual as well as theoretical positions.Continue reading