“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates
“He who takes medicine and neglects the diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” ~Chinese Proverb
Food provides the basic building blocks and energy for the body to grow, heal and repair itself, from amino acids to vitamins and minerals. Our bodies, and those of our companion animals was made to heal itself through building blocks found in our food. Each species has a species-specific diet with nutrients that must be taken in via the food supply; i.e. dogs and cats do not make the majority of vitamin D from sun exposure like humans do. They obtain it from fatty meats and liver.
Food Therapy plays an important part of Traditional Chinese medicine as one of the five Branches of Chinese Medicine. In Traditional Chinese hospitals families were expected to come and cook healing broths and porridges for their sick family members. Foods are categorized based on Five Element theory and are used to bring the body back into a start of harmony and balance. There are Yin, Yang and Qi tonics Many times nutritional supplements can be used to augment treatment with pharmaceuticals and are easier to assimilate, especially with geriatric animals.