East meets west in the kitchen with the nourishing treasures of Chinese medicine. Food can be the most powerful medicine. This unique book introduces and teaches how to apply the ancient wisdom and traditions of healing that come through food according to Chinese medicine. This is a new way of thinking about what foods are needed to achieve balance and ultimately improve health. Goldsmith provides a sharp and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of Chinese medicine so that they can be easily used in daily life. She takes the same concepts, extends them to eating the food to maximize the benefits of Chinese diet therapy. Eating well is essential to good health, and Chinese medicine believes that food is truly medicine. In an easy-to-understand way, Ellen explains how and what combination of foods and flavors work on the body to move qi (energy) and how they work on the body to heat or cool. Many of today's chronic health problems caused by lifestyle, genetics and stress can be helped by peculiar and long-lasting changes in the way we eat.175 alluring recipes organized by the season bring to life the theory of Chinese medicine. There are meals to suit every season from breakfast to dinner, including drinks and desserts. All recipes are super simple, easy to assemble and easily customized to meet your needs, desires and tastes.