Balancing Body and Soul with Food
Did you know that Rx actually stands for recipe? Medicine was, and still can be, a heroic effort to remove impurities and frictions that put the body out of sync with the spirit/soul/mind for which it is both temple and vehicle. Since the body is built from and runs on one fuel, food, traditional methods for remedying imbalances are dietary. Knowing the unique chemical properties of individual root vegetables, seeds, greens, fruits and fermented fare, and how these ingredients acted inside the body, doctors prescribed individual foods or combinations whose digestion could bring a body back into harmony with elements impinging on it - weather, time, geography, others. The kitchen was the pharmacy. Even now many medicines are merely compounds of food chemicals. That’s why the word hospital comes from hospitality and the drugstore icon is Rx. Like Christ in Xmas, most of the word recipe has been deleted. Here are some traditional foods used to balance body and soul.
Sandra Garson, a well-known cook for Dharma centers from Maine to Mongolia, is the author of Veggiyana, the Dharma of Cooking and How to Fix a Leek and Other Food From Your Farmers’ Market.