As humans, we all need food to stay alive, support our development and maintain health. We require an intake of energy to fuel us throughout our day, build our bodies while we sleep, and expel the wastes we all produce. Some common ingredients found in our grocery stores are found in the Chinese herbal Material Medica, such as ginger, mint, walnuts, and asparagus to name just a few. The same concepts in herbal medicine are mirrored in dietary therapy and every different food has been given therapeutic properties. Through this viewpoint, we can assist our other forms of treatment by eating foods that benefit us and the treatments. If we compare ourselves to a factory, our bodies are amazing machines producing vast amounts of energy, fluids, and waste. If we build the factory with great bricks, top of the line communication systems and employ a reliable, renewable energy source, you can imagine the stability the factory would have. The same could be said of the opposite; cheap masonry, shoddy communications, and sudden spikes and drops of energy would create a factory in disrepair. Fresh food and clean water are the catalyst for the repair functions in our bodies, maintain our communications between cells, and give us the stable, reliable energy we need. With guidance from your practitioner, foods may be added or omitted from your daily diet to assist in better healing and improved health. Dietary sustenance is something every one of us needs to purchase and consume throughout our day. What better way to heal and maintain our health by eating the right foods for each of us?