Relieving the body - supporting the healing

What should one eat and why? Because of the variety of worldwide food on offer, it's hard to answer the question in a short and simple way.

But if the question aims at the sensible support of the treatment of diseases through the composition food, then its significance must be properly explained and understood.

At times, it is important to relieve the body in adapting to the individual circumstances with very well tolerated food and thereby support the healing process in a natural manner.

A general distinction between "healthy" or "bad" food is initially not significant (except for extremes). Extremes (and thus questionable food) can possibly be: "organic food", where the body is constantly burdened with difficult to metabolise, raw vegetarian food (e.g. salads, carrots, fruit, fresh wholegrain), or "junk food" where repeatedly only fats and sugars are absorbed (for instance, French fries, curried sausage, chocolate, lemonades with a lot of sugar).

It is more important to understand how the digestion of food takes place in the body, and so how the actual metabolism happens. Also, components recommended as “healthy food” in an otherwise well-balanced diet can make you ill with severe confounding factors. And so the opposite of what is intended can be achieved: healing can be hindered or prevented.

For example, this is evident in gastrointestinal diseases when looking at many blanket diets or at the “faith” in “healthy food”. If enzymes or intact organ functions are absent here, then healthy food intake is impaired. Those and similar circumstances are often more important than blanket answers to the question of what is healthy and what is not.

If there are disorders because of the wrong metabolisation of “healthy food”, then many other organ functions suffer, like for example also the liver and the spleen and their central functions for the immune system.

In traditional western medicine, diets are in general happily recommended as measures for weight reduction, or for underlying diseases (like diabetes, for example). “Nutritional deficiencies” should often be compensated here quantitatively, so for example through the intake of additional vitamins from food supplements. 

For many other diseases, there are often contradicting recommendations on food intake and diet. Hardly ever, or practically never, are such recommendations given with the inclusion of the microbiology: and this happens although it can be assumed that especially micro-organisms or pathogens have “a special predilection” for certain food. And unfortunately, this is often the case.

It would therefore be helpful always to give a diet recommendation only after thorough microbiological diagnostics and a status of pathogens. Clarity arises only from this as to what is healthy for the individual person and does not adversely serve the multiplication of pathogens.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine), a "smooth transition" is assumed between food intake and staying healthy or getting well. In eastern medicine, food and diets are used together to improve the organ functions or other functions. Chinese chicken soups are considered, for example, as traditional invigoration soups. The chicken forms the basis for the invigorating soup, and the Chinese herbs cooked with it support the organ functions.

Also, traditional Chinese medicine considers no knowledge of microbiology in this, which thus restricts the quality of any diet of this origin. But nevertheless, an extensive renunciation of raw food is recommended, particularly with sick people, and a stronger relation to tolerability is made than in western medicine.

The renunciation of “very sweet food” is also a frequent recommendation. In the process, without a "scientific" background, this "eastern" medicine achieves a better promotion of health than medically prescribed "western" diets usually do.

With Normamed diet recommendations, the western and eastern points of view are joined in important components and are supplemented by significant components. It is also important to take into account the instructions for the handling of food - for example, to avoid new infections from parasites. Thus, for instance, the consumption of unwashed salad is extremely problematic. 

Open Normamed info sheet for children "Ongte-Pongte, the salad eater"

Normamed information even for children: Salad can be healthy, but need not be...

First, the essential difference to all other medical approaches is the strong integration of microbiology - here the search for pathogens - like for example parasites, pathogenic fungi and bacteria.

Because certain pathogens prefer certain food and harm the body, there is clear justification from this for the respective renunciation, until one is healthy again.

A diet is always an interference with the habits. Therefore, a diet must be carried out as efficiently and as quickly as possible. The philosophy “what does one eat”, “what not”, is not the object of Normamed medicine. In general, a healthy mixed diet, diverse and according to the personal taste, is the objective that should be connected directly with a high quality of life.

To make this simple and easily achievable, the Normamed method combines information from the patient history, the microbiology and particularly the metabolism into a "type" of disease, for which in each case a recommendation for a temporary composition of food is developed. To be able to do this sensibly, an analysis and questioning about food intake, tolerances and intolerances is done for a few days. 

The objective of the diets in the Normamed programme fundamentally differs from western and far eastern medicine. The principal purpose is first to cause an unconditional tolerance of a food, so that e.g. soft stools, diarrhoea or constipation disappear (obstipations). The digestion must be supported through the constituents of the food, so that it returns to normal: one or two solid bowel movements per day, without digestive disorders, is the objective. 

Taking pathogens away from food

At the same time, proven pathogens must be taken away from the food if possible, through the composition of the diet. The foods must be adapted particularly in relation to the respective spleen, gallbladder and kidney functions, so that they are maximally tolerated. For this purpose, Chinese medicine delivers important impulses that can also be implemented well in western food. 

Supporting digestive enzymes

In certain organ disorders, which are detected by means of Chinese diagnostics, but also through the oropharyngeal patient history, Chinese herbs are used for the support of the most important Normamed diets, in order to improve the tolerability  even further and to stimulate the natural enzymes of the digestion. 

Establishing intact digestion

It is therefore the core objective to restore an intact digestion as quickly and as gently as possible. This is the basis for further improvement, e.g. of certain organic disorders that are hardly treatable without this approach.

Classifications of diets are of great importance for temporary support of the treatment. For some of these diets, there is not any medicine available as an alternative, neither in western medicine, nor in far eastern medicine too. 

You will find here one of our diets for a sensitive digestion with diarrhoea and varying stools. You can download this and try it out. Please note: This diet does not replace visiting the doctor. In any case, with stronger symptoms you should immediately obtain medical advice.

Open info sheet "Normamed diet recommendations with diarrhoea" 

On the basis of longstanding practice experiences, different components were integrated into this diet so that with them a wide base of the dyspepsias is addressed. The foods are thus composed so that they leave little food to the frequently occurring pathogens. With sensitive digestion, the components usually lead quickly to an improvement. In case of doubt with continual symptoms, you should still visit a doctor, who can then follow up the causes of the symptoms.

We would be pleased if you could inform us of experiences with this diet. We would also be pleased to advise you how you can subsequently also use the improvement of your condition for a sustainable recovery.

Probiotics (for instance Acidophilus and Bifido cultures) are an example of the expansion possibilities of traditional Chinese medicine and traditional western medicine: in both the use of microbiology for healing purposes is rather less well known.

Forming an alliance in the fight against noxious pathogens

According to “Chinese philosophy”, food is a component of recovery and staying healthy. If one follows this thought, then the individual and disease-related inclusion of the modern knowledge of microbiology is logical and consistent. This also includes deliberately grown probiotic cultures that provide healthy intestinal microflora: bifido bacteria are allies in the fight against noxious pathogens.

Provided that probiotics or certain lactic acid preparations are tolerated (for normal digestion or constipation / obstipation), they decisively contribute to the health or to recovery.

Difficulties arise particularly with diarrhoea or varying stools, with mushy stools or very sensitive digestion: precisely these healthy and health-maintaining agents are initially barely tolerated. On the contrary: their use can lead to very severe deterioration. 

Skilled coordination of food, tolerability and probiotics

It then comes down to making the desired probiotics tolerable again in steps, by means of a skilful regulation process of the digestive processes. This is a complex process. For success, a complete microbiological analysis is required. For this purpose, important organ functions are addressed, in each case depending on thorough diagnostics. Crucial for the balancing here are especially the gallbladder, the kidneys and the spleen.

Only the systematic combination opens the opportunity to be able to tolerate, every now and then, this medicine that is so important. A certain adaptation of the food is also used for this: so that troublesome food components are not mistakenly interpreted as an intolerance of probiotics. It is hence absolutely advisable to first compose an acceptable diet for the sensitive digestion and only integrate other components of a therapy afterwards.

For a quick and sustainable improvement of the condition

Normamed diets and diet recommendations are often temporary measures to support the treatment. They are based on the respective personal dyspepsias. They aim at a systematic regulation of the physical processes. Thereby, probiotics also play a role for the improvement of the organ functions, just like Chinese herbs.

Since: with intact digestion, an intact functioning of the spleen, gallbladder and kidneys is again possible - and the opportunity for gentle treatment and removal of other causes of symptoms (such as infection with pathogenic germs) is thereby supported.