|Kathy's Broccoli in Monochrome|
This broccoli is a vegetable. But until you can see this as also a medicine, you are missing half of its potential. I like to think this is what all food can be seen as.
Medicine is remedy and all day every day we need remedy for what ails our bodies and to lift us when our spirit feels it can't carry us anymore due to various burdens caused ether emotionally or physically.
As a rule, this entire process is taken care of by the autonomic nervous system which also looks after various body jobs such as blinking and breathing and those other other body jobs (toilet) we don't have to think too much about.
A SYSTEM ... yes system (akin to our solar system) and it takes care of all of the alchemical processes of miraculously changing this food into chemicals (medicine) for us. It does this like the Earth rotates around the Sun and it takes place and we don't have to peddle to make it turn.
All we have to do is action this by the motivation of our spirit to partake in various foods and feed ourselves this nourishment. When we are sore -- we look for a remedy to take or to rub onto our sore parts. When we are hungry ---> we eat. Being hungry is a state of un-wellness. and hunger is the sign that this needs urgent attention to correct it. We simply need to eat food to alleviate this and correct the state of equilibrium.
Sometimes we crave weird things, don't ever be too afraid of these instincts. I like to think it's your system discussing with you the latest and greatest recipes to re-establish internal equilibrium. This is well known as "Instinctive Eating." Some people have been known to eat dirt because there are minerals contained therein and their bodies somehow knew this and they licked the very ground. That shows you how the body can think for it self in these cases and lead you to exactly what you need.
So Medicine is Food and Food is Medicine. There are no true blurry areas around this fact what so ever, in my opinion. To call herbalism and food therapy Alternative Medicine is a heresy... it is entirely original medicine and the Pharmaceuticals are a false medicine.