The concept of “food as medicine” is deeply rooted in healing traditions around the world. Medicines themselves have been derived from a variety of plants and animals — including herbs, roots, barks, and bones. In recent decades, food elimination diets have become part of the treatment plan for many illnesses. Today, about half of all American adults have at least one preventable chronic disease related to poor dietary habits and physical inactivity. This means food isn’t only an important aspect of treating illness, but preventing it.
Every day, doctors write prescriptions for medications that will treat various ailments in their patients. Those prescriptions, though, come once the patient is already sick. In an effort to stop disease before it starts, some researchers are pushing for policies and programs that would let doctors prescribe healthy foods and insurers to cover them—actively helping patients shift to a health-... Read more
In a time where we’re looking to soothe ourselves with no strings attached, plants have our back. That’s why we’ve put together Plants as Medicine: a series of expert-vetted advice to help you embrace your inner herbalist spirit and explore how to boost your physical and mental health through plant’s natural healing legacy of plants.
To begin, we asked Sade Musa — folk herbalist — to sh... Read more