Hot and Cold Natures of Foods in Persian Medicine: Physiological Effects and Perspectives for Modern MedicineAuthor(s): Farzaneh Ghaffari*
Persian Medicine, which has been utilized and attended since ancient, includes several books about nutrition, physiology, anatomy and pharmacology, prevention and management of diseases. Persian medicine is an individualized medicine that focuses on individual and environmental features like nutrition, in order to maintain the health and treatment of the diseases. In Persian Medicine, the effects of different food products on the body are dependent on their nutrients and natures. Medicinal foods with hot or cold natures are able to change the temperament and physiology of human body. Regarding the fact that creating equilibrium in temperament is the target of prevention and treatment of disease in Persian medicine; correct nutrition from proper ingredients and additives can balance the human temper while the opposite would cause negative health effects. In this study, the physiologic, bioenergetics, hormonal, and mental impacts of hot and cold nutrients will be addressed which have potential health benefits.