Nourishing Destiny

The upper class of medicines… govern the nourishment of destiny and correspond to heaven…  If one wishes to prolong the years of life without aging, one should use these.

The middle class of medicines govern the nourishment of one’s nature and correspond to man…  If one wishes to prevent illness and to supplement depletions and emaciations, one should use these.

The lower class of medicines… govern the treatment of illness and correspond to earth.  If one wishes to remove cold, heat and other evil influences from the body, to break accumulations, and to cure illnesses, one should base one’s efforts on drugs listed in the lower class of this manual.

–  Excerpt from Shen Nong Ben Cao, China’s oldest herbal text.

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