Food as Medicine

A Handbook of Natural Nutrition

By (author) Kirsten Hartvig

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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : November 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
  • Size : 152mm(w) x 229mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 95219
  • ISBN 13 : 9781801521178
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How to use your diet to heal your body

Countless studies have shown that food plays a major role in promoting health and preventing and treating disease.

Kirsten Hartvig draws on her deep knowledge - and her many years of hands-on experience as a natural health practitioner and researcher - to give you a unique guide to healthy eating and to the use of food as medicine.

You will learn how foods stimulate the body’s natural self-healing ability, and you will gain understanding of the role of specific nutrients in treating everyday ailments, aches and pains.

Food As Medicine will also show you how to protect yourself against more serious health problems with practical diet and recipe advice.

As a unique daily health reference, Food As Medicine also takes a fresh look at the nutritional value of the foods we eat.

It will give you a better understanding of the quality of the calories obtained from the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in all sorts of foods, and it also looks in detail at the vital role played by vitamins, minerals and trace elements in maintaining health and treating disease.

Kirsten Hartvig discusses food as medicine at the AMH online event in November 2023.

Watch a recording of the event.

About the author

By (author) Kirsten Hartvig

Kirsten Hartvig ND, MNIMH, DipPhyt trained at the School of Herbal Medicine, Tunbridge Wells, and the College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in London. She is an acclaimed nutritionist, medical herbalist, and registered naturopath practising in The Rachel Carson Centre, Emerson College.

Kirsten is director of the Healing Garden, a biodynamic garden with over 400 species of medicinal plants. It is part of the Biodynamic Botanic Garden at Emerson College.

She is the author of 14 books on natural health and writes columns and articles for various newsletters and magazines. Kirsten teaches Nature Cure diploma courses onsite and online with Dr Nic Rowley, and she leads monthly herb walks and workshops on natural health and herbal medicine.

Kirsten also teaches at the Nordic College of Natural Medicine in Denmark, where she was a government advisor on herbal medicine and part of the Danish Health Authority’s Council for Alternative Medicine.

Kirsten has taught nutrition and dietetics at the European School of Osteopathy and the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine Master’s degree course, and materia medica on the Heartwood Professional Course.

Kirsten developed the YouTube channel Herb Hunters, and the Herbal Medicine Show on UK Health Radio.  She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and past president of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths.


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Camilla Fayed, Farmacy Kitchen on 18/10/2023

‘This book encapsulates what we need to understand in the modern world: the impactful resurgence of the plant kingdom; food as medicine has sparked a renewed appreciation. We are now finally recognising the profound connection between human health, ecology and agriculture.’

Barbara Wilkinson, The Herb Society on 18/10/2023

‘Health is a gift to receive daily, with everything we consume. This book has facts and recipes, making it essential reading for all, as food is the foundation to life. Fascinating and informative, from an author with a passion for health and wellbeing.’

Anna Iben & Jesper Hollensberg, Nordic College of Natural Medicine on 18/10/2023

‘This modern reference book on nutrition and dietetics is deeply rooted in Kirsten Hartvig’s extensive clinical experience as a consultant naturopath and medical herbalist. In this book you will find a useful, well thought through and inspiring manual on the use of nutrition as a pathway to health. Its deep knowledge is founded on both empirical data and new scientific research. It is completely in tune with nature, and sensitive to the Earth’s example and resources.’

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