What is 5 elements cuisine?
This nutritional concept based on the five elements comes from China and is an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which developed from Taoism approx. 3000 years ago. It relates to the balance between Yin and Yang, material and energy. If a person is ill, weak or off balance, it is said to stem from an imbalance between the two poles of yin and yang in the body, mind and soul.
The focus is therefore not just on nutritional content but also on the effect the dishes have on energy balance.
While the origins of Five Elements Nutrition lie in China, for us it is not about cooking with exotic and unfamiliar foods. Instead, we draw on the concept to classify our local produce and to understand the health benefits of dishes.
This is not a new food trend or a new kind of diet; rather it is based on ancient and traditional knowledge and on the original laws of nature which transform Five Elements Nutrition into an attitude to life.
Hildegard von Bingen
“Just as the elements hold the world together, so in the same way they are responsible for holding the human body together”.
Ester Krahwinkel & Tanja Bunse
„Five Elements Nutrition forms part of an overall philosophy which views individuals and nature from a uniform perspective.“
Sun Simiao (Tang Dynasty 610-907 AD)
„Nutrition can balance out environmental influences, bring the organs into harmony, stimulate the mind, bolster vitality and strengthen the blood.“