THE Doctrine of Signatures dates back to the middle ages and is based on the belief that certain foods resemble the part of the body that they help to heal.
The idea was that the Gods have marked plants in a way that we would be able to understand what they should be used for and the colour, shape, taste or smell were thought to leave clues for those with a keen eye.
This intuitive, almost mystical way of healing was gradually lost with the development of science and our growing ability to study the individual components of plants.
Although science has managed to unintentionally validate many of these old beliefs, so maybe these ancient healers were onto something after all.
These are some of the more common foods that have been proven to be helpful in healing or preventing disease in the body parts they resemble.
- Beetroot is the bright red like the colour of blood and drinking fresh beetroot juice has been shown to lower blood pressure, increase the muscle power of those with heart disease and boost physical performance.
- Walnuts look like a brain and have been proven to be protective for the health of the brain, improve cognitive performance and prevent age related cognitive decline.
- Figs are full of seeds and have been found to increase the motility and number of sperm and fairly closely resembles the male scrotum.
- Citrus fruit cut in half resembles the breast and studies have shown a reduction of breast cancer risk and incidence in those with a diet high in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemon.
- A sliced carrot looks like an eye and the beta-carotene found in carrots has been proven to improve the health of the eyes and improve night vision.
- Ginger is a similar shape to the stomach and is very effective at treating nausea and avocados are the shape of the uterus and contains a large seed and contain all the nutrients essential for fetal and infant health and development.
If nothing else, it’s a great way to help you remember what foods to eat depending on your condition or needs.