Food as Medicine for Your Mood and Body

Welcome to Avicenna Diet’s website with a difference!

This is your one-stop resource for learning and planning your diet with Food as Medicine suitable for your Mood and Body.

Galen, Avicenna (Ibn Sina), Hipocrates

It is the most ancient diet, originated from ancient Babylon but was documented and developed by Greek physicians and philosophers such as Alcmaeon of Croton (540–500 BC), Empedocles (494-434 BC), Hippocrates (460-379 BC) known as “Father of Medicine” and Galen of Pergamon (129-216 AD).

This medical system was more developed by the Persian polymaths and physicians such as Rhazes (Zakariya Razi 865-935) and al-Farabi (870-050). It was expanded to its peak by Avicenna (Ibn Sina 980-1037)  and was practiced by Zayn al-Din Gorgani (1040-1136) and their followers.

Scholars Pavilion at UN office in Vienna
Scholars Pavilion at the UN office in Vienna

Avicenna is known as the “Prince of Physicians” for his famous medical text, The Canon of Medicine, which was printed 15 times before 1500 and became the textbook at most medical schools from India to Europe until the 18th century.

It is believed that each person’s temper or each food’s nature resembles one of the Four Classical Elements. Earth is cold & dry, water is cold & wet, air is hot & wet, and fire is hot & dry.

These temperaments or natures are classified into four main categories:

Four Elements & Temperaments of Avicenna Diet,

  1.  Warm & Dry (Fire)
  2. Warm & Wet (Air)
  3.  Cold & Dry (Earth)
  4.  Cold & Wet (Water)

The Avicenna diet is characterized by the following points:

  • Food as Medicine: Personalise your food or snack with vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices suitable for your body’s temperament.
  • Whole Food Diet: Eating unprocessed foods that are close to their natural state
  • Holistic Approach: Interconnection of diet, and lifestyle with overall health
  • Gut-Brain Connection: Bidirectional communication of the gastrointestinal tract with neural, hormonal, and immunological pathways of the body.
  • Food & Mood: The food you eat influences your mood.
  • Managing Chronic Conditions with the right diet, including herbs and spices.

For an online examination of your body temperament please click here.