Medicine of taste

Author: Ekaterina Solovyova

Medicine of taste Osteopathy — a discipline in medicine that focuses on diagnostics and treatment without the use of medicine.

Osteopathy was first developed in the U.S. more than 130 years ago by doctor Andrew Taylor Still, who was disappointed with contemporary methods of «civilized» medicine and instead used the practices of native Americans. His method is based on one of the principles of traditional medicine that man is the symbol of the Universe. Osteopathy is founded on the belief that our body can heal on its own, while the doctor’s task is to help the person find a balance between its various systems. Dr. Solovyova shares more.

The value of taste

Why do humans need taste? Many people understand that the ability to enjoy taste and perceive it is preprogrammed in us. The true value of taste is how it nurtures our bodies. First our organs are nourished, then the brain. It is not the food itself, but its energy and five primary tastes that give us inner strength, granted our body is working correctly.

Chinese medicine established a connection between the nature of the five tastes and organs, taste buds and macrocosmic elements of nature. The balance of these elements is what allows us to be healthy.


Taste Organs Element
Sweet Stomach and digestive system Earth
Bitter Heart and cardiovascular system Fire
Sour Liver and nervous system Tree
Salty Kidneys and endocrine glands Earth
Spicy Lungs, lymph, and immune system Metal


The energy we get with food has to be processed by all organs before it enters our energy channels, which will conduct it back to the organs to nurture them.

In addition, taste can give us pleasure and thus change our inner state. We need to develop our taste and consume high-quality drinks, especially since the ability to perceive and experience taste was granted to humans alone.

Emotions are important for us if we want our body to work correctly, and they are formed by our organs. If an organ functions well, i.e. it receives quality energy, it can transform this energy and use it to reinforce the corresponding characteristics in a person. For example, our liver is responsible for development and for forward movement.

If this organ receives mutated energy or simply doesn’t function, the energy will stagnate, causing you negative emotions. For example, your liver can provoke anger.

In addition, when energy stagnates, it accumulates and starts to harm other organs, which causes an outburst of emotions that can be extremely hard to control.

Health from within

The main principle of osteopathy is that the body is capable of healing itself. The organs and tissues of a healthy person have a certain shape, density, and temperature. When they start to change pathologically, these characteristics become altered. If an experienced specialist notices these changes, they can remove functional blocks and restore the circulation of fluids and recreate optimal mobility to improve a person’s overall quality of life as a result.

For all organs and systems to function correctly, we need physiological mobility that normalizes the flow of fluids. An osteopath never has a «go-to» method to resolve all issues: only your body knows what it needs to be helped. The task of the specialist is to «listen» to what your body is saying, have a high level of sensitivity and the ability to read the state of organs, vertebrae, and tissues with his hands and make sure everything in the body is moving.

From the point of view of osteopathy, health means the perfect balance of tensions in a body that forms the right homeostasis and balance of chemicals, including hormones.

The path to the quality of taste

By observing how non-functional organs perceive taste, an osteopath can determine the location of an issue.

The body has a primary reaction and secondary adaptation to any impact, or trauma, which can be physical, chemical, or mental. Depending on the type of trauma, its strength, and location, it can even block an organ, vertebra, or brain. In any event, your system uses all three of these links. The primary issue needs to be solved to determine what exactly is keeping the entire system in such tension.

It is quite obvious that there is an infinite number of combinations of impacts, and even more adaptations. As the quality of adaptation depends on your physical, mental, and emotional states, genetics, and many other factors, each of us demonstrate these aspects differently. What is most essential is to determine the principal damage done by the trauma and restore the vitality and mobility of body parts. Once body harmony is reached, we can truly appreciate the taste of quality drinks.