The macrobiotic approach has gained a wide reputation for its effectiveness in healing many health issues from everyday problems like colds and hayfever, to more serious illnesses like type 2 diabetes and arteriosclerosis.
Most illnesses are caused by imbalances in our daily lives and diets, and changes in cooking, attitudes and lifestyle can be used to bring about healing.
Western medical advice and scientific research has, in the last 30 years, been moving closer and closer to the macrobiotic approach to healthy eating and living, advising an increased intake of whole grains, vegetables and vegetarian sources of protein, and less meat, sugar and dairy foods.
As well as carefully considering food intake, macrobiotics includes daily Do-in exercises to promote Ki flow in the body, and aims to live in harmony with the natural world, inspiring us to take responsibility for maintaining our own health and that of the environment in which we live; having the lowest carbon footprint and feeding the greatest number of people in our world of rapidly expanding populations.
The holistic teachings have had a major impact on the complementary health movement, introducing ideas on the nature of food and how it powerfully affects our health, as well as bringing many natural whole plant foods into Western society.