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The Doctrine of Signatures-Ancient Wisdom


What do you know about “The Doctrine of Signatures?

This is an ancient understanding.” It is believed that god created and marked everything with a sign or signature for their purpose. According to the Doctrine of Signatures, physical characteristics of plants (including, shape, color, texture, and smell) reveal their therapeutic value on overall human health.

The evolution of the Doctrine of Signatures dates back to Hippocrates (father of modern medicine and two individuals named Dioscorides and Galen. (Greek physicians, father of Pharmacy, Master Herbalists)

Plants bearing parts that resembled human body-parts, animal, or other objects were thought to have relevance to healing and keeping the body healthy.

This understanding corresponds to foods we eat everyday and has maintained relevance sustained over time.

1. Carrots: A slice of carrot looks like the the human eye. The pupil, Iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye; and science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow and function of the eyes.

2. Celery: Celery looks like bones. This food specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and celery contains 23% sodium.

3. Kidney Beans: Kidney Beans and other beans actually help maintain kidney function and they look exactly like the human kidney.

4. Onion: Onions look like body cells. Present day research shows that onions actually help to clear waste materials from all of the body’s cells. Onions even produce tears which help to wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

5. Peanuts: Peanuts (containing Arginine a protein used in synthesis of other proteins) have a major effect on men’s sexuality.

6. Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance blood sugars and the glycemix index of diabetics.

7. Tomatoes: A tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red with four chambers. Research shows that tomatoes have an antioxidant called lycopene which protects the heart and is good for blood functions.

8. Walnuts A walnut looks like a little brain. We now know that walnuts help develop the connections in the brain called neurotransmitters.

Isn’t it incredible to think that this understanding which is even more complex than discussed here is being rediscovered in contemporary times and holds great value in the foundation of our use and understanding of nutrition, health and medicine today. Basic good nutrition predominantly plant based what the earth provides unadulterated without pesticides and preservatives, colorants and additives, grass fed animal proteins and seafood coming from clean water and natural habitats is what every human being should be demanding for our present and future health.

I am a personal chef who believes that quality in the nutrition we consume on a daily basis is a fundamental component for offsetting major disease, maintenance of the human body in the present and for optimal aging and longevity. The venues I use to purchase my clients food are the best sources society has to offer presently for fresh fruits and veggies, proteins both animal and vegetable, fats and carbohydrates. Organic nutrition which I highly encourage is the bulk of my purchases for clients.

I work with individuals who have many different health issues and who just want to feel better, lose some weight and have more energy!

I welcome you to visit my site, ask questions and enjoy a healthier lifestyle using quality of nutrition in your exploration towards better health.

Sue Clair/Personal Chef


1-C Richardson. British Homeopathic journal Volume88,Issue 4, October 1999,pgs. 172-

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