In Chinese medicine the distinction between food and medicine is vague at best. There is a deep understanding that we literally are what we eat and that food can be healing, transforming both the form and function of our bodies, addressing many conditions from the inside out. In Chinese medicine there are four different characteristics to look at when it comes to food: quality, quantity, habit, and nature. Most of us are familiar with the idea that the quality and quantity of what we eat is important. However, many of us never think about our eating habits, which can have just as much of an effect on our health, or the medicinal nature of the many different types of foods that we eat. Ultimately, it is understood that there is no one diet that is right for every person and every condition, and that the more specific and individualized we can be about what we eat, the better.