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Food Energetics: Suggestions for Finding Harmony

Food Energetics: Suggestions for Finding Harmony

Hippocrates said, let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

At Primal, we believe every dog and cat deserves access to real food, raw meats, and fresh organic produce to fuel their bodies. When our company started in 2001, our founder Matt Koss worked closely with his holistic veterinarian to help heal his beautiful dog, Luna. Their partnership led to a level of understanding between two seemingly unrelated fields of chef and veterinarian. That partnership has kept us close with the holistic veterinary medical community for years, and we’re proud to print food energetics on every bag to help our veterinary friends treat their patients with the best medicine – food!

In traditional Eastern medicine, food energetics has been used for thousands of years to help achieve desired results, quite literally following Hippocrates’ wise advice.

The simplified explanation of food energetics is that the body, human or animal, responds to the digestion of foods both physically and energetically. Physically, it breaks down calories and absorbs nutrients. Energetically, the body responds to the wavelengths of each food item during that breakdown. Each food can have a cooling, warming, or neutral effect on the body’s energy or Qi.

Holistic and acupuncture veterinarians will often assess your pet’s Qi and prescribe specific herbs or supplements to address any imbalance. During and surrounding treatment, it’s important to choose foods to keep the balance stable during treatment or to manipulate it by offering more cooling or more warming foods to help create that balance.

We get asked a lot about the food energetics printed on the back of our bags. With the help of your veterinarian, follow our simple key below to give the power of food energetics a try with your pet! 

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Find a holistic veterinarian near you!

We have a list of Primal loving veterinarian’s right on our website! Use the filter to select “Holistic/Integrative” and enter your location.


Not one in your area on our list yet? Try this link for a comprehensive list from the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association: