“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine
Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates, ancient Greek physician, termed “macrobiotics” as a way to live a long, healthy life. Other classical philosophers including Aristotle used the word “macrobiotics” as a system of living in harmony with Nature through a balanced diet for well being and longevity. In 1797, German physician and philosopher, Christoph W. Hufeland, M.D. wrote a book on health entitled, Macrobiotics: The Art of Prolonging Life. Principles of natural living and healing infuse the Bible, the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita, the Koran and many other scriptures.
In Japan during the late nineteenth century, macrobiotics experienced a Renaissance. “The Food Doctor,” Sagen Ishitsuka, M.D. cured his own illness and thousands of patients with a simple diet of brown rice, miso soup, sea vegetables, and healing foods. He inspired a young man, peace activist, Yukikaku Sakurazawa, to find natural healing through a healthy traditional diet as well. Sakurazawa traveled the world spreading macrobiotic philosophy. In Paris, he adopted the pen name of George Ohsawa and is known as the “Father of Modern Macrobiotics.”
George Ohsawa and his wife, Lima, inspired thousands of students worldwide to explore the infinite order of the universe and view life in the largest consciousness. They tirelessly incorporated in their teachings the theories of the world’s holistic healing methods, religions, and classical philosophy to create an integrated and powerful movement. Among George Ohsawa’s students are our respected, internationally renowned teachers and prolific authors: