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    Eating to suit your Chinese diagnosis

    If you have been given a TCM diagnosis from an Oriental doctor and you are not sure how to adjust your diet to help the healing process, here is a short list of food categories relating to the different conditions.

    Qi tonics for rebuilding qi when there is a deficiency

    to tonify yin: soups, casseroles, congees, barley, wheat, rice, quinoa, amaranth, seaweeds, micro-algae (especially chlorella and spirulina), tofu, black beans, kidney beans, mung beans (and their sprouts), milk, yogurt, cheese, chicken, egg, clams, sardines, beef, pork, grapes, bananas, watermelon, beets, string beans

    to tonify yang: chicken, beef, lamb, cherries, dates, oats, spelt, quinoa, walnuts, fennel, sweet brown rice, parsley, mustard greens, winter squash, cabbage, kale, onion, leeks, garlic, beans cooked with ginger

    Blood tonics: micro-algae, sprouts, leafy greens, seaweed, spirulina, royal jelly, beef, lamb, or chicken livers

    To clear stagnation in

    qi: rosemary, garlic, onions, leeks, ginger, black pepper, hot peppers, cayenne, fennel, mustard greens, horseradish, basil, nutmeg, peppermint, marjoram, radishes, turnips

    blood: turmeric, nutmeg, spearmint, garlic, vinegar, basil, ginger,, rosemary, eggplant, aduki beans, sweet rice, butter

    To eliminate wind

    wind-cold: oats, shrimp, ginger

    wind-hot: celery, strawberries, peppermint

    To eliminate dryness: soy, spinach, asparagus, millet, barley, salt, seaweed, apples, pears, honey

    To eliminate dampness: lettuce, celery, turnips, rye, amaranth, aduki beans, wild blue-green micro-algae, asparagus, alfalfa, pumpkin, vinegar, papaya.

    In general, cooling foods will reduce symptoms of heat and warming foods will reduce symptoms of cold.

    For a detailed list of the properties of food see Paul Pitchford’s book Healing with Whole Foods
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