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Chinese Dietary Therapy Effects of Foods


 

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Improve Qi circulation

Basil, Caraway, Cardamom, Carrot, Cayenne, Chive, Coriander, Dill seed, Garlic, Marjoram, Mustard leaf, Orange peel, Radish, Star Anise, Tangerine Peel, Turmeric.

Improve blood circulation

Anasake, Aubergine, Brown sugar, Chestnut, Chilli powder, Chive, Crab, Hawthorn berry, Mustard leaf, onion, Peach, Scallion, Sturgeon, Vinegar.

Cooling Heat

Asparagus, Aubergine, Bamboo shoots, Banana, Chicken egg white, Clam, Elderflower, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lettuce, Millet, Mungbeans, Mungbean sprouts, Peppermint, Potato, Salt, Tofu, Watermelon, Wheat berries

Warming Cold

Anchovies, Basil, Bay, Black pepper, Cayenne, Cherry, Chestnut, Chicken, Coriander seed, Dill seed, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Kohlrabi, Lamb, Kidney, Leek, Muscle, Mustard leaf, mutton, Nutmeg, onion, Peach, Pine kernel, Rosemary, Scallion, Shrimp-, Squash, Sweet potato, Sweet rice, Trout, Turnip, Umeboshi plum.

Drying Dampness

Adzuki bean, Alfalfa, Anchovies, Barley, Celery, Corn, Daikon, Garlic, Green tea, horseradish, Jasmine tea, Job's tears, Kidney beans, Kohlrabi, Lemon, Mackerel, Marjoram, Mushroom, Mustard leaf, Onion, Parsley, Pumpkin, Radish, Rye, Scallion, Turnip, Umeboshi plum.

Draining Water

Adzuki bean, Alfalfa, Anchovies, Barley, Black soy beans, Broad beans, Celery, Clam, Fenugreek, Frog, Grape, Job's tears, Kelp, Lettuce, Mackerel, Sardines, Seaweed.

Resolving Phlegm

Almond, Apple peel, Clam, Daikon, Garlic, Grapefruit, Lemon peel, Liquorice, Marjoram, Mushroom, Mustard seeds, Olive, Onion, Orange peel, Pear, Black and white pepper, Peppermint, Persimmons, Plantain, Radish, Seaweed, Shitake, Shrimp, Tea, Thyme, Watercress.

Tonifying Qi

Beef, Cherry, Chicken, Coconut, Date, eel, Ginseng, Goose, Grape, Ham, Herring, Lentil, Liquorice, longan, Mackerel, Micro-algae, Molasses, Oats, Octopus, Potato, Rabbit, Rice, Royal jelly, Sweet potato, Shitake, Squash, Sturgeon, Tofu and Yam.

 

 

Carina is available to lecture for your group or institution on this subject

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. is a practitioner of 11 years, complementary medicine lecturer of 4 years and mother of six in Galway, Ireland who practices what she teaches.

For an appointment call Carina directly on 083 34 66 333.

All products are available through www.carahealth.ie. Remember, we are here for a good time not a long time, enjoy your food life!

Carahealth Galway, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Nutritional therapy, Flower essences, Iridology, Short Courses, Cosmetic Acupuncture

Chinese Dietary Therapy

Meat

Beef

Neutral, sweet, Sp & St Qi & Blood tonic.

Lamb

Warm, sweet, Sp, Ki, Qi Tonic, and warms interior.

Ham

Warm, salty, Sp Qi Tonic, generates fluids, subdues rebellious stomach Qi.

Pork

Neutral to slightly cold, sweet & salty, Sp, St, Ki, lubricates dryness.

Poultry

Duck

Neutral, sweet & salty, Lu, Ki, facilitates water passage, reduces, swellings.

Chicken

Warm, sweet, Sp, St, Qi Tonic, warms Interior.

Neutral, sweet, Sp & St, facilitates water passage, promotes milk secretion, heals swelling.

Dairy

Butter

Warm, sweet, Yang, Qi & Blood tonic, circulates blood.

Milk

Neutral, sweet, Ht, Lu, St, Lu & Sp tonic, generates fluids & lubricates the intestines.

Yoghurt

Cooling, sweet, Ht, Lu, St, Lu and Sp tonic, produces fluids & lubricates the intestines.

Seafood

Abalone

Neutral, sweet & salty, detoxifies, sharpens vision.

Carp

Cuttlefish

Neutral, salty, Liv & Ki, Blood tonic, sharpens vision. Crab Cold, salty, Liv & St, activates blood, cools heat sensations facilitates recovery of dislocations.

Eel

Warm, sweet, Liv, Sp, Ki, Qi tonic, treats Bi syndrome, strengthens bone.

Freshwater clam

Cold, sweet & salty, Liv & Ki, detoxifies, sharpens vision. Kelp Cold, salty, St, softens hardness, facilitates water passage.

Mussel

Warm, salty, Liv & Ki Qi tonic, treats simple goiter.

Oyster

Neutral, sweet & salty, Blood tonic. Oyster shell Cool, salty, Liv & Ki, stops sweating, astringes Jing, softens hardness.

Saltwater clam

Cold, salty, St, promotes water passage, eliminates phlegm, softens hardness.

Seaweed

Cold, salty, softens hardness, eliminates phlegm, promotes water passage.

Shark

Neutral, sweet & salty, Sp, tonifies Qi, Blood, & Yin lubricates dryness, reduces swelling, tonifies 5 Zang.

Shrimp

Warm, sweet, Kidney Yang tonic.

Eggs

Chicken egg

Neutral, sweet, Blood tonic, lubricates dryness.

Egg white

Cool, sweet, detoxifies, lubricates Lu, cools hot sensations, benefits throat.

Egg yolk

Neutral, sweet, Ht & Ki, blood tonic, lubricates dryness.

Eggshell

Checks gastric acid, arrests bleeding.

Grains

Glutinous rice

Warm, sweet, Sp, St, Lu, Sp Qi tonic.

Malt

Slightly warm, sweet, Sp & St, promotes digestion.

White rice

Neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Sp Qi tonic.

Rice bran

Neutral, sweet & pungent, St, LI, descends energy.

Rye

Neutral, bitter, dries dampness, diuretic.

Whole wheat

Cool, sweet, Ht, Sp, Ki, Ht & Ki tonic.

Wheat bran

Cool, sweet, St, cools St Fire.

Buckwheat

Cool, sweet, LI, St, Sp, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat sedates Yang.

Job's Tears (Asian grain)

Cool, sweet, Sp, Lu Ki, detoxifies, Sp & Lu Qi tonic, diuretic.

Barley

Cool, sweet & salty, Sp & St, regulates St, expands intestines, promotes urination.

Millet

Cool, sweet & salty, St, Sp, Ki, Qi & Blood tonic, clears heat, lubricates dryness, tonifies Yin, benefits digestion detoxifying.

Legumes

Soybean

Oil Hot, pungent & sweet, lubricates intestines

String bean

Neutral, sweet, Sp & Ki, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic.

Yellow soybean

Neutral, sweet, Sp & LI, Qi tonic, lubricates dryness, eliminates oedema.

Black soybean

Neutral, sweet, Sp & Ki, circulates Blood & fluids treats Bi syndrome, detoxifies.

Corn

Neutral, sweet, LI & St, Qi & Blood tonic, diuretic Hyacinth bean Neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Qi tonic, eliminates oedema.

Broad bean

Neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Qi tonic, eliminates oedema.

Peas

Neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Qi & Blood tonic, descends rebellious stomach Qi, diuretic, induces bowel movements.

Kidney bean

Neutral, sweet & bland, diuretic, heals swellings. Adzuki bean Neutral, sweet & sour, Ht & SI, diuretic, heals swellings, detoxifying.

Castor bean

Neutral, sweet & pungent, Lu & LI, detoxifies & heals swellings, induces bowel movement.

Mung bean

Cool, sweet, Ht & St, detoxifies, clears heat, diuretic.

Soybean

Cool, sweet, LI & Sp, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat, lubricates dryness, eliminates oedema.

Tofu

Cool, sweet, Sp, St, LI, Qi tonic, produces fluids, lubricates dryness, detoxifying.

Nuts

Almond

Neutral, sweet, Lu, Qi & Blood tonic, lubricates Lu, relieves cough, transforms phlegm, sedates rebellious Qi.

Chestnut

Warm sweet, Sp, St & Ki tonic, circulates Blood & stops bleeding

Peanut

Neutral, sweet, Sp & Lu, Qi & Blood tonic, lubricates Lu, harmonises stomach

Peanut Oil

Neutral, sweet, Qi & Blood tonic, lubricates intestines, pushes accumulations downward

Walnut

Warm, sweet, Ki & Lu, Ki tonic, lubricates intestines, astringes Jing.

Seeds

Bitter apricot seed

Warm, pungent & bitter, toxic, Lu & LI, stops cough, relieves asthma, lubricates intestines.

Black sesame seed

Neutral, sweet, Liv & Ki tonic. Lubricates intestines, "blackens" grey hair, general tonic.

Cherry seed

Neutral, bitter & pungent, LI, promotes the rash, detoxifying.

Cottonseed

Hot, pungent, Sp & Ki, Sp & Ki tonic, arrests bleeding, prevents Sp Qi sinking.

Dill seed

Warm, pungent, Sp & Ki, Qi & Yang tonic, moves stagnant Blood, regulates Qi, expels cold.

Fennel seed

Warm, pungent, St, UB & Ki, Qi & Yang tonic, moves stagnant Blood, regulates Qi, expels cold, harmonises St.

Lotus seed

Neutral, sweet & harsh, Sp, Ht & Ki tonic, Qi & Blood tonic, constricts the intestines.

Pinenut

Warm, sweet, Lu, LI & Liv, lubricates Lu & LI, stops cough, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, promotes fluids, moves Stagnant Blood, expels cold & wind.

Sweet apricot seed

Warm, pungent & sweet, Lu, LI, Sp, Sp Qi tonic, lubricates intestines, stops cough.

Sesame seed

Slightly. warm, sweet, Liv & Ki tonic. Sunflower seed Warm & neutral, sweet & bland, Liv & LI, stops diarrhoea, facilitates eruption of measles, subdues the Liver.

Sesame oil

Cool, sweet, St, detoxifies, lubricates dryness, promotes bowel movements, produces muscles.

Fruit -Warm

Chinese Date (red & black)

Warm, sweet, Sp & St, Qi & Blood tonic, produces fluids, detoxifies.

Coconut milk & meat

Warm, sweet, produce fluids, promote urination, kills intestinal worms.

Cherry

Warm, sweet & harsh. Qi, Yang, & Blood tonic, activates Qi & Blood, expels Cold, Wind, & Damp.

Dried Mandarin / Orange peel

Warm, pungent & bitter, Sp & Lu, regulates Qi, dries dampness, transforms Phlegm.

Guava

Warm, sweet, (St & LI) obstructive & constrictive, stops diarrhoea & bleeding.

Hawthorn Fruit

Slightly warm, sweet & sour, Sp, St & Liv, harmonises Middle Jiao, removes Qi, Blood & Food Stagnation (esp. meat), expels tapeworms.

Kumquat

Warm, pungent, sweet & sour, (Lu & Sp), circulates Qi, relieves cough, transforms Phlegm.

Longan (Long Yan/Dragon's Eyes)

Warm, sweet, Sp & Ht, Yang, Qi & Blood tonic, removes Blood stagnation, calms Shen.

Peach

Warm, sweet & sour, (Lu & LI), activates Blood, Qi, Blood & Yang tonic, produces fluid, lubricates intestines, stops cough, expels cold.

Raspberry

Warm, sweet & sour, Liv & Ki, Liv & Ki tonic, controls urination, astringes Jing.

Litchi

Warm, sweet & sour, Sp & Liv, Yang, Qi & Blood tonic, Regulates Qi & Blood, soothes Liver & calms Shen.

Papaya

Neutral, sweet, (Sp, St, Lu & LI), promotes digestion, destroys intestinal worms, lubricates Lu, stops cough.

Figs

Neutral, sweet, Sp & LI, St tonic, detoxifying. Grape Neutral, sweet & sour, Lu, Sp & Ki, Qi & Blood tonic, strengthens tendons & bones, promotes urination.

Crab apple

Neutral, sweet & sour, Ht, Liv & Lu, quenches thirst, stops diarrhoea, astringes Jing.

Olive

Neutral, sweet & sour, Lu & St, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Lu, benefits throat, produces fluids, detoxifying.

Loquat

Neutral, (sweet & slightly. bitter),(Lu, St & Liv), lubricates dryness, harmonizes St & soothes Liver Qi, descends rebellious Qi, stops cough.

Apricot

Neutral, sweet & sour, Lu, lubricates Lu, produces fluids. Pineapple Neutral, sweet & sour, Qi & Blood tonic, promotes urination & digestion, quenches thirst, stops diarrhoea, clears Summer Heat.

Plum

Neutral, sweet & sour, Liv & Ki, produces fluids, promotes digestion & urination, soothes the Liver.

Sour Plum

Neutral, sour, Liver, produces fluids, destroys worms.

Fruit - Cool

Lemon

Cool, sour, promotes fluids, harmonises St, relieves thirst.

Mango

Cool, sweet & sour, (St & Lu), Qi & Blood tonic, benefits St, relieves vomiting, quenches thirst, diuretic.

Mandarin Orange

Cool, sweet & sour, (Lu), diuretic, lubricates Lu, relieves cough, transforms Phlegm.

Apple

Cool, sweet & sour, Lu & St, produces fluids, lubricates Lu, promotes digestion, relieves intoxication.

Strawberry

Cool, sweet & sour, Lu & Sp, lubricates Lu, produces fluids, detoxifies alcohol.

Pear

Cool, sweet & slightly sour, Lu & St, produces fluids, lubricates dryness, transforms phlegm, clears Heat.

Persimmon

Cold, sweet, Ht, SI, Lu (& Sp), Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, quenches thirst, lubricates Lu, benefits Sp, clears Heat.

Watermelon

Cold, sweet, Ht, St & UB, promotes urination, lubricates intestines, quenches thirst, clears Summer Heat, detoxifying.

Banana

Cold, sweet, lubricates intestine, detoxifying. Grapefruit Cold, sweet & sour, (St & Sp) harmonizes Middle Jiao, circulates Qi, detoxifies alcohol.

Star Fruit (Carambola)

Cold, sweet & sour, (St, Ki & UB) clears Heat, produces fluids, promotes urination (treats stone Lin), detoxifying.

Muskmelon

Cold, sweet, Ht & St, clears Heat, quenches thirst, promotes urination.

Vegetables - Warm

Leek

Warm, pungent, Liv & Lu, Qi & Yang tonic, regulates Qi, removes Blood Stagnation, expels Cold, sedates Yin, clears St Fire.

Scallions

Warm, pungent, Lu & St, Assists Yang, tonifies & regulates Qi, clears Heat, sedates Yang, dries Damp, diuretic, removes Blood stagnation, expels Cold.

Mustard Greens

Warm, pungent, Lu, Qi & Yang Tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, expels cold, sedates Yin, expands Lu, transforms Phlegm.

Squash

Warm sweet, Sp & St, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Blood, heals inflammation, relieves pain.

Vegetables - Neutral

Chinese cabbage Neutral, sweet, St & LI, promotes digestion & urination, tonifies Ki & Brain.

Carrot

Neutral, sweet, Lu & St, Sp Qi tonic, dries dampness & Phlegm.

Corn

Neutral, sweet, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, regulates Middle Jiao stimulates appetite, diuretic.

Black Fungus

Neutral, sweet, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, cools Blood, stops bleeding.

White Fungus

Neutral, sweet, Lu, Yin tonic, produces fluids, lubricates Lu.

Pumpkin

Neutral, sweet, (Lu & Sp), Qi & Blood tonic, dries Damp, diaphoretic.

Potato

Neutral, sweet, Sp, Sp Qi tonic, heals inflammation.

Sweet Potato

Neutral, sweet, Lu, Sp & Ki, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, benefits Kidneys, astringes Jing

Shiitake Mushroom

Neutral, sweet, St, Qi & Blood tonic, benefits St. Celery Neutral, sweet bitter, St & Liv, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat, sedates Yang, dries Damp, calms Liver, expels Wind.

Taro

Neutral, sweet & pungent, St & LI, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, clears Heat, reduces swellings.

Turnip

Neutral, sweet, pungent, bitter, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, clears Heat & Yang, dries Damp, diaphoretic, lowers Reb. Qi, detoxifies Yin tonic, clears Heat & Fire, dries Damp, clears Lu, lubricates Dryness, diaphoretic.

Vegetables - Cool

Alfalfa sprouts

Cool, bitter, St & Sp, benefits St & Sp, dispels Damp- ness, lubricates intestines.

Asparagus

Cool, sweet & bitter, Lu & Ki, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, clears Heat & Fire, dries Damp, lubricates Dryness, clears Lu, diaphoretic.

Lettuce (Iceberg)

Cool, bitter & sweet, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, dries Dampness & diuretic, promotes lactation.

Cucumber

Cool, sweet, Sp, St & LI, clears Heat Yang, & detoxifies, promotes urination & quenches thirst.

Eggplant

Cool, sweet, Sp, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, removes Blood Stagnation, relieves pain, heals swelling.

Mushroom (button)

Cool, sweet, Lu, LI, St & Sp, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, calms Shen, stimulates appetite, regulates Qi, transforms Phlegm.

Spinach

Cool, sweet, LI & SI, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, haemostatic, lubricates Dryness.

Winter Melon

Cool, sweet, Lu, LI, UB, & SI, detoxifies, diuretic, transforms Phlegm.

Swiss Chard

cool, sweet, Su, LI, Sp & St, Qi Y Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, detoxifies, haemostatic, relieves coagulations.

Watercress

Cool, sweet & pungent, Lu & St, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, clears Heat & Yang, lubricates Lu, quenches thirst, diuretic.

Radish

Cool, pungent & sweet, Lu & St, Qi, & Blood tonic, clears Heat & detoxifies, transforms Phlegm-Heat, lowers rebellious Qi.

Bamboo shoot

Cold, sweet, Tonifies Qi, Blood & Yin, clears Heat, detoxifies (often used to balance warm energy of meat).

Kelp

Cold, salty, St & Sp, Yin tonic, clears Heat, lubricates Dryness, softens Hardness, promotes flow of Water.

Lotus Root

Cold, sweet, Sp St & Ht, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, cools Blood (when raw), stimulates appetite, produces muscles, relieves diarrhoea (when cooked).

Water Chestnut

Cold, sweet, Lu & St, clears heat, Yin tonic, trans- forms Phlegm, diuretic.

Lettuce (Romaine)

Cold, bitter, LI & St, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, dries Dampness, diuretic.

Herbs and Spices

Dried Ginger

Hot, pungent, Lu, St & Sp, Yang & Qi tonic, circulates Blood, warms Middle Jiao, opens the meridians.

Pepper (black & white)

Hot, pungent, St & LI, warms interior, descends Rebellious Qi. Pepper (red & green) Hot, pungent, Ht & Sp, warms interior, harmonises Middle Jiao, stimulates appetite.

Cinnamon Bark

Hot, sweet & pungent, Sp, Ki, UB, diaphoretic, strengthens St, warms surface & interior.

Clove

Warm, pungent, St, Sp & Ki, Yang tonic, warms Interior.

Coriander

Warm pungent, Lu & Sp, diaphoretic, harmonises Middle Jiao.

Cinnamon Twig

Warm, pungent & sweet, UB, Ht, Lu, diaphoretic, warms Upper Jiao.

Dill seed

Warm, pungent, Sp & Ki, Qi & Yang tonic, circulates Qi & Blood. Fennel seed Warm, pungent, Ki, UB, St, Warms Interior, circulates Qi.

Fresh Ginger

Warm, pungent, Lu, St & Sp, diaphoretic, Yang & Qi tonic, circulates Blood, transforms Phlegm, stops vomiting

Garlic

Warm, pungent, Sp, St & Lu, Qi & Yang tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, warms Middle Jiao, destroys worms.

Nutmeg

Warm pungent, Sp & LI, Qi & Yang tonic, warms Interior, circulates Blood, warms Middle Jiao, lowers rebellious Qi

Sweet Basil

Warm, pungent, Lu, LI, Sp, St, Qi & Yang tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, harmonises St.

Star Anise

Warm, pungent & sweet, Sp, Ki, Liv, Yang tonic, circulates Qi, harmonizes St, stops vomiting.

Caraway Seed

Warm, slightly pungent, Ki & St, circulates Qi, descends rebellious Qi.

Spearmint

Warm, pungent & sweet, (Lu & Sp), diaphoretic, circulates Qi & Blood

Ginseng

Warm, sweet, & sl bitter, Sp, Lu (Ht), Qi tonic, produces fluids, calms Shen.

Rosemary

Warm, pungent, (Lu, St), diaphoretic, activates Blood, strengthens St, calms Shen

Saffron

Neutral, sweet, Ht & Liv, circulates Qi & Blood, eliminates Blood Stagnation.

Liquorice

Neutral, sweet, Sp, St & Lu, lubricates lungs, detoxifies, moderates effects of other herbs

Peppermint

Cool, pungent, Lu & Liv, diaphoretic, regulates Qi & Blood

Marjoram

Cool, pungent, (Lu & Sp), diaphoretic, circulates Qi, drains dampness.

Miscellaneous Foods

Brown sugar

Warm, sweet, Liv, Sp & St, Qi tonic, circulates blood. Vinegar Warm, sour & bitter, Liv & St, disperses coagulations, detoxifies, arrest bleeding.

Wine

Warm, sweet, bitter & pungent, Ht, Liv, Lu & St, promotes blood circulation, expels cold, speeds up effects of herbs.

Coffee

Warm, sweet & bitter, Ht, Heart tonic, stimulant, diuretic.

Molasses

Warm, sweet, Lu & Sp, Qi tonic, lubricates Lu, stops cough.

White sugar

Neutral, sweet, Lu & Sp, lubricates Lu, produces fluids, Qi tonic.

Honey

Neutral, sweet, Lu, Sp & LI, detoxifies, lubricates dryness, relieves pain.

Tea

Slightly cold, bitter, sweet, Ht, Lu & St, quenches thirst, promotes digestion & urination, awakens Shen. Salt Cold, salty, St, Ki, SI & LI, detoxifies, clears Heat, lubricates dryness, Yin tonic.

 

Carina is available to lecture for your group or institution on this subject.

Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu. is a practitioner of 11 years, complementary medicine lecturer of 4 years and mother of six in Galway, Ireland who practices what she teaches.

For an appointment call Carina directly on 083 34 66 333.

All products are available through www.carahealth.ie. Remember, we are here for a good time not a long time, enjoy your food life!

Carahealth Galway, Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Nutritional therapy, Flower essences, Iridology, Short Courses, Cosmetic Acupuncture

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