Thanksgiving, a time for watching football and feasting with family and friends. Unfortunately the feasting part while very delicious can contribute to bloating, distention, and lethargy. Like football, supporting healthy digestion requires a good defense and a good offense.
Note: This article is for informational use only and should not be a replacement for qualified medical advice.
Information Sourced from:
Kastner, J. (2009). Chinese nutrition therapy: Dietetics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (2nd ed.). Stuttgart: Thieme.
Leggett, D. (1997). Helping ourselves a guide to traditional Chinese medicine. (3rd ed.). Totnes, England: Meridian Press.
Carrots (Regulate Qi, clears damp heat)
Green beans (Tonify Blood)
Pumpkin (Circulates Blood, dispel cold, drains damp, resolves phlegm)
Grapes (Tonify Blood, drain damp)
Artichoke (Nourish Yin, regulates Qi, drains damp, clears damp heat)
Beet (Regulates Qi)
Chard (Clears heat)
Spinach (Nourish Yin, clear heat)
Broccoli (Clears damp heat)
Cabbage (Clears heat)
Radish (Drains damp, resolves phlegm, clears heat)
Celery (Regulates Qi)
Endive (Clears damp heat)
Grapefruit (Resolves phlegm, regulates Qi)
Kiwi (Astringes Yin)
Lettuce (Clears heat, drains damp, regulates Qi)
Zucchini (Tonify Qi)
Mandarins (Clears heat, drains damp)
Bell pepper (Dispels cold)
Eggplant (Clears heat)
Leek (Regulates Qi, dispels cold)
Lemon (Regulates Qi, clears heat, resolves phlegm)
Onion (Dispels cold, drains damp, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi)
Turnip (Regulates Qi, resolves phlegm, drain damp, clear heat)
Apple (Tonify Qi, clear heat)
Avocado (Tonify Blood)
Banana (Clears heat)
Mango (Clears heat, regulates Qi, drains damp)
Orange (Regulates Qi)
Pear (Clears heat, resolves phlegm)
Peas (Drain damp)
Persimmon (Clears heat, resolves phlegm)
Pomegranate (Clears heat)
Tomato (Clears heat)
Garlic (Drain damp, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi, dispels wind-cold)
Christian Hoffert L.Ac.
Outside the world of Chinese Medicine, Christian enjoys hiking, trail running, reading, martial arts, and cooking.