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)
Beets (Regulates Qi)
Chard (Clears heat)
Dandelion Greens (Clears heat, drains damp, clears damp heat)
Spinach (Nourish Yin, clear heat)
Watercress (Tonify Qi, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi, drains damp)
Broccoli (Clears damp heat)
Cabbage (Clears heat)
Radish (Drains damp, resolves phlegm, clears heat)
Bok choy (Drains damp)
Endive (Clears damp heat)
Grapefruit (Resolves phlegm, regulates Qi)
Kiwi (Astringes Yin)
Lettuce (Clears heat, drains damp, regulates Qi)
Olives (Clears damp heat)
Kumquats (Regulates Qi, drains damp)
Mandarins (Clears heat, drains damp)
Bell pepper (Dispels cold)
Eggplant (Clears heat)
Leeks (Regulates Qi, dispels cold)
Lemon/Lime (Regulates Qi, clears heat, resolves phlegm)
Onion (Dispels cold, drains damp, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi)
Turnip (Regulates Qi, resolves phlegm, drain damp, clear heat)
Avocado (Tonify Blood)
Banana (Clears heat)
Mango (Clears heat, regulates Qi, drains damp)
Orange (Regulates Qi)
Pomegranate (Clears heat)
Garlic (Drain damp, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi, dispels wind-cold)
Scallions (Circulates blood, dispels cold, drains damp)
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.
Christian Hoffert L.Ac.
Outside the world of Chinese Medicine, Christian enjoys hiking, trail running, reading, martial arts, and cooking.