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)
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)is a holistic system of medicine that is approximately 2500 years old. In TCM, an important guiding principle is “Yi bin tong zhi. Tong bing yi zhi.” This translates to “One disease, different treatments. Different diseases, one treatment.” So in TCM the treatment is based on pattern differentiation rather than disease. This makes sense since the disease is a manifestation of a patient’s unique pattern.
The treatment modalities in TCM can be grouped into three broad categories which are Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Lifestyle (which includes Qi Gong, Tai ji, dietary instructions, etc.).
Acupuncture can be considered a medicine of trajectory in which channels and points are selected based on the location of the disorder. So inserting thin acupuncture needles will affect the closed circulatory system which includes blood circulation, the nerve pathways, and fascial matrix. As a result blood circulation is normalized, nerve impulses are regulated, and the fascial matrix relaxes, reducing pain and tension in the body.
Herbal Medicine affects the internal physiology and pathology of a disorder. The appropriate formula is selected based on pattern differentiation. A skilled practitioner will determine the pattern using concise questioning, pulse diagnosis, as well as looking and listening to the patient. Just giving a formula to a patient just because they have a headache is no better than giving them an aspirin. It does not take into account the patient’s unique pattern that they are presenting with and ignores the guiding principle, “One disease, different treatments. Different diseases, one treatment.”
Christian Hoffert L.Ac.
Outside the world of Chinese Medicine, Christian enjoys hiking, trail running, reading, martial arts, and cooking.