Diet, Harmonizing Yin & Yang

I am very cautious about consuming supplements and  recommending eczema diet, as I believe, food we eat every day affects our body’s balance. I noticed that many diseases are caused, or made worse by eating the wrong foods,  even with the quality supplements. Therefore it is important to know your own body’s constitution aka internal terrain so you can find out what foods are best for you before embarking in natural treatments.

Ying & Yang is the most fundamental concepts in Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM), as it is the foundation of diagnosis and treatments.

It is also important to know about the energies of food because different energies act upon the human body in different ways and affect our state of health. If a person suffers from cold rheumatism and the pain is particularly severe on cold days, eating foods with a warm or hot energy shall relieve the pain considerably. Or if a person suffers from skin eruptions that worsen when exposed to heat, it is beneficial to eat food with a cold or cool energy to relieve symptoms.

To seek a balance in diet, we can define food as predominantly yin (cold) or yang (hot). If you eat predominantly yin (cold) foods, your body will be capable of producing only yin (cold) energy – darker, slower-moving and colder. In contrast, eating predominantly yang (warm) foods produces yang(warm) energy – faster, hotter and more energetic.

There are 4 different situations & energies:

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The Movement of Foods

Applying 4 different situations & energies. TCM has classified the movements of foods into four aspects  to fine tune our decision what food to eat.

Food acts on the body through specialised movements. Depending on the properties of food, food moves in different regions within the body and can drive qi (vital energy) in the same direction as well. TCM claims that disease is caused when any of the external or exogenous evils exert too much influence on our body, foods that have specialised movements can be used to counter these evils. For example, when a person suffers from mild flu (which caused by exogenous wind invasion), foods with a floating action such as green onion and fresh ginger can expel the evils out of the body.

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If you have any of the symptoms listed below,  the following effects of foods (Namely 3 types) are suitable to be eaten.

1) Effects of cooling foods 

Cooling food has effects of clearing heat and toxins, cooling and calming the blood and nourishing yin. These types of food are suitable for people who have heat constitution of the body. Usually these people have the following symptoms: The body feeling hot, perspiration, thirst, constipation, pungent odorous wind and stools, burning of the anus area after bowel movement, anxiety, red eyes, red face, emotional, head aches, vivid dreams, ulcers in the mouth or tongue, cold sores around the mouth, red tongue with a thick yellow coating on the tongue, rapid pulse, heart burn and dark or yellow urine.

2) Effects of warming foods

Warming foods have the effects of raising the yang, energy (qi) of organs and warming and improving the circulation and dispelling the cold. These types of food are suitable for people who are yang deficient. Usually with the following symptoms; cold hand, cold feet, cold body, diarrhea, stomach pains or discomfort after eating or drinking cold things, bloating after eating, lack of energy, sore joints,  and fluid retention.

3) Foods which are neither warm nor cold, and are suitable for any type of body. 

This is best bet foods that will not cause significant disruptions to your inner terrain while providing the right nutrients to complement the desire Ying & Yang balancing.

Link to the list of foods based on the 3 different effects of foods.

Hope above informations provide an idea of your inner terrain and how consuming the right foods speed up your recovery in any protocols. It is best to seek help with a TCM practitioners to understand your body constitution prior to any protocols.

 

 

 

Reference:  Chinese System of Food Cures Prevention & Remedies by Henry C. Lu.Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 1986.

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