The Yin-Yang of a food isn’t just its nutrient value but also its “hot” and “cold” values of the food too that makes you feel better! Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), teaches that food also has a “hot” and “cold” feature for making us feel good, but this has nothing to do with temperature of the food.
Here’s why: According to TCM, each item of food has an energetic property of yin or yang. These are thought of as complimentary pairs that are constantly shifting in relationship to one another at either ends of the scale – night and day, lite and heavy, strong and weak. TCM believes that we absorb yin (cold) or yang (hot) energy from the foods we eat—and that medical conditions are manifestations of these yin-yang imbalances. The implications of this are that we can heal ourselves by correcting the imbalances by eating the appropriate yin-yang foods. The MyFaceMyLife team have delved into this approach to healing and come up with the following explanations:
The Hot and Cold of Food
The meaning of warm and cool foods has less to do with actual temperature, cooking temperature, spiciness or even individual ingredients because it has more to do with the food’s balance and contrast amongst the ingredients and the effect they have on the body when the food is ingested. TCM categorizes foods as cold, cooling, neutral, warming and hot. As explained earlier, yin is refers to cold foods and yang to hot foods.
Finding the Balance
The concept of yin and yang is an ancient philosophy introduced by Confucius in his five classic works, the I Ching. The philosophy states that imbalances in the life force (qi) cause illness and unhappiness. Hence, by adjusting your diet you can regain equilibrium.
Using yin-yang foods to gain equilibrium is not an exact science. There is no one percentage or quantity of yin-yang foods to eat. Instead, the patient is told to focus on mainly eating foods that support his yin/yang needs.
Common health conditions and their imbalances include…
Conditions that arise from too much cold (yin) in the body: Fatigue, depression, muscle ache, stuffy nose, cough with clear white phlegm, fluid retention.
Consume: Warm or hot foods that promote yang energy.
Conditions affected by too much heat (yang) in the body:
High blood pressure, skin rashes, hot flashes.
Consume: Cool or cold foods that promote yin energy.
Conditions that alternatively arise from too much cold or heat in the body: Constipation, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, headache.
Consume: Some conditions are helped by either eating hot or cold foods. Take constipation, for example. If you have yang-deficient constipation with wetter stools, then you may need to eat more yang foods. If you have dry, hard stools, then you have yin-deficient constipation and need more moisture/yin foods.
The treatment for these conditions depends on your own symptoms. A holistic doctor can help you determine whether you will be helped by the yin or yang foods.
Here are examples of yin-yang values of some foods…
You can balance the yin-yang property of your food by adding “cold” spices and foods to warm or hot foods and vice versa.
Yin foods (cold): Papaya, watermelon, grapefruit, tomatoes, asparagus, cucumbers, summer squash, romaine lettuce, seaweed, barley, tofu.
Yin foods (cooling): Apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, spinach, Swiss chard, celery, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame oil.
Yang foods (warming): Cherries, coconut, lemons, raspberries, cauliflower, mustard greens, onion, coffee, garlic, fresh ginger, chestnuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, chicken, shrimp, mussels, lobster, turkey, yogurt, butter.
Yang foods (hot): Cayenne pepper, dried ginger, soybean oil, cinnamon, black pepper, chili powder, horseradish, lamb, trout and whole green or red peppers.
Neutral foods: Neutral foods are believed to be nourishing to everyone—and don’t increase the yin or yang balance in the body. Neutral foods include apricots, figs, pineapple, beets, cabbage, carrots, olives, pumpkin, string beans, yams, eggs, oats, almonds, peas, peanuts, rice, beef, oysters, pork, whitefish, salmon, sardines, herring and saffron.
If you’re fascinated by these Chinese Yin-Yang foods balance to good health and whether it can help you, then speak to a holistic practitioner who can take you even further in identifying the foods that are healthful for you to eat to regain your balance.
What are your thoughts about the Yin-Yang foods TCM method? Have you tried this yourself? If so, let us know your experiences or leave a comment below. .
Source: Bottom Line.Publications
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