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Mary Zhang, Chinese Medicine Clinic, Kansas City -- Mary Zhang, licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, Kansas City Missouri, understands the importance of balance and harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. The founder of Chinese Medicine Clinic, Inc., she considers herself a life coach for patients. --  Specializing in Infertility and other Reproductive Wellness with Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Licensed acupuncturist, received her medical degree from the Chinese Medicine University, Liaoning, China. Over the past fifteen years, Mary has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China, Germany and the United States in both hospital and clinic settings. She has taught classes and seminars in various hospitals and universities.


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Based on the principles of TCM, most importantly that of the "five element theory" and the principle of Yin and Yang, each food is characterized by its own unique flavor, energies and actions.  Chinese diet therapy regulates and treats the different organs of the body according to the properties of the food.

 

A list of Food Groups, desired results of those foods, their remedies and therapeutics are listed on this page:

 

Select and click below to view a specific food group: 
 


 Meats

  Dairy

►  Seafood

  Poultry    Eggs

 Grains       ► Nuts    Seeds

 
Legumes  
 


Fruits

      Warm natured fruit

      Neutral natured fruit

      Cool natured fruit

 

Vegetables

      Warm natured vegetables

      Neutral natured vegetables

      Cool natured vegetables

 

  Spices & Herbs


  Miscellaneous Foods
 

 


MEATS

 

Five Element Distinctions of Meat

  • Wood: chicken

  • Fire: lamb

  • Earth: cow

  • Metal: horse

  • Water: pig

 

 

Beef:

neutral, sweet, Sp & St Qi & Blood Tonic

Lamb:

warm, sweet, Sp, Ki, Qi Tonic, Warms Interior

Ham:

warm, salty, Sp Qi Tonic, Produces fluids, subdues Reb. Qi

Pork:

neutral, sweet & salty, Sp, St, Ki, Lubricates dryness (Ni: sl. cold)

 

 

DAIRY

Milk:

neutral, sweet, Ht, Lu, St, Lu & St tonic, produces fluids & lubricates the intestines

Butter:

warm, sweet, Yang, Qi & Blood tonic, circulates blood


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SEAFOOD

Shrimp:

warm, sweet, Kidney Yang tonic

Eel:

warm, sweet, Liv, Sp, Ki, Qi tonic, treats Bi syndrome, strengthens bone

Mussel:

warm, salty, Liv & Ki Qi tonic, treats simple goiter

Abalone:

neutral, sweet & salty, detoxifies, sharpens vision

Shark:

neutral, sweet & salty, Sp, Tonifies Qi, Blood, & Yin lubricates dryness, reduces swelling, tonifies 5 Zang

Carp:

neutral, sweet, Sp & St, facilitates water passage, promotes milk secretion, heals swelling

Cuttlefish:

neutral, salty, Liv & Ki, Blood tonic, sharpens vision

Oyster:

neutral, sweet & salty, Blood tonic

Oyster shell:

cool, salty, Liv & Ki, stops sweating, astringes Jing, softens hardness

Saltwater clam:

cold, salty, St, promotes water passage, eliminates phlegm, softens hardness

Freshwater clam:

cold, sweet & salty, Liv & Ki, detoxifies, sharpens vision

Crab:

cold, salty, Liv & St, activates blood, cools heat sensations facilitates recovery of dislocations

Kelp:

cold, salty, St, softens hardness, facilitates water passage

Seaweed:

cold, salty, softens hardness, eliminates phlegm, promotes water passage

 


 

POULTRY

Duck:

neutral, sweet & salty, Lu, Ki, Facilitates water passage, reduces, swellings

Chicken:

warm, sweet, Sp, St, Qi Tonic, Warms Interior


 


EGGS

Chicken egg:

neutral, sweet, Blood tonic, lubricates dryness

Egg white:

cool, sweet, detoxifies, lubricates Lu, cools hot sensations, benefits throat

Egg yolk:

neutral, sweet, Ht & Ki, blood tonic, lubricates dryness

Eggshell:

checks gastric acid, arrests bleeding


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GRAINS

 

Five Element Distinctions of Grains

  • Wood: wheat

  • Fire: corn

  • Earth: grain

  • Metal: rain

  • Water: bean

 

Glutinous rice:

warm, sweet, Sp, St, Lu, Sp Qi tonic

Malt:

sl. warm, sweet, Sp & St, promotes digestion

White rice:

neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Sp Qi tonic

Rice bran:

neutral, sweet & pungent, St, LI, descends energy

Rye:

neutral, bitter, dries dampness, diuretic

Whole wheat:

cool, sweet, Ht, Sp, Ki, Ht & Ki tonic

Wheat bran:

cool, sweet, St, cools St Fire,

Buckwheat:

cool, sweet, LI, St, Sp, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat sedates Yang,

Job's Tears:

cool, sweet, Sp, Lu Ki, detoxifies, Sp & Lu Qi tonic, diuretic

Barley:

cool, sweet & salty, Sp & St, regulates St, expands intestines, promotes urination

Millet:

cool, sweet & salty, St, Sp, Ki, Qi & Blood tonic, clears heat, lubricates dryness, Tonifies Yin, benefits digestion detoxifies


 


LEGUMES

Soybean Oil:

hot, pungent & sweet, lubricates intestines Sword bean: warm, sweet, Ki, St & LI: warms interior, tonifies Ki, descends Reb Qi.

String bean:

neutral, sweet, Sp & Ki, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic

Yellow soybean:

neutral, sweet, Sp & LI, Qi tonic, lubricates dryness, eliminates edema

Black soybean:

neutral, sweet, Sp & Ki, circulates Blood & fluids treats Bi syndrome, detoxifies

Corn:

neutral, sweet, LI & St, Qi & Blood tonic, diuretic

Hyacinth bean:

neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Qi tonic, eliminates edema

Broad bean:

neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Qi tonic, eliminates edema

Peas:

neutral, sweet, Sp & St, Qi & Blood tonic, descends Reb Qi, diuretic, induces bowel movements

Kidney bean:

neutral, sweet & bland, diuretic, heals swellings

Adzuki bean:

neutral, sweet & sour, Ht & SI, diuretic, heals swellings, detoxifies

Castor bean:

neutral, sweet & pungent, Lu & LI, detoxifies & heals swellings, induces bowel movements

Mung bean:

cool, sweet, Ht & St, detoxifies, clears heat, diuretic

Soybean:

cool, sweet, LI & Sp, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat, lubricates dryness, eliminates edema

Tofu:

cool, sweet, Sp, St, LI, Qi tonic, produces fluids, lubricates dryness, detoxifies

 

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NUTS

Walnut:

warm, sweet, Ki & Lu, Ki tonic, lubricates intestines, astringes Jing

Chestnut:

warm sweet, Sp, St & Ki tonic, circulates Blood & stops bleeding

Peanut:

neutral, sweet, Sp & Lu, Qi & Blood tonic, lubricates Lu, harmonizes stomach

Peanut Oil:

neutral, sweet, Qi & Blood tonic, lubricates intestines, pushes accumulations downward

Almond:

neutral, sweet, Lu, Qi & Blood tonic, lubricates Lu, relieves cough, transforms phlegm, lowers Reb Qi

 

 


SEEDS

Cottonseed:

hot, pungent, Sp & Ki, Sp & Ki tonic, arrests bleeding, stops Sp Qi sinking

Sunflower seed:

warm & neutral, sweet & bland, Liv & LI, stops diarrhea, facilitates eruption of measles, subdue Liv

Pinenut:

warm, sweet, Lu, LI & Liv, lubricates Lu & LI, stops cough, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, promotes fluids, moves Stagnant Blood, expels cold & wind

Dill seed:

warm, pungent, Sp & Ki, Qi & Yang tonic, moves Stagnant Blood, regulates Qi, expels cold

Fennel seed:

warm, pungent, St, UB & Ki, Qi & Yang tonic, moves Stagnant Blood, regulates Qi, expels cold, harmonizes St

Bitter apricot seed:

warm, pungent & bitter, toxic, Lu & LI, stops cough, relieves asthma, lubricates intestines

Sweet apricot seed:

warm, pungent & sweet, Lu, LI, Sp, Sp Qi tonic, lubricates intestines, stops cough

Sesame seed:

sl. warm, sweet, Liv & Ki tonic, lubricates intestines, "blackens" gray hair, general tonic

Black sesame seed:

neutral, sweet, Liv & Ki tonic

Cherry seed:

neutral, bitter & pungent, LI, promotes measle eruption, detoxifies

Lotus seed:

neutral, sweet & harsh, Sp, Ht & Ki tonic, Qi & Blood tonic, constricts the intestines

Sesame oil:

cool, sweet, St, detoxifies, lubricates dryness, promotes bowel movements, produces muscles

 

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FRUIT -- Warm

Guava:

warm, sweet, (St & LI) obstructive & constrictive, stops diarrhea & bleeding

Chinese Date
(red & black):

warm, sweet, Sp & St, Qi & Blood tonic, produces fluids, detoxifies,

Longan
(Long Yan/Dragon's Eyes):

warm, sweet, Sp & Ht, Yang, Qi & Blood tonic, removes Blood Stag., calms Shen

Coconut
milk & meat:

warm, sweet, produce fluids, promote urination, kills intestinal worms

Peach:

warm, sweet & sour, (Lu & LI), activates Blood, Qi, Blood & Yang tonic, produces fluid, lubricates intestines, stops cough, expels cold

Raspberry:

warm, sweet & sour, Liv & Ki, Liv & Ki tonic, controls urination, astringes Jing

Litchi:

warm, sweet & sour, Sp & Liv, Yang, Qi & Blood tonic, Regulates Qi & Blood, soothes Liv & calms Shen

Cherry:

warm, sweet & harsh: Qi, Yang, & Blood tonic, activates Qi & Blood, expels Cold, Wind, & Damp

Kumquat:

warm, pungent, sweet & sour, (Lu & Sp), circulates Qi, relieves cough, transforms Phlegm

Dried Mandarin
orange peel:

warm, pungent & bitter, Sp & Lu, regulates Qi, dries dampness, transforms Phlegm

Hawthorn Fruit:

sl. warm, sweet & sour, Sp, St & Liv, harmonizes Middle Jiao, removes Qi, Blood & Food Stagnation (esp. meat), expels tapeworms

 

 


FRUIT -- Neutral

Papaya:

neutral, sweet, (Sp, St, Lu & LI), promotes digestion, destroys intestinal worms, lubricates Lu, stops cough

Figs:

neutral, sweet, Sp & LI, St tonic, detoxifies

Grape:

neutral, sweet & sour, Lu, Sp & Ki, Qi & Blood tonic, strengthens tendons & bones, promotes urination

Crab apple:

neutral, sweet & sour, Ht, Liv & Lu, quenches thirst, stops diarrhea, astringes Jing

Olive:

neutral, sweet & sour, Lu & St, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Lu, benefits throat, produces fluids, detoxifies

Loquat:

neutral, (sweet & sl. bitter),(Lu, St & Liv), lubricates dryness, harmonizes St & soothes Liv, descends Reb. Qi, stops cough

Apricot:

neutral, sweet & sour, Lu, lubricates Lu, produces fluids

Pineapple:

neutral, sweet & sour, Qi & Blood tonic, promotes urination & digestion, quenches thirst, stops diarrhea, clears Summer Heat

Plum:

neutral, sweet & sour, Liv & Ki, produces fluids, promotes digestion & urination, soothes the Liv

Sour Plum:

neutral, ex. sour, Liv, produces fluids, destroys worms

 

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FRUIT -- Cool

Lemon:

cool, ex. sour, promotes fluids, harmonizes St, relieves thirst

Mango:

cool, sweet & sour, (St & Lu), Qi & Blood tonic, benefits St, relieves vomiting, quenches thirst, diuretic

Mandarin Orange:

cool, sweet & sour, (Lu), diuretic, lubricates Lu, relieves cough, transforms Phlegm

Apple:

cool, sweet & sour, Lu & St, produces fluids, lubricates Lu, promotes digestion, relieves intoxication

Strawberry:

cool, sweet & sour, Lu & Sp, lubricates Lu, produces fluids, detoxifies alcohol

Pear:

cool, sweet & sl. sour, Lu & St, produces fluids, lubricates dryness, transforms phlegm, clears Heat

Persimmon:

cold, sweet, Ht, SI, Lu (& Sp), Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, quenches thirst, lubricates Lu, benefits Sp, clears Heat

Watermelon:

cold, sweet, Ht, St & UB, promotes urination, lubricates intestines, quenches thirst, clears Summer Heat, detoxifies

Banana:

cold, sweet, lubricates intestine, detoxifies

Grapefruit:

cold, sweet & sour, (St & Sp) harmonizes Middle Jiao, circulates Qi, detoxifies alcohol.

Star Fruit (Carambola):

cold, sweet & sour, (St, Ki & UB) clears Heat, produces fluids, promotes urination(treats stone Lin), detoxifies

Muskmelon:

cold, sweet, Ht & St, clears Heat, quenches thirst, promotes urination,

 

 

 

VEGETABLES -- Warm

Leek:

warm, pungent, Liv & Lu, Qi & Yang tonic, regulates Qi, removes Blood Stagnation, expels Cold, sedates Yin, clears St Fire

Scallions:

warm, pungent, Lu & St, Assists Yang, tonifies & regulates Qi, clears Heat, sedates Yang, dries Damp, diuretic, removes Blood stagnation, expels Cold

Mustard Greens:

warm, pungent, Lu, Qi & Yang Tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, expels cold, sedates Yin, expands Lu, transforms Phlegm

Squash:

warm sweet, Sp & St, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Blood, heals inflammation, relieves pain

 

 


VEGETABLES -- Neutral

Chinese cabbage:

neutral, sweet, St & LI, promotes digestion & urination, tonifies Ki & Brain.

Carrot:

neutral, sweet, Lu & St, Sp Qi tonic, dries dampness & Phlegm

Corn:

neutral, sweet, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, regulates Middle Jiao stimulates appetite, diuretic

Black Fungus:

neutral, sweet, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, cools Blood, stops bleeding

White Fungus:

neutral, sweet, Lu, Yin tonic, produces fluids, lubricates Lu

Pumpkin:

neutral, sweet, (Lu & Sp), Qi & Blood tonic, dries Damp, diaphoretic

Potato:

neutral, sweet, Sp, Sp Qi tonic, heals inflammation

Sweet Potato:

neutral, sweet, Lu, Sp & Ki, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, benefits Kidneys, astringes Jing

Shiitake Mushroom:

neutral, sweet, St, Qi & Blood tonic, benefits St

Celery:

neutral, sweet bitter, St & Liv, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat, sedates Yang, dries Damp, calms Liver, expels Wind

Taro:

neutral, sweet & pungent, St & LI, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, clears Heat, reduces swellings

Turnip:

neutral, sweet, pungent, bitter, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, clears Heat & Yang, dries Damp, diaphoretic, lowers Reb. Qi, detoxifies Yin tonic, clears Heat & Fire, dries Damp, clears Lu, lubricates Dryness, diaphoretic

 

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VEGETABLES -- Cool

Alfalfa sprouts:

cool, bitter, St & Sp, benefits St & Sp, dispels Damp- ness, lubricates intestines

Asparagus:

cool, sweet & bitter, Lu & Ki, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, clears Heat & Fire, dries Damp, lubricates Dryness, clears Lu, diaphoretic

Lettuce
(Iceberg):

cool, bitter & sweet, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, dries Dampness & diuretic, aids lactation

Cucumber:

cool, sweet, Sp, St & LI, clears Heat Yang, & detoxifies, promotes urination & quenches thirst

Eggplant:

cool, sweet, Sp, St & LI, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, removes Blood Stagnation, relieves pain, heals swelling

Mushroom
(button):

cool, sweet, Lu, LI, St & Sp, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, calms Shen, stimulates appetite, regulates Qi, transforms Phlegm

Spinach:

cool, sweet, LI & SI, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, hemostatic, lubricates Dryness

Winter Melon:

cool, sweet, Lu, LI, UB, & SI, detoxifies, diuretic, transforms Phlegm

Swiss Chard:

cool, sweet, Su, LI, Sp & St, Qi Y Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, detoxifies, hemostatic, relieves coagulations

Watercress:

cool, sweet & pungent, Lu & St, Qi, Yang & Blood tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, clears Heat & Yang, lubricates Lu, quenches thirst, diuretic

Radish:

cool, pungent & sweet, Lu & St, Qi, & Blood tonic, clears Heat & detoxifies, transforms Phlegm-Heat, lowers Reb. Qi

Bamboo shoot:

cold, sweet, Tonifies Qi, Blood & Yin, clears Heat, detoxifies (often used to balance warm energy of meat)

Kelp:

cold, salty, St & Sp, Yin tonic, clears Heat, lubricates Dryness, softens Hardness, promotes flow of Water

Lotus Root:

cold, sweet, Sp St & Ht, Qi, Blood & Yin tonic, cools Blood (when raw), stimulates appetite, produces muscles, relieves diarrhea (when cooked)

Water Chestnut:

cold, sweet, Lu & St, clears heat, Yin tonic, trans- forms Phlegm, diuretic

Lettuce
(Romaine):

cold, bitter, LI & St, Qi & Blood tonic, clears Heat & Yang, dries Dampness, diuretic

 

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SPICES & HERBS

Dried Ginger:

hot, pungent, Lu, St & Sp, Yang & Qi tonic, circulates Blood, warms Middle Jiao, opens the meridians

Pepper
(black & white):

hot, pungent, St & LI, warms interior, descends Reb. Qi

Pepper
(red & green):

hot, pungent, Ht & Sp, warms interior, harmonizes Middle Jiao, stimulates appetite

Cinnamon Bark:

hot, sweet & pungent, Sp, Ki, UB, diaphoretic, strengthens St, warms surface & interior

Fennel seed:

warm, pungent, Ki, UB, St, Warms Interior, circulates Qi

Sweet Basil:

warm, pungent, Lu, LI, Sp, St, Qi & Yang tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, harmonizes St

Dill seed:

warm, pungent, Sp & Ki, Qi & Yang tonic, circulates Qi & Blood

Garlic:

warm, pungent, Sp, St & Lu, Qi & Yang tonic, circulates Qi & Blood, warms Middle Jiao, destroys worms

Clove:

warm, pungent, St, Sp & Ki, Yang tonic, warms Interior

Fresh Ginger:

warm, pungent, Lu, St & Sp, diaphoretic, Yang & Qi tonic, circulates Blood, transforms Phlegm, stops vomiting

Coriander:

warm pungent, Lu & Sp, diaphoretic, harmonizes Middle Jiao

Nutmeg:

warm pungent, Sp & LI, Qi & Yang tonic, warms Interior, circulates Blood, warms Middle Jiao, lowers Reb. Qi

Cinnamon Twig:

warm, pungent & sweet, UB, Ht, Lu, diaphoretic, warms Upper Jiao

Star Anise:

warm, pungent & sweet, Sp, Ki, Liv, Yang tonic, circulates Qi, harmonizes St, stops vomiting

Caraway Seed:

warm, sl. pungent, Ki & St, circulates Qi, descends Reb Qi

Spearmint:

warm, pungent & sweet, (Lu & Sp), diaphoretic, circulates Qi & Blood

Ginseng:

warm, sweet, & sl bitter, Sp, Lu (Ht), Qi tonic, produces fluids, calms Shen

Rosemary:

warm, pungent, (Lu, St), diaphoretic, activates Blood, strengthens St, calms Shen

Saffron:

neutral, sweet, Ht & Liv, circulates Qi & Blood, eliminates Blood Stagnation

Licorice:

neutral, sweet, Sp, St & Lu, lubricates lungs, detoxifies, moderates effects of other herbs

Peppermint:

cool, pungent, Lu & Liv, diaphoretic, regulates Qi & Blood

Marjoram:

cool, pungent, (Lu & Sp), diaphoretic, circulates Qi, drains dampness

 



Miscellaneous Foods

Brown sugar:

warm, sweet, Liv, Sp & St, Qi tonic, circulates blood

Vinegar:

warm, sour & bitter, Liv & St, disperses coagulations, detoxifies, arrest bleeding

Wine:

warm, sweet, bitter & pungent, Ht, Liv, Lu & St, promotes blood circulation, expels cold, speeds up effects of herbs

Coffee:

warm, sweet & bitter, Ht, Heart tonic, stimulant, diuretic

Molasses:

warm, sweet, Lu & Sp, Qi tonic, lubricates Lu, stops cough

White sugar:

neutral, sweet, Lu & Sp, lubricates Lu, produces fluids, Qi tonic

Honey:

neutral, sweet, Lu, Sp & LI, detoxifies, lubricates dryness, relieves pain

Tea:

sl cold, bitter, sweet, Ht, Lu & St, quenches thirst, promotes digestion & urination, awakens Shen

Salt:

cold, salty, St, Ki, SI & LI, detoxifies, clears Heat, lubricates dryness, Yin tonic

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