TCM Yin Yang Heaty and Cool Food

TCM Yin Yang Heaty and Cool Food

Heaty food will give use Yang energy when eaten. This kind of food cause us to feel... well, heaty! Having too much heaty food will create these problems:

• Short temper
• Rashes
• Mouth ulcers
• Feelings of irritability
• Flushed face or pinkish cheeks
• Dark yellow urine
• Fever
• Nose bleed
• Constipation
• Need more water
• Sore throat
• pimples and acne
• Indigestion

Heaty foods, in most cases, can be identified using these traits:

• hard, dry, spicy
• grow under the sun
• tastes sweet or pungent
• has lots of sodium
• have lots of fats

On the other hand, cool or Yin food will create a cooling effect when consumed. They can counter the Yang food''s effects but too much will cause:

• tired
• weak
• lazy
• Need less water and always need to pee
• restless

Normally, cool food are:

• salty, sour or bitter
• lean
• soft and wet
• grow in little sunshine
• contains lots of potassium

Here is a whole table of Yin Yang Food...

Heaty Yang Food
apricots
apricot seed
black currant
blackberries
brown sugar
cherry
chestnut
chicken
chive
cinnamon bark
cinnamon twig
clove
coconut
coffee
coriander
date
dillseed
durian
eel
garlic
ginger
grape
grapefruit peel
green onion
guava
ham
jackfruit
leaf mustard
leek
longan
mandarin orange
mangoes
mutton
nutmeg
peach
pear
Pepper
raspberry
red and green pepper
rosemary
shallots
shrimp
soybean oil
spearmint
spring onion
sweet basil
tobacco
vinegar
walnut
Neutral Food
abalone
apple
apricot
beef
beetroot
black fungus
brown rice
brussels sprouts
carp
carrot
celery
chicken egg yolk
corn
cuttlefish
dates
duck
fig
Honey
kidney bean
lotus fruit and seed
milk
olive
oyster
papaya
plum
pork
potato
pumpkin
radish leaf
raisins
raspberries
red bean
rosemary
sage
snow peas
sunflower seed
sweet potato
sweet potato
sweet rice
taro
thyme
white fungus
yellow soybean
Cool Yin Food
Bamboo shoot
banana
barley
bean curd
bitter gourd
broccoli
cauliflower
chicken egg white
clam
corn
crab
cucumber
grapefruit
lettuce
lotus root
marjoram
marjoram
oyster
peppermint
persimmon
pineapple
radish
salt
seaweed
star fruit
strawberry
sugar cane
tangerine
tomatoes
turmeric
water chestnut
watermelon
yogurt
zuccini

Also, the way a certain kind of food is prepared can change its nature. Frying, Baking or Toasting a Cool Food may change it to Neutral, Warm or Heaty.

This list will be corrected from time to time, adding new food to the list and correcting errors.

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