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Great summary of TCM food basics

Categories: Articles, Asian, Eastern Nutrition, Food Energetics

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Japanese cooking basics, food blog, & resource site

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Folk Remedies from Around the World to Heal and Nourish the Body

Categories: Articles, Eastern Nutrition, Food Culture People comment and add to the depth of this site. Some interesting ideas and some TCM on here.

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Nice explanation of Blood Building Foods

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Eastern Nutrition, Nutritional Information, Western Medicine The term blood building foods is commonly used in alternative medicine, particularly in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Blood building foods are those foods that contain high quantities of specific nutrients thought to encourage the production of new blood cells in the body. The most important ingredient in a blood building food is iron, but vitamin B12 and folic acid are also key. Although many choose simply to strengthen the blood by taking iron pills or liquid iron supplements, eating a diet high in blood building foods can be equally […]

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Book: Guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics

Categories: Articles, Cookbooks, Eastern Nutrition, Food Energetics

This is a nice quick-reference book for Food Energetics.  Gives straightforward tables for food groups, and TCM properties in table-formats. Gives a bit of TCM introductory theory, but the reference tables are where the real information is… Helping Ourselves: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Food Energetics by Daverick Leggett…

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Coffee: Chinese Medicine Perspective

Categories: Articles, Beverages, Eastern Nutrition

Coffee: Chinese Medicine Perspective How should one of the most (if not the most) widely consumed decoction worldwide be evaluated from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective? To discuss coffee’s classification into traditional Chinese medicine energetics I prefer to look at its actions and side effects. Increased alertness/energy, diuretic, diaphoretic, and purgative. The last three are easy to classify as drain dampness, resolve exterior and mild purgative. Classifying increased energy I think can mistakenly be classified as a Qi tonic. I mention mistakenly as I do not see coffee having any […]

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Chinese View of Nutrition discussed by Two Western Nutritionists

Categories: Articles, Asian, Eastern Nutrition, Food Education, Food Energetics

Chinese food has a bad reputation in the UK. The rice-heavy meals and fatty meat dishes are thought to lead straight to obesity and heart disease. But properly prepared, says Chinese food expert Lorraine Clissold, the very opposite is true: the Chinese way of eating is healthy and fulfilling, fights illness and prolongs life. She also insists, in her book Why the Chinese Don’t Count Calories, that a real Chinese diet won’t make you fat, and that the rising levels of obesity observable in China are in fact caused by […]

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Why different foods are consumed each season and what are their health benefits?

Categories: Articles, Eastern Nutrition, Food Energetics

Why different foods are consumed each season and what are their health benefits?   Pulse taking According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the world is a harmonious and holistic entity where all living beings are viewed in relation to the surrounding environment. Since ancient times, the Chinese have tried to explain different complicated phenomena by creating yin yang or the five elements theories. Man is part of the holistic entity, and takes his cue from nature. He is influenced directly and indirectly by changes in weather and needs to make […]

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Soy Diet for Illinois Prisoners

Categories: Articles, Eastern Nutrition, Food Education, Food Energetics, Food Safety

I found this on the Westeron A APrice Foundation website. They belieive in traditional diets and that modern obsession with some things like soy are not proven in traditional cultures. Soy Alert! web site also has info on this. From the TCM perspective (which is what I always go back to), soy is cold and possibly damp enducing and damaging to yang. If you don’t know how to prepare it in a way to help balance these issues (with ginger, stir fried etc..) anyone with the wrong constitution may suffer. […]

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Ayervedic ideas for Fertility

Categories: Articles, Food Culture, Food Energetics, Indian, Infertility

I want to recommend you begin to cook with butter and ghee for fertility especially for wood overacting type clients. They is considered very nourishing to add more “cushion” and earth material to their system. Highly concentrated and healthy, natural fats are good for you at this time. I can’t imagine would be come overly obese so this is fine for them unless you have short term concerns for cholesterol. If you have any questions let me know. Otherwise enjoy! I found this thread about fertility from an Indian […]

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