Thermal Nature of Foods in Oriental Medicine…

~~~~ heating ~~~~




beef                grains

kangaroo       wheat        legumes

chicken           rice           red beans          vegetables

eggs                 oats          broad beans        pumpkins        fruit

prawns           corn           soy beans            carrots          mango

shellfish     buckwheat   green beans       potatoes         grapes

sea W fish      millet                                       onion             oranges

freshW fish    barley                                     spinach          peaches

.                                                                          cabbage         papaya

.                                                                            celery            banana

.                                                                           cucumber       apple

.                                                                           lettuce            melon

.                                                                                                      pear

.                                                                                            lemon/lime

******* cooling *******


Thermal natures and five element qualities of foods and herbs are the primary indicators for choosing therapeutic or beneficial foods in Oriental Medicine.

Thermal qualities directly affect the balance of yin and yang in the body.

When there is an imbalance of yin and yang there is disease or potential for disease.

Pathogenic factors may be internal or external. Pathogens and pathologies have their own thermal nature and element quality… an imbalance such as the common cold may present as wind- heat or wind-cold symptoms, which indicates what the nature of the pathogenic factor is. To balance this pathogenic affect we counteract with foods of a different thermal nature and element. For example, a wind-heat condition with dryness in the throat may be relieved by a cool and pungent food that moistens and releases to the exterior, such as bok-choy.  A wind-cold condition may require ginger tea and honey.


“Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act”

Dr Seuss


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