Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet

A diet according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is similar to the recommendations of a full-fledged diet, at least as far as the choice, freshness and natural quality of the food are concerned. The main component of the diet is cereals. In addition, vegetables, fruit, nuts, herbs, fish, meat, seafood, soy and algae products are recommended, although not dairy products. The reason for this is lactose intolerance, which is common in Asia. The consumption of raw vegetables is also not recommended.

The Principle of TCM Diet

The aim of the TCM diet is to achieve balance between Yin and Yang. Only when Yin and Yang are in balance can the life energy Qi flow unhindered. Yin stands for darkness, serenity, humidity, cold and healthy sleep. Yang, on the other hand, embodies light, dryness, warmth, willpower and joie de vivre. TCM practitioners suggest that food selection depends on one's personal constitution, and with the goal of strengthening an individual's weaknesses.

Those suffering from high blood pressure or sleep disorders have a Yang dominance and should therefore eat Yin foods. Those who tire quickly, get cold easily or suffer from low blood pressure should consume Yang foods. Yang foods include high-fat and high-protein foods, Yin foods include warm soups, ginger and cinnamon. Grain dishes are considered neutral and are recommended for both types of constitution.