In TCM, blood stasis refers to impaired blood circulation. Research has demonstrated that reduced blood circulation can have a profound effect on the body; it can result in decreased oxygen supply, and impaired endocrine and immune system function. Reducing foods that stagnate circulation (cold food, highly processed food, oily, fatty foods) and increasing foods that dispel stasis (fragrant, lightly spiced food) is recommended. Other food recommendations include establishing regular eating times, eating moderate amounts of food at each meal, and chewing thoroughly in order to both savor flavours and adequately stimulate the digestive system.
For blood stasis, the ratio of food groups should be as follows:
40-60% lightly cooked vegetables
30% complex carbohydrates
Foods that Dispel Blood Stasis
turmeric, basil, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, white pepper
hawthorne berries, shallots, leeks, chives, garlic, ginger, taro root
adzuki beans, kidney beans, chestnuts
crab, jellyfish, mussels, clams, sea cucumber, abalone, kelp, seaweed
red wine (small amounts), vinegar
Foods to Restrict or Avoid
salads, raw vegetables, raw fruit
excess amounts of tofu, dairy, nut butters, high oil foods
overly sweet food, refined sugar, high doses of vitamin C
cold food like ice cream or smoothies, iced drinks
Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine, Vol. 2. MacLean & Lyttleton. University of Western Sydney: Australia. 2002.
Chinese Dietary Therapy. Liu, J. Churchill Livingston: Edinburgh.1995.
The Healing Cuisine of China. Zhao & Ellis. Healing Arts Press: Vermont. 1998
This factsheet is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is meant to complement rather than substitute for a consultation with a qualified TCM practitioner.