The TCM approach to nutrition is based on the concept that foods have different properties; they can nourish yin or yang, be warming or cooling, drying or moistening.

From this perspective, it is very important to choose foods that correspond with your TCM constitution, because the food we eat has an enormous impact on the balance of energy in our bodies, and directly contributes to the excesses and deficiencies in our system.

The goal of TCM nutrition recommendations is to improve overall organ functioning, as well as digestion, by suggesting foods that will help to correct the imbalances that cause pain and disease.

You can refer to the links below for nutrition recommendations once you know which patterns of imbalance are applicable to you. Please note that you should not restrict yourself to eating only the foods on the list. Simply follow the guidelines for food ratios, and incorporate as many of the recommended foods as possible.

*I highly recommend eating organic food. However, it is not always easy to find or afford organic all the time. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created a list of foods that helps you identify conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues, as well as those that test high, so that you can make informed choices about buying organic. Check out their guide: Clean 15/Dirty Dozen

Nutrition Guidelines for:

Blood Stasis

Cold Accumulation

Damp Heat

Dampness and Phlegm

Heart Blood Deficiency

Heart Fire

Heart Qi and Yang Deficiency

Heart Yin Deficiency

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Kidney Yin Deficiency

Liver Blood Deficiency

Liver Fire

Liver Qi Stagnation

Liver Yang Rising

Liver Yin Deficiency

Lung Heat

Lung Qi Deficiency

Lung Yin Deficiency

Spleen Qi Deficiency

Spleen Yang Deficiency

Stomach Heat


Winter Stew