Eating with Enjoyment and in a Relaxed Atmosphere

Eating with delight and enjoyment in a leisurely and relaxed atmosphere and without any external distractions creates excellent conditions for good regeneration of qi from food. Positive feelings and moods generally promote good qi flow. During meals, positive feelings enable free flow of stomach and spleen qi, which supports the smooth processing of food and effective integration of food qi in the body. Exhausting talks, discussions, and distractions (TV, radio, reading) burden stomach and...

Bitter Flavor

Bitter-cool, downbears and supports the body's digestive and excretion functions (digestive teas with amaroids bitters, such as gallbladder tea, wormwood tea). It supplements heart yin and has a calming effect, especially following stress and mental strain (beer, especially light-colored wheat beer). Bitter-warm flavors in the form of aperitifs, or bitter liqueurs, stimulate the digestive organs due to their alcohol content, especially in combination with bitter flavors. Engendering (sheng)...

Stomach Qi Vacuity Wei Qi Xu

This syndrome is very similar to spleen qi vacuity. The prime time of activity for the stomach is in the morning between 7 and 9 a.m. A major share of our food for the day should be eaten during that time to enable us to produce the energy needed for the day. If stomach qi is vacuous, spleen qi is depleted as well, resulting in symptoms like lack of appetite, fatigue, and general weakness. Lack of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, lack of appetite in children, weakness during recovery, rectal...

Ancestral Air Qi Zong Qi

With each breath, ancestral qi contributes to the total energy of the body, making up about one third of the total renewable energy. Proper breathing and good, clean air enhance its energetic quality. Ancient Chinese techniques can contribute to an increase in ancestral qi through specific breathing exercises, such as qi gong or tai chi, or exercises from the Asian martial arts. The three energy sources congenital essence (jing), gu qi (drum qi), and ancestral qi (zong qi) merge into true qi...

Organ Network Heart Small Intestine

Ruler and Godlike Emperor The heart represents all the emotional, mental, and spiritual abilities and activities that make up the unique personality of a person. It is the seat of consciousness and mental vitality. Governs blood (xue) and blood vessels Governs circulation of blood Opens at the tongue and governs speech, sense of taste Time of day 11 a.m.-l p.m. Shen comprises spirit or consciousness in its broadest sense The mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual abilities of a person....

Lung Yin Vacuity Fei Yin Xu

Prolonged exposure to external or internal heat attacks the body, dries up fluids, and damages lung yin. This syndrome can also result from chronic illness of other organs and long-term phlegm-heat syndrome. Chronic pharyngitis, bronchiectasis, chronic febrile bronchitis, chronic rhinitis, sinusitis, chronic cough, tuberculosis. Dehydration of body fluids resulting in general dryness Dry cough, dry mouth, and throat, hoarseness, sore throat, night sweat subfebrile (below normal) body...

Congenital Essence Jing

The Chinese character for essence means seed, The classic Su Wen states Jing is the origin of the body. According to TCM, this extremely valuable substance forms the foundation for all physical and mental development. Jing is stored in the kidneys it has no equivalent in Western medicine. Congenital (constitution) jing (prenatal, inherited jing) (xian tian zhi jing) Congenital jing is created at conception from parental jing (inherited energy, innate energy). It is irrevocably fixed and cannot...

The Five Phases Wu Xing

The theory of the five phases came into being in the 4th century BC. With its help, Tsu Yen (350-270 BC) and his students tried to demystify nature and create an intellectual, rational, self-contained theoretical system. A Western analogy to this model is the theories shaping Greek antiquity marked by Aristotle. The Taoist model of the five phases (or elements) is an extension of the concept of yin and yang developed earlier. It relates the entire spiritual, emotional, material, and energetic...

Dampness and Phlegm Conditions

TCM views dampness and phlegm as important and common pathological factors in the treatment of many disorders. The motto of traditional Chinese physicians was If you've treated a disorder for a long period of time without success, always remember phlegm. The Western observer associates phlegm disorders mainly with a stuffed up nose and sinuses, sinusitis frontalis, sinusitis maxillaris, and bronchial congestion. In TCM, these are only partial aspects, as the Chinese idea of phlegm disorders...

Theory

Medicine and Chinese Dietetics . . . 3 Yin and Therapeutic Principles of TCM 7 Yin And Yang are Yin And Yang are Divisible but Inseparable (Yin Yang Ke Fen Er Bu Ke Yin And Yang are Rooted in Each Other (Yin Yang Hu Yin And Yang Counterbalance Each Other (Yin YangZhi Yin And Yang Mutually Transform Each The Five Phases (Wu The Five Basic Substances 10 Life Force-Qi Function Dysfunction Congenital Dysfunction Dysfunction Dysfunction Body Fluids Jin Dysfunction Causes of Impediments Dryness...

Phlegm Damp Obstructing the Lung Tan Shi Zu

This syndrome encompasses several lung phlegm syndromes Phlegm-damp obstructing the lung (tan shizufei), phlegm-heat coating the lung (tan re zu fei, and phlegm-liquid coating the lung (tan shuizufei). In practice, phlegm, phlegm-cold or phlegm-heat coating the lung is often a cold that has turned into bronchitis. Factors promoting the production and accumulation of phlegm include defense qi and lung qi vacuity, as well as a weakened spleen that insufficiently transforms and transports fluids....

Yin and Yang

The basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are rooted in the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang. These two polar opposites organize and explain the ongoing process of natural change and transformation in the universe. According to ancient lore, yang marks the sunny side and yin the shady side of a hill. In the theory of yin and yang, all things and phenomena of the cosmos contain these two complementary aspects. The traditional Taoist symbol for completeness and harmony is the...

Yin Repletion Excess and Dampness

Yin repletion is often caused by a poor, insufficient diet. Consuming too many yin products cools the body, harms spleen qi, and causes dampness. This syndrome can worsen due to a weak spleen and can, over time, lead to phlegm disorders. Yin repletion reduces the body's yang energy. Lack of drive fatigue slowed movements and language cold hands feeling of heaviness inside the body, as well as in the arms and legs dull headache which the patient often describes as a feeling like I am wearing a...

Therapeutic Principles of TCM

Four basic aspects of interaction between yin and yang enable practitioners to gain insight into the main processes for development and treatment of diseases. This fundamental understanding of TCM is a requirement for sound diagnoses and effective therapy. The Four Basic Interactions of Yin and Yang Yin and yang are divisible but inseparable Yin and yang are rooted in each other Yin and yang counterbalance each other Yin and yang mutually transform each other All therapy principles in TCM...

Stomach Yin Vacuity

Dull, burning pain in epigastric region, dry mouth, thirst, constipation, lack of appetite, sensation of heat in the afternoon. The most common causes are irregular and bad eating habits too many late evening meals . Protracted heat conditions, deficiency of body fluids, chronic stress, and overwork. Nourish stomach yin Replenish fluids pPp SP-6 BL-20 BL-21 ST-36 Avoid Acrid, bitter, and hot foods, alcoholic beverages, acrid spices. For heat symptoms cold otherwise cool and neutral, a little...

Traditional Chinese Nutrition Theory

The beginnings of Chinese dietetics can be traced back to the Zhou Dynasty 1100-700 BC . At the time, four groups of healers were responsible for providing medical care Therapists for nutritional matters dieticians shi yi Therapists for internal diseases internists ji yi Therapists for external illnesses and injuries surgeons yang yi Therapists for sick animals veterinarians shou yi Dietary therapy should be the first step when one treats a disease. Only when this is unsuccessful should one try...

General Yang Vacuity

Yang vacuity can present similar symptoms as qi vacuity, because yang vacuity is always preceded by protracted qi vacuity and the transition between the two is not clearly delineated. Primarily cold symptoms, such as cold, pale extremities, general weakness, severe mental and physical exhaustion, lack of drive, general loss of strength, as well as water retention in form of edemas. Women can encounter menstrual disorders, missed periods, and diarrhea. Tongue Pale, swollen, with tooth...

Spleen Yang Vacuity Pi Yang Xu

Spleen yang vacuity can result from protracted spleen qi vacuity or pronounced weakening of the spleen due to cold foods, irregular meal times, and irregular eating habits. Chronic gastroenteritis, anemia, chronic malabsorption, and chronic gastroenterological disorders. Feet and hands are always cold shivering a sensation of cold in the abdomen watery stool with undigested food particles edemas, weakness, fatigue, chronic digestive problems. SP-3 SP-2 BL-20 BL-21 IP ST-36 CV-12 Moxa Cold or...

Strengthening the Inner Center

The earth phase and the stomach and spleen pancreas network center burner are of key significance in Chinese dietetics. Earth is yin, nourishing the core, inner balance, stability, and inner center. The center burner nourishes yin. It develops acquired constitution qi and yang and is responsible for intake, processing, and digestion of foods. According to TCM, a large part about 70 of the postnatal, renewable qi is taken from gu qi drum qi . Li Gao, the famous Chinese scholar of the Song...

General Qi Vacuity

Qi vacuity can appear in any of the networks. The most common causes for general qi vacuity are vacuity of spleen qi, kidney qi, and lung qi. Fatigue, exhaustion, lack of appetite, lack of concentration, abdominal bloating soft, sloppy stool tendency to diarrhea, tendency to feel cold and to shiver, aversion to cold, lowered resistance, frequent backaches in the lumbar vertebral column, frequent urination with clear urine, large amounts of urine, nocturia excessive night time urination ,...

Heart Yang Vacuity Xin Yang Xu

Heart qi vacuity and heart yang vacuity are treated with the same nutritional therapy. Heart yang vacuity, with its additional cold component, differs in its symptoms from heart qi vacuity. Autonomic heart conditions, convalescence, cardiac arrhythmia, exhaustion. Listlessness, fatigue, exhaustion, cold extremities, pale glowing face, dyspnea shortness of breath on exertion, chest tightness in the area of the heart, sometimes racing heart with sensation of extreme heart beats, shortness of...

Stomach Yin Vacuity Wei Yin Xu

Stomach yin vacuity is a commonly found syndrome caused mostly by poor dietary habits, but also by chronic heat disorders of the stomach. Stomach yin vacuity frequently results from longstanding damaging factors. Chronic gastritis, gastric insufficiency, chronic nausea and vomiting, gastric and duodenal ulcers. Lack of appetite, lethargy, afternoon fever or heat sensation, constipation dry, hard stools , dry mouth, thirst without the desire to drink, drinking in small portions, bloating after...

Main Symptom Meteorism Abdominal Distension

Qi stagnation with food retention in stomach and spleen Stomach qi vacuity, spleen qi vacuity, stomach or spleen yang vacuity Du zi zhang, which means belly distention, or gu chang fu zhang, which means drum abdominal distention Wiseman . Differential diagnosis according to repletion and vacuity conditions, primarily caused by dysfunction of spleen and stomach. Responds very well to nutritional therapy.

Liver Fire Flaming Upward Gan Huo Shang

Cephalgia headaches , migraine, hypertension high blood pressure , M ni re disease auditory vertigo , tinnitus, chronic conjunctivitis. Restlessness, insomnia, irritability, sudden loss of temper, vertigo dizziness , severe headaches, red eyes, intraocular pressure, dry mouth, bitter taste in mouth, nose bleeds, tinnitus. Tongue Dry, red, red edges, yellow fur Pulse Tight, rapid Sour-cool, sour-cold, bitter-cool, bitter-cold Reduce salt and meat, vegetarian diet for several days or weeks, no...

Stomach Fire Wei Re

This repletion heat syndrome dries out body fluids, causing intense thirst, constipation, and a dry tongue. Subsequent upbearing heat in the stomach channel causes swollen and bleeding gums. The repletion condition also prevents stomach qi from downbearing, resulting in esophageal sour reflux. In extreme cases, stomach fire combined with phlegm can impair the spirit shen . This can lead to disturbed sleep and psychological symptoms. Protracted exposure to extreme heat fire can damage stomach...

Heart Fire Flaming Upward Xin Huo Shang

High blood pressure, autonomic heart conditions, glossitis burning tongue . Intense emotional symptoms such as inner restlessness, anxiety, sleep disorders with nightmares, emotional instability and impulsiveness, red face, erosion and ulceration in the mouth area canker sores , bitter taste in mouth, dark urine. Tongue Red tip, yellow fur, red dots Pulse Rapid, strong Bitter-cool, bitter-cold, sour-cool, sour-cold Raw vegetable salads, tomatoes, dandelion Bread drink a lacto-fermented beverage...

English Terms Chinese Terms

Acquired constitution jing hou tian zhi jing Ancestral qi synonym air qi or gathering qi zong qi See also humors, liquids accordning to Wiseman Feng jin are the thinner fluids, and ye are the thicker, turbid ones . Both elements are also partly responsible for blood quality and Center burner Triple burner zhong jiao Channel qi synonym essential qi, or vessel qi jing qi Congenital constitution jing synonym prenatal, inherited jing xian tian zhi jing Counterflow qi synonym rebellious or reverse...

Bronchitis Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic lung function impairment recurrent bronchitis chronic bronchitis Chronic bronchitis with phlegm production and phlegm retention in lung Chronic bronchitis with constitutional lung function impairment Cough ke sou and phlegm tan yin are caused by chronic vacuity of lung, spleen, and kidney. Treatment should primarily consist of acupuncture and herbal therapy, accompanied by dietary measures. Over a longer period weeks to months , nutritional therapy can noticeably strengthen organ...

Energetics of Food

Western nutrition theory focuses on the analytical and quantitative categorization of foods. This categorization is based on material food components such as carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The Eastern view, on the other hand, follows the qualitative, holistic concept of yin and yang and illustrates how thermal nature and flavor of foods and medicinal herbs influence the body. Hippocrates and Hildegard von Bingen employed similar qualitative, more...

Foods from A to Z

Food Thermal Nature Flavor Effect Supplements center burner and digestion Supplements heart qi and blood circulation Stimulates digestion, loosens phlegm Balances qi and blood, balances yin spleen Supplements spleen, removes dampness Bitter, slightly acrid, slightly sweet Astringent, forms body fluids and blood Supplements spleen, removes dampness Cools stomach and liver heat, loosens qi stagnation Astringent, expels cold, diarrhea remedy Stimulates digestion, warms center burner Astringent,...

Main Symptom Colds

Wind-cold fettering the lung feng han shu fei Wind-heat invading the lung feng re fan fei Bronchitis, sinusitis, with yellow secretion Phlegm-heat obstructing the lung tan re zu fei Cough ke sou and phlegm-rheum tan yin develop through the assault of external pathogenic factors, mostly cold, which block the flow of qi. These primarily occur due to lung, spleen, and kidney vacuity. fj Nutritional therapy, along with acupuncture S and herbal therapy, can produce very good results during the...

Energetic Thermal Nature

Foods are divided into five energetic temperature levels Hot, warm yang Cold, cool yin Neutral Black tea Fruit juices Peppermint tea This same classification is applied to Chinese medicinal herbs and is rooted in a 3000-year tradition of Chinese medicine based on application, observation, experience, and intuition. Independent of its preparation, every food has a natural energetic, basic thermal nature that has a specific effect on the body. Energetically hot foods such as pepper, chili, and...