Recipes by Pattern Diagnosis
The following recipes utilize whole foods, herbs, and "super food" ingredients. Before making any changes to your diet, consult your doctor, and a licensed acupuncturist to receive an accurate pattern diagnosis. Once you know your pattern, choose from the recipes below, and adapt them as needed. Read more about Chinese food therapy.
Foods that nourish the blood tend to be dark in color and rich in nutrients like iron and B vitamins. They include dark meats, bone marrow, black beans, dark leafy greens, beets, figs, and plums. Read more on blood deficiency, and beneficial foods.
Foods that tonify qi provide energy, improve digestion, and assist the immune system. They include various types of squash, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, warming spices, and tend to have a mild sweetness or starchy quality. Read more on qi deficiency, and beneficial foods.
Foods that nourish yin are moistening in nature. They include many fats and oils, meats, egg yolk, dairy, and anything slimy--squid, mushrooms, okra, bananas, flax seeds, and seaweeds, for example. Read more on yin deficiency, and beneficial foods.
Foods that fortify yang tend to be warming, stimulating, and energizing in nature. Examples include chilies, cinnamon, ginger, onions, garlic, red meat, walnuts, and shrimp. Read more on yang deficiency, and beneficial foods.
Foods that invigorate the blood tend to be somewhat acrid, pungent, or spicy in nature. Eggplants, with their dark purple flesh, mimic the color of stagnant blood, exhibiting the principle of doctrine of signatures in Chinese medicine. Read more on blood stagnation, and beneficial foods.