Traditional Chinese Medicine: Cold and Warm Foods

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a very old holistic approach to preventing and curing illness and diseases. It incorporates nutrition, herbs, acupuncture and massage to allow your body to be in balance and your qi (energy) to flow freely.

A couple months ago I visited a TCM practitioner who explained to me that in TCM, illnesses are not categorized the same way that western medicine diagnoses them as. So in Eastern medicine, Crohn’s and Colitis is diagnosed as a spleen-pancreas deficiency.
The Spleen’s key function is digestion, it transforms food into energy (qi). When the spleen is defficienty, it can not perform properly, causing unwanted symptoms, such as: chronic tiredness, weak digestion, nausea, poor appetite, abdominal bloating, hard lumps in the abdomen, loose stools, weaken, pale tongue with white coating, weak pulse, food sensitivities, nervous indigestion, anemia, diarrhea, ulcers and pain in upper abdomen and illness. As you can see, the weak spleen shows the same symptoms as one with Crohn’s disease. When spleen pancreas qi energy deficiency worsens, it degenerates into deficiency of digestive fire causing signs of undigested foods in stools, aversion to cold, cold hands and feet, clear urine, pale tongue and ulcers in the mouth.
In order to fix spleen-pancreas deficiency, one must embark in eating a warm food diet and avoid cold foods.
At first I thought cold foods were just foods that were in the fridge. I was wrong, a cold food can be something at room temperature, for example, a banana is a cold food. It makes sense though, because bananas grow in tropical environments, so it would be a food to cool one who is hot. A banana is a bit controversial when it comes to eastern vs. western medicine. In western medicine, doctors say that bananas are good for bulking up stools and that it is an easy digestible food. In eastern medicine however, doctors say that bananas pull all of your energy down, causing diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
Right now I am combining eastern and western medicine by trying the warm diet and continuing to take my western prescription of pentasa. Hopefully I will see some positive results soon.
Keep following my blog to learn what warm and cold foods are and how this TCM diet is working for me!

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