Hot and refreshing foods
When a Westerner hears the term “heat” or “heat”, he will probably ask what it is. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this is a common concept related to the balance of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’. Most people, especially Chinese in Asian countries such as China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singaporeans, are familiar with this notion of heat (yang) (as opposed to cooling or yin), as it is a Chinese way of expressing a certain set of symptoms or sensations often associated with emotional or physical reactions such as:
o Feelings of irritability;
o Bad temper;
o Reddened face or cheeks;
o Dark yellow urine;
o sore throat;
o Bleeding from the nose;
o Breakout of pimples and acne;
or mouth ulcers;
An excess of “cold” energy in the body, on the other hand, will make us feel weak, lethargic, tired and restless.
The constitution of each person is influenced by congenital factors, as well as by the lifestyle acquired (for example, diet, level of stress, amount of exercise and sleep, living environment), and this varies from person to person. In other words, different foods act on the human body in different ways and affect our state of health. The body’s metabolism, organ function, and organ structure combine to determine our susceptibility to these hot and refreshing effects of food.
Examples of hot and refreshing foods:
Fresh food (yin):
Bamboo shoot, banana, bitter gourd, clam, crab, grapefruit, lettuce, persimmon, salt, seaweed, carambola, sugar cane, water chestnut, watermelon, lotus root, cucumber, barley, tofu, chicken egg white , marjoram, oyster, pear, mint, radish, strawberry, tangerine and yogurt, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, pineapple, turmeric.
Neutral foods (balanced yin and yang):
Corn, abalone, apricot, beef, beet, black fungus, carp, carrot, celery, chicken egg yolk, cuttlefish, duck, fig, honey, bean, lotus fruit and seed, milk, olive, oyster, papaya, pork , potato, pumpkin, radish leaf, red bean, plum, sunflower seed, sweet rice, sweet potato, white mushroom, yellow soybean, brussels sprouts, peas, sweet potato, taro, dates, figs, raspberries, raisins, sage, rosemary , thyme, brown rice, apple.
Hot foods (yang):
Pepper, cinnamon bark, ginger, soybean oil, red and green pepper, chicken, apricot kernel, brown sugar, cherry, chestnut, chives, cinnamon stick, cloves, coconut, coffee, coriander (Chinese parsley), dates, dill, eel, garlic, grapefruit peel, green onion, guava, ham, mustard leaf, leek, longan, lamb, nutmeg, peach, raspberry, rosemary, shrimp, spearmint, sweet basil, tobacco, vinegar, walnut, Jackfruit, Durian, Leek, Shallots, Chives, Apricots, Blackberries, Blackcurrant, Mangoes, Peaches, Cherry, Tangerine, Grape.
It also matters how a meal is prepared. For example, beef is considered neutral, but if you have it fried or grilled, it would be considered spicy. In addition, there are some interesting general guidelines for determining whether a certain food is spicy or refreshing:
Hot / yang foods:
or grow under the blazing sun;
or are you sweet;
or has a lot of fat;
or rich in sodium;
or they are hard, dry or spicy.
Cold / yin foods:
or grow with little sun;
or are they salty;
or they are thin;
or rich in potassium;
or soft and wet;
The spicy and refreshing effect of food refers to its ability to generate sensations, whether hot or cold in our body. They do not refer to the state of food but to its effect on our body. For example, tea is a refreshing food. This means that it generates cold energy in our body. To find a balance in the diet, we can classify foods as predominantly yin or yang. Therefore, if you eat predominantly yin foods, your body will be able to produce only cold energy, conversely, eating predominantly yang foods produces hotter energy. If a person suffers from cold rheumatism, it would be helpful to eat food with warm or hot energy. If a person suffers from acne breakouts due to the consumption of fried foods, it is beneficial to eat refreshing foods to counteract the heat and relieve symptoms.
The concept of heat is neither significant nor relevant in the paradigm of Western medicine. However, it is believed that there is something parallel to acid (heat) and alkaline (cooling) equilibrium, or protons and positive charges (heat) and cooling (electrons and negative charges). Medicine evolves. Conventional physicians in the West have long started to integrate and learn about alternative treatments or medicines and incorporate them into their practice. Today they believe that these new medical approaches are beneficial and effective in many ways.