Chinese Medicine Diet

Educating to promote eating the correct types and amounts of foods using Chinese medicine dietary therapy to complement your body type and conditions.

Supporting your whole body wellness

At The House Of Acupuncture, we educate to promote eating the correct types and amounts of foods to complement the body type and condition our patients have. Chinese medicine dietary therapy can even be used in recovery from sports injuries.

Food can be used to help the body back to health, however, if foods are incorrectly chosen, may contribute as a cause of disease. 

To understand more about healthful eating in Chinese medicine check out our blog on Spleen Qi Deficiency. For dietary advice tailored specifically to you’re health needs, book an appointment to see our Chinese medicine acupuncturist.

If you’d like more information on how our Chinese medicine services can support you, call us on 021 081 59228 or make a booking online.

What is Chinese Medicine Food?

Chinese health philosophy views food as a form of medicine.

New Zealanders understand that food is made from proteins, fats, minerals, carbohydrates, phytonutrients, etc and that we eat these for the body to assimilate energy to function and build healthy tissues.

In Chinese medicine, food is thought to affect the function of the body in other ways. Traditionally foods have “temperature” effects on the body, ranging from hot, warm, neutral, and cool to cold.

This type of dietary therapy is from medical observation developed over thousands of years that are now being evaluated by science.

For example, in Chinese medicine, many vegetables are considered to “cool” the body down and evidence suggests that a plant-based diet will go a long way to reducing (“hot”) inflammatory conditions. Chinese medicine further understands that more is not always better as it also observes that a plant-based diet if taken in excess can have the effect of cooling the body down so much as to create “cold” types of disease, which some vegans and vegetarians may suffer if not careful.

Examples of foods temperature

  • Cold: Spinach, tomato, watermelon, rockmelon, lettuce,
  • Cool: Milk, cheese, bean sprouts, fish, seaweed, wheat (bread), banana,
  • Neutral: Carrot, rice, pork
  • Warm: Liquorice, beef, chicken, plum, berries,
  • Hot: Ginger, garlic, lamb, lobster, shrimp, pistachio.

How to choose the right food

When using food as medicine, we eat the food temperature that is the opposite of the disease temperature to balance or negate it.

If a “cold” disease of the Stomach is diagnosed with symptoms like nausea or reflux, we might choose a “hot” food like ginger to help warm the Stomach. If the reflux is hot then cooling foods like peppermint or camomile tea can be chosen.

Or, eating a lot of spinach would further aggravate a “cold Stomach”, or could over time be the cause of a “cold Stomach”.

Are your therapists qualified and experienced?

At The House Of Acupuncture, we endeavor to provide the highest quality acupuncture care for people engaged in their injury recovery. Our treatment is provided by our fully qualified and registered acupuncturist with ongoing training in musculoskeletal conditions, and over 9 years of experience treating pain and injury.

"11/10 would recommend. I went to see Elly for an issue with my knee and not only has she helped immensely with that but she has really helped me out in other aspects as well. You can really feel that she cares about her clients and the work she is doing which i believe makes such a difference in the treatment itself. I always leave feeling great and my knee has gotten so much better."
Lily Robin

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We’d love to help you, so please let us know if you have any questions or if you are ready, you can book an appointment online.