TCM Fruits and Vegetables Energetics for December

Note: This article is for informational use only and should not be a replacement for qualified medical advice.

Information Sourced from:
Kastner, J. (2009). Chinese nutrition therapy: Dietetics in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) (2nd ed.). Stuttgart: Thieme.

Leggett, D. (1997). Helping ourselves a guide to traditional Chinese medicine. (3rd ed.). Totnes, England: Meridian Press.

Tonify Qi
Carrots (Regulate Qi, clears damp heat)
Sweet potatoes (Tonify Blood, nourish Yin)
Winter Squash/Pumpkin (Circulates Blood, dispel cold, drains damp, resolves phlegm)

Tonify Blood
Artichoke (Nourish Yin, regulates Qi, drains damp, clears damp heat)
Beets (Regulates Qi)
Chard (Clears heat)
Spinach (Nourish Yin, clear heat)

Regulate Qi
Broccoli (Clears damp heat)
Cabbage (Clears heat)
Radish (Drains damp, resolves phlegm, clears heat)

Clears heat
Bok choy (Drains damp)
Burdock (Dispels Wind-heat, drains damp)
Celery (Regulates Qi)
Endive (Clears damp heat)
Grapefruit (Resolves phlegm, regulates Qi)
Kiwi (Astringes Yin)
Lettuce (Clears heat, drains damp, regulates Qi)
Olives (Clears damp heat)

Resolves Phlegm
Kumquats (Regulates Qi, drains damp)
Mandarins (Clears heat, drains damp)

Circulates Blood
Leeks (Regulates Qi, dispels cold)
Lemon/Lime (Regulates Qi, clears heat, resolves phlegm)
Onion (Dispels cold, drains damp, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi)
Turnip (Regulates Qi, resolves phlegm, drain damp, clear heat)

Nourish Yin
Avocado (Tonify Blood)
Banana (Clears heat)
Orange (Regulates Qi)
Pomegranate (Clears heat)

Tonify Yang
Garlic (Drain damp, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi, dispels wind-cold)
Scallions (Circulates blood, dispels cold, drains damp)

Drains Damp

Dispels Cold