Food Categories by Actions

Food Categories by Actions

Get the low down on your food categories.

Tonify Foods
Tonify Qi Beef, Cherry, Chicken, Coconut, Date, Eel, Fig, Ginseng, Goose, Grape, Ham, Herring, Lentil, Licorice, Longan, Mackeral, Microalgae, Molasses, Oats, Octopus, Potato, Rabbit, Rice, Royal Jelly, Sweet Potato, Shiitake Mushroom, Squash, Sturgeon, Tofu, Yam


Tonify Blood Adzuki Bean, Apricot, Beef, Beet, Bone Marrow, Chicken Egg, Cuttlefish, Dandelion Greens, Dark Leafy Greens, Date, Fig, Grape, Kidney Bean, Liver, Longan, Microalgae, Nettle, Oyster, Octopus, Parsley, Sardine, Spinach, Sweet Rice, Watercress


Tonify Yang Basil, Cassia Fruit, Chestnut, Chive Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Dill Seed, Fennel Seed, Garlic, Fenugreek Seed, Ginger (dried), Kidney, Lamb, Lobster, Nutmeg, Pistachio, Raspberry, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Shrimp, Star Anise, Thyme, Walnut


Tonify Yin Apple, Asparagus, Cheese, Chicken Egg, Clam, Crab, Cuttlefish, Duck, Duck Egg, Honey, Kidney Bean, Lemon, Malt, Mango, Milk, Oyster, Peas, Pear, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Pork, Rabbit, String Bean, Tofu, Tomato, Watermelon, Yam


Sedate Foods
Damp Forming Dairy Products (sheep and goat products create less dampness), Pork & Rich Meats, Roasted Peanuts, Concentrated Juices (especially Orange and Tomato), Wheat, Bread, Yeast, Beer, Bananas, Sugar and Sweeteners, Saturated Fats

Caution for Damp Conditions

Regulate Qi Basil, Caraway, Cardamom, Carrot, Cayenne, Chive, Clove, Coriander, Dill Seed, Garlic, Marjoram, Mustard Leaf, Orange Peel, Radish, Star Anise, Tangerine Peel, Turmeric

Sweet and Acrid

Move Blood Amasake, Crab, Brown Sugar, Chestnut, Chili Pepper, Chive, Egg Plant, Hawthorn Berry, Onion, Mustard Leaf, Peach, Scallion, Sturgeon, Vinegar

Sweet and Acrid

Clear Heat Asparagus, Bamboo Shoot, Banana, Chicken Egg White, Clam, Egg Plant, Elderflower, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lettuce, Millet, Mung Bean, Mung Bean Sprout, Peppermint, Potato, Salt, Tofu, Watermelon, Wheat

Cool and Moistening

Warm Coldness Anchovy, Basil, Bay, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Cherry, Chestnut, Chicken, Leek, Coriander Seed, Dill Seed, Fennel Seed, Garlic, Ginger, Kohlrabi, Lamb Kidney, Mussel, Mustard Leaf, Mutton, Nutmeg, Onion, Peach, Pine Nut, Walnut, Rosemary, Scallion, Shrimp, Squash, Sweet Potato, Sweet Rice, Trout, Turnip, Vinegar, Wine

Warm, Sweet and Acrid

Transform Damp Adzuki Bean, Alfalfa, Anchovy, Barley, Celery, Corn, Daikon, Garlic, Green Tea, Horseradish, Jasmine Tea, Job’s Tears, Kidney Bean, Kohlrabi, Lemon, Mackeral, Marjoram, Mushroom (Button), Mustard Leaf, Onion, Parsley, Pumpkin, Radish, Rye, Scallion, Turnip, Umeboshi Plum


Drain Damp Adzuki Bean, Alfalfa, Anchovy, Barley, Frog, Black Soybean, Broad Bean, Celery, Clam, Fenugreek, Grape, Job’s Tears, Kelp, Lettuce, Mackeral, Sardine, Seaweed


Dissolve Phlegm Almond, Apple Peel, Clam, Daikon, Garlic, Grapefruit, Lemon Peel, Licorice, Olive, Marjoram, Orange Peel, Mushroom (Button), Onion, Mustard Leaf, Peppermint, Mustard Seed, Pear, Radish, Black and White Pepper, Persimmon, Tea, Seaweed, Shiitake Mushroom, Shrimp, Thyme, Walnut, Watercress


Ni, Maoshing, and Cathy McNease. The Tao of Nutrition. New and Expanded ed. Santa Monica, Calif.: Sevenstar Communications, 1987. Print.

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