Common Actions of Foods
The common actions of foods refer to the general actions of foods without referring to any specific internal organ. Some actions are familiar to Western readers, such as relieving asthma or checking perspiration, while others are more rooted in Chinese medicine, such as "cooling blood" or "toning up yang." This article aims to provide a comprehensive list of common actions and the foods that have these effects.
Foods: black fungus, chestnut, chicken eggshell, cottonseed, cuttlebone, guava, lotus plumule, spinach, vinegar.
Calm Down the Spirits
Foods: licorice, lily flower.
Foods: chicken eggshell, cuttlebone.
Foods: oyster shell, peach.
Check Seminal Ejaculation
Foods: lotus plumule, oyster shell, walnut, black fungus.
Counteract Toxic Effects
Foods: abalone, banana, bean curd, black soybean, castor bean, cherry seed, chicken egg white, Chinese wax gourd, clam (freshwater), cucumber, date (red and black), fig, honey, Job's-tears, kohlrabi, radish, salt, sesame oil, small red bean, star fruit, vinegar.
Dissolve Blood Coagulations
Foods: brown sugar, chive, chive root, crab, hawthorn fruit, saffron, vinegar.
Foods: ginger (fresh), wine.
Foods: Chinese wax gourd, clam (saltwater), longevity fruit, pear, radish, sea grass, seaweed.
Facilitate Measles Eruption
Foods: cherry seed, coriander, sunflower seed.
Foods: green pepper, ham, red pepper.
Induce Bowel Movement
Foods: castor bean, sesame oil. Induce Perspiration
Foods: cinnamon twig, coriander, ginger (fresh), green onion leaf, green onion white head, marjoram, rosemary.
Foods: bean curd, chicken egg, chicken egg yolk, honey, maltose, milk (human), pear, pork, sesame oil, spinach, sugar cane juice, yellow soybean.
Foods: apricot seed (bitter and sweet), banana, milk (cows), peach, soybean oil, walnut, watermelon.
Foods: apple, apricot, chicken egg white, ginseng, lily flower, longevity fruit, loquat, mandarin orange, peanuts, persimmon, strawberry, white fungus, white sugar.
Foods: apple, apricot, bean curd, coconut, date (red and black), ham, lemon, licorice, litchi, maltose, milk (cow's), peach, pear, plum, sour plum, star fruit, strawberry, sugar cane juice, tomato, white fungus, white sugar.
Promote Blood Circulation
Foods: black soybean, brown sugar, chestnut, eel blood, peach, saffron, sweet basil, wine.
Foods: apple, coriander, ginseng, green pepper, hops, malt, nutmeg, papaya, pineapple, plum, radish, radish leaf, red pepper, sweet basil, tomato.
Promote Energy Circulation
Foods: caraway, chive, chive roots, dill seeds, dry mandarin orange peel, fennel, garlic, kumquat, litchi, marjoram, radish leaf, spearmint, star anise, sweet basil, tangerine, tobacco.
Promote Milk Secretion
Foods: common carp, lettuce.
Foods: asparagus, barley, Chinese cabbage, carrot, Chinese wax gourd, coconut, coffee, corn, corn silk, cucumber, grape, hops, Job's-tears, kidney bean, lettuce, mandarin orange, mango, mung bean, muskmelon, onion, pineapple, plum, star fruit, sugar cane juice, water chestnut, watermelon.
Foods: crab apple, cucumber, loquat, mango, muskmelon, persimmon, pineapple.
Foods: muskmelon, star fruit, water chestnut.
Foods: apricot seed (bitter).
Foods: apricot seed (sweet and bitter), kumquat, longevity fruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, thyme.
Foods: guava, sunflower seed.
Relieve Hot Sensations in the Body
Foods: chicken egg white, crab, mung bean, sea grass.
Foods: honey, litchi, spearmint, squash, tobacco.
Foods: abalone, bitter gourd, wild cucumber, freshwater clam, cuttlefish.
Foods: clam (saltwater), kelp, oyster shell, sea grass, seaweed.
Tone up Blood Deficiency
Foods: beef, chicken egg, chicken egg yolk, cuttlefish, milk (human), oyster, spinach.
Tone up Energy Deficiency
Foods: apricot seed (sweet), bean curd, beef, brown sugar, chicken, eel, licorice, maltose, mutton, polished rice, potato, sweet rice, sweet potato.
Tone up the Heart
Foods: coffee, wheat.
Tone up the Kidneys
Foods: black sesame seed, string bean, sword bean, wheat, kidneys.
Tone up the Liver
Foods: black sesame seed, liver.
Tone up the Lungs
Foods: Job's-tears, milk (cow's).
Tone up the Spleen
Foods: beef, carp (gold), ham, horse bean, hyacinth bean, Job's-tears, polished rice, potato, string bean, sweet potato, yellow soybean.
Tone up the Stomach
Foods: beef, hops, milk (cow's), rosemary.
Foods: apple, ginseng, strawberry.
Warm up the Internal Regions
Foods: black pepper, chicken, chive roots, clove, fennel, ginger (dried), green pepper, mutton, nutmeg, red pepper, sword bean, white pepper.
Understanding the common actions of foods and their effects on the body can help individuals make informed decisions about their diets. By incorporating foods that promote specific actions, one can support overall health and well-being.