Hi there. I'm slowly making the transition from vegan to superhero. I'm wondering if anyone out there is familiar with traditional chinese medicine. Since doing acupuncture, I've been found to be 'liver stagnant.' Are there foods in particular that help to move qi when it comes to the liver? I've also heard that eating warm foods and drinking warm drinks helps with this. Any advice on this would be appreciated! Thanks superheros :)
I'm training in acupuncture at the mo :) Are you in the UK or the States? I have a book called 'Healing With whole Foods' by Paul Pitchford. It's great for people like us who are obviously interested in nutrition and macro as well as TCM. After a quick look this is what it suggests to stimulate the liver out of stagnancy, which may not all be completely macro: moderately pungent foods, spices, and herbs: watercress,all members of onion family, tumeric, basil, bay leaf, cardamom, cumin, marjoram, loads of other herbs. Also beets, taro root, sweet rice, amasake, strawberry, peach, cherry, chestnut, pine nut, and brassicas- cabbage, turnip, kohlrabi, cauli, broccoli and brussel sprouts :) Have fun with that lot! I think the 'warmness' helps like you said as you need to keep it all moving. If you're looking at qi stagnation it could be possible that you've over indulged in rich foods and drink and you need to rebalance and flush out? Can you needle yourself? ;)
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