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Yin, Yang and Diet

yinyang.gif (2484 bytes)Shiatsu practitioners often will recommend a change in the diet plan for their customers. In traditional oriental medicine practice, diet is an integral part of the treatment. Various types of foods differ in their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional effects. This energy is split into two parts known as Yin and Yang. Yin is where energy is expanding and yang is where it is contracting. Food can be divided into three main types-those that are 'balanced', and some that are yin and some that are yang.

Yin Foods:
bulletMilk
bulletAlcohol
bulletHoney
bulletSugar
bulletOil
bulletFruit juices
bulletSpices
bulletStimulants
bulletMost drugs (such as aspirin)
bulletTropical vegetables and fruits
bulletRefined foods
bulletMost food additives of a chemical nature.

Yang foods:
bulletPoultry
bulletSeafood
bulletEggs
bulletMeat
bulletSalt
bulletFish
bulletCheese

Balanced foods:
bulletSeeds
bulletNuts
bulletVegetables
bulletCereal grains
bulletBeans
bulletSea vegetables
bulletTemperate fruits (such as apples and pears)

The balance between yin and yang is very important to the body. For example, it plays a major role in the production of hormones such as progesterone, glycogen and insulin and the expansion and contraction of the lungs, etc. A balanced way of eating, mainly from the grains, beans, seeds, nuts and vegetables, etc, is important as this will help to achieve the energy balance in the meridians, organs and chakras. When these two opposing forces of yin and yang are in harmony and balanced, physical and mental health will result.  For an perspective of food from the traditional oriental perspective, refer to our treatment of food from the ayurvedic perspective.)

Related Topics:

Classification of Foods in Ayurveda

Chakra Therapy

Meridians

Acupuncture

Oriental Medicine

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