Radish

Radish

radish

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Radish.

Chinese name: 萝卜.

Thermal nature: Cooling. Neutral (after thoroughly cooked)

Flavor: Sweet, pungent.

Organ meridian: Spleen, stomach, lung, large intestine.

Properties: Aid digestion, dissolve phlegm, stops bleeding, encourage urination.

Best for: Use for indigestion, overeating. Relief constipation, heat-type coughing (with yellow phlegm). 

Serving for one person: 30 to 100g.

Dietary caution: People with weak spleen and stomach (loose stools) should avoid eating raw / uncooked radish.

Special note: There are myths saying radish will contradict all chinese medicine, this is not true. Radish is only not compatible with chinese herbs that have energy boosting effects such as ginseng. 

Eggplant

Eggplant

eggplant

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Eggplant.

Chinese name: 茄子.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Spleen, stomach & large intestine.

Properties: Cools body, encourage blood flow and reduce swollenness. 

Best for: Use for blood in stools and relieving ulcers due to heatiness. 

Serving for one person: 15 to 30g.

Dietary caution: People with yang deficiency and qi deficiency should avoid eating eggplant.

Cucumber

Cucumber

cucumber

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Cucumber.

Chinese name: 黄瓜.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Spleen, stomach & lung.

Properties: Cools the body, encourage urination, detox.

Best for: Use for heat-related illness and ease thirst. Also used for water retention and low frequency of urination. 

Serving for one person: Not available.

Dietary caution: People who just recovered from illness should avoid eating cucumber.

Luffa

Luffa

Luffa

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Luffa.

Chinese name: 丝瓜.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Lung, liver, stomach and large intestine.

Properties: Cools body and clears phlegm. Cools the blood and detox. 

Best for: Use for removing heatiness and clearing of phlegm. It is also recommended for treating coughing (heat-type). It is used for reliving water retention.

Serving for one person: 60 to 120g.

Dietary caution: People with loose stools and weak kidney should not consume luffa.

Beancurd

Bean curd

bean curd

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Bean curd.

Chinese name: 豆腐.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Spleen, stomach & large intestine.

Properties: Cools the body and detox. Increase fluid production in body and promote energy.

Best for: Use for swollen eye area and coughing (heaty-type)

Serving for one person: Not available.

Dietary caution: People with gout should avoid eating bean curd as it contains Purine.

Millet

Millet

millet

Suitable for the following types of body constitution:

Name: Millet.

Chinese name: 小米.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet, Salty.

Organ meridian: Spleen, stomach & kidney.

Properties: Cools the body, strengthen kidney and detox.

Best for: Use to relief stomach upset and vomit. Relief bloated stomach. It is also use to replenish fluids for stomach and spleen hence, reducing heatiness in both these organs.

Serving for one person: 15 to 30g.

Dietary caution: Avoid eating millet with almonds as it might cause vomit and diarrhea in some people.

Barley

Barley

barley

Suitable for the following types of body constitution:

Name: Barley.

Chinese name: 大麦.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet, Salty.

Organ meridian: Spleen & kidney.

Properties: Strengthen spleen and encourage urination.

Best for: Use to treat bloated stomach and difficulty in urination.

Serving for one person: 30 to 60g.

Dietary caution: People who have cooling body constitution should avoid eating barley. People who have loose stools should avoid it as well. 

Special note: Barley is different from chinese barley. Chinese barley has an additional effect that is beneficial for Phlegm and damp body constitution. 

Wheat

Wheat

wheat

Suitable for the following types of body constitution:

Name: Wheat.

Chinese name: 小麦.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Heart, spleen & kidney.

Properties: Relief thirst, cools the body and mind. Also moisturize organs. 

Best for: Use to treat heatiness in body and heart (mind). It can also be used to stop external bleeding.

Serving for one person: 50 to 100g.

Dietary caution: Overconsuming wheat will lead to obstruction in energy movement in our body. Make sure to consume in moderation.