All foods we consume affect our body in a certain way, particularly in the balance of yin-yang. It is therefore important for the practitioner to understand this and based on the diagnostic of the imbalance of yin-yang in the organ systems, advise the patient to make the necessary adjustments to restore balance.
The foods we consume have a major effect on our body, not only from a nutritional perspective, but more importantly, from a yin-yang balance perspective. The latter is an important aspect of maintaining complete health. Unfortunately modern science, and consequently Western medicine is completely unaware of it. The pricinple is very similar to the four natures of herbs.
The nature of foods and drinks can be classified into hot, warm, cool and cold. Hot foods and drinks increase the Yang or Heat in the body, while cold ones increases the Coldness. Excessive Heat will give symptoms of dry mouth, ulcers in the mouth, flushed face, hot temper or rashes. Coldness presents symptoms of cold extremities (finger and toes), frequent urination, overall feeling of coldness, congestion of the sinuses or tiredness. Heat and Coldness are an important aspect of Yin-Yang balance in the body.
The types of foods and drinks consumed need to be carefully considered to match the needs of the body to maintain a proper balance of Yin and Yang. If the body already has excessive Heat, consumption of Hot foods will throw it fuirther off balance resulting in aggravation of the existing health problems, such as high blood pressure.
Some of these adjustments can be relatively minor, while others may be more involved. If closely followed, these adjustments will speed up the recovery and are going to benefit the patient even long after the treatments are finished. It is an entirely new way of how to treat the body right by giving it what benefits it.