In Chinese Medicine, Blood and Qi have a close interdependent relationship. Both Qi and Blood circulate around the body through the meridians and blood vessels activating and nourishing the tissues.
The quality of our Blood is a measure of the available nourishment circulating in our body. Blood nourishes our muscles, organs, brain – every part of us. Its quality depends on the quality of food we eat, as well as our ability to absorb nourishment.
Blood can be easily improved through diet. As all food forms the basis of Blood, it is recommended to eat well and widely although certain foods will have a stronger effect on the blood (see table below).
|Avoid or reduce||Beneficial foods||Dietary habits, cooking methods and other advice|
|Fatty foods or deep fried foodsProcessed foods or foods with chemicals/additives
Non essential drugs
|Meat or fish in regular, small amounts: Chicken and eggs, pork, lamb or beef, liver (organic), oysters, mussels, cuttlefish, sardines, herringVegetables (preferably cooked): Carrots, spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, beetroots, avocado, black beans, kidney beans, aduki beans, eggplant, glutinous rice
Fruit: dates, lychee, grapes, raisins, cherries, figs, mulberries
Sesame seed, molasses, Chinese angelica
|Chew foods well and eat slowly and in a relaxed environmentEat foods that are good quality, especially when eating liver make sure it is organic
Rest for a while after eating, especially after your main meal of the day
Preferred cooking methods are steaming, boiling, stewing and stir-frying
Raw fruit and vegetables in small quantities only