Foods for the Heart

We have already covered the Foods for the Liver, so the next organ system is the Heart.  In Traditional Oriental Medicine, Summertime is associated with the Heart and Small Intestine.  The color of the Heart system is red and the flavor is spicy, so small amounts of foods with these characteristics are often used to treat disharmonies of the Heart system, such as anxiety, insomnia, irritability, cardiovascular problems and hypertension.  Fresh, cooling foods in season right now, such as lettuce and basil, are also very beneficial for cooling the body in the hottest months.  It’s important to have a clear understanding of your Chinese diagnosis before making any major dietary changes.  Many licensed acupuncturists use nutritional consultation as part of their plan of care.

(Co-Written by Abigail Morgan, L.Ac and Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac. of FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts; image by Jacqueline, all rights reserved.)