TCM Nutrition Highlight: Spinach
Spinach is a popular leafy green known for its many nutrients and health benefits. Spinach is rich in non-heme iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, folate, manganese, and vitamin K. It is usually eaten raw, steamed, or sautéed. Spinach is also a popular ingredient in salads, soups, and smoothies due to its nutrition content. It is known to benefit the vision, reduce blood pressure, and reduce oxidative stress.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) proper nutrition is essential to the healing process. TCM Nutrition involves using food to correct imbalances within the body. TCM Nutrition differs from Western nutrition in that it focuses on the energetic qualities of foods instead of their biochemical nature. Foods are selected based on their function, temperature, flavor, and ability to influence a specific organ or channel. Dietary recommendations are made based on the patient’s needs in relation to TCM theory and diagnosis. You can read more about TCM Nutrition here.
According to TCM Nutrition theory, Spinach influences the Lung, Stomach, and Liver channels. It’s cooling in nature and has a sweet flavor. Spinach has the ability to strengthen all organs, build the blood, moisten dryness, stop bleeding, and quench thirst. It also has the ability to cleanse the blood of toxins that cause skin disorders with redness and inflammation.
Spinach can be used to treat constipation, thirst, night blindness, difficult urination, and alcohol intoxication. Its sliding nature helps enable bowel movements and promote urination. Those with loose stools, urinary incontinence, or a history of kidney stones should use caution or avoid the consumption of spinach.
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