Warming and cooling characteristics of common foods

Warming and cooling characteristics of common foods

Each type of food has its own unique characteristics. Since ancient times, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have used the warming and cooling nature of foods to balance the body’s yin and yang – to prevent and treat disease.

The ancient Chinese medicine practitioners discovered that most foods have either cooling or warming characteristics. When you eat cooling foods, they are adding cooling effects to your body and eating warm foods will add warming effects to your body. Therefore, warming and cooling foods can be used to balance the body which may be deficient in yin or yang.

Chinese medicine has categorised many common foods into three thermal natures:

1) Cooling foods
2) Warming foods
3) Balanced, neutral foods (neither cool nor warm)

1) Effects of cooling foods

Cooling food has effects of clearing heat and toxins, cooling and calming the blood and nourishing yin. These types of food are suitable for people who have heat constitution of the body. Usually these people have the following symptoms: The body feeling hot, perspiration, thirst, constipation, pungent odourous wind and stools, burning of the anus area after bowl movement, anxiety, red eyes, red face, emotional, head aches, vivid dreams, ulcers in the mouth or tongue, cold sores around the mouth, red tongue with a thick yellow coating on the tongue, rapid pulse, heart burn and dark or yellow urine.

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, the following cooling foods are suitable to be eaten:

Cooling foods

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Bok Choi
Bitter Gourd
Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan)
Chinese cabbage
Daikon (Chinese Radish)
Leafy Green Vegetables
Seaweed (Kelp)
Winter Melon
Mung Beans
Soy Beans
Chamomile Tea
Chrysanthemum Tea
Coconut Water
Green Tea
Lemon Water
Peppermint Tea

2) Effects of warming foods

Warming foods have the effects of raising the yang, energy (qi) of organs and warming and improving the circulation and dispelling the cold. These types of food are suitable for people who are yang deficient. Usually with the following symptoms; cold hand, cold feet, cold body, diarrhea, stomach pains or discomfort after eating or drinking cold things, bloating after eating, lack of energy, sore joints, oedema and fluid retention.

If you have any of the following symptoms listed above, it is suitable to eat more of the following warming foods:

Warming foods

Fruits Vegetables Nuts, Seeds & Spices Meat, Seafood & Dairy Beverages
Chinese Red Dates
Spring Onion
Prawns (Shrimp)
Venison (Deer)
Black Tea
Ginger Tea
Jasmine Tea
Pu’er Tea
Wine & Spirits

3) Foods which are neither warm nor cold, and are suitable for any type of body;

Neutral foods

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Goji Berries
Black Fungus Mushrooms
Shiitake Mushroom
Sweet Potato
White fungus
Adzuki Bean
Black Sesame Seed
Black Soybean
Broad Bean
Kidney Bean
Lotus Seed
Rice bran
String Bean
Sunflower seed
White Rice
Yellow Soybean
Cow’s Milk
Peanut Oil

The food we eat every day affects our body’s balance. In the clinic we find that many diseases are caused, or made worse by eating the wrong foods. Therefore it is important to know your own body’s constitution so you can find out what foods are best for you. If you do not know your constitution you can make a visit to an experienced TCM practitioner to find out.

Traditional Chinese medicine also believes that during different seasons we should eat more certain cooling or warming foods which can help to combat the changing weather. As Chinese medicine also considers that the human body and health are associated with the environment, so changes in the weather can affect our body and therefore our health.

For example, in summer, it is very hot and dry, which can cause the body to acquire heat and can dry out our body leading to dry skin, constipation and lack of fluid in the body. Thus if we eat more cooling food, it can balance the body which has been attacked by the hot summer.

Usually we suggest you to eat local seasonal fruit and vegetables as they are most suitable for the body during a particular season.

Food as medicine (A disclaimer)

Our “food as medicine” articles share knowledge about health foods in the context of traditional Chinese medicine diet therapy and practices often dating back thousands of years. We also support this knowledge with references to published scientific research. Please keep in mind that scientific research into the health benefits of foods is still emerging and human research is limited.

Consuming a wide variety of natural foods as part of a balanced diet is most beneficial for health, however, we don’t advise using food alone to treat diseases. Please consult with your doctor or health professional about which foods are suitable for your body or health issues.

What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from scientific studies, systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Cold & Hot Foods.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific research on Cold & Hot Foods. It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.

Food Research International

2021, Apr 5

New insights into molecular mechanisms of "Cold or Hot" nature of food: When East meets West
Food Research International

This review explored that the cold and hot natures are not only linked to the chemical components such as water, carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids, but also correlated to the biological effects, comprising of energy metabolism, inflammation response, oxidation reaction, immune response, and cell growth and proliferation. Besides, this review further put forward the possibility that cold-hot nature of food and Chinese medicine exert different biological effects on the inflammatory response via regulating the signaling pathways viz. NF-κB and MAPK. More extensive studies are needed to consider the overall connections between both the biological effects and chemical components and how food processing affects the cold-hot nature of the food.

Zhou Y, Xu B. Full Article

Journal of Agriculture and Food Research

2020, Dec

Relationship between food composition and its cold/hot properties: A statistical study
Journal of Agriculture and Food Research

The results indicate vitamins (B6, folate, and VA) are among the most important influencing factors. Logit functions were developed to evaluate the hot and cold characteristics of a food based on its compositional data. The obtained information from this study is expected to enhance the understanding of the link between food composition and its cold/hot properties which may provide another method to evaluate the food diet and their health effect.

A. Xie, H. Huang, F. Kong Full Article

Scholar Works at UT Tyler

2019, Dec 16

The "active ingredients" of Yin, Yang and Neutral food and the effect of these nutrients on improving and maintaining health
Scholar Works at UT Tyler University of Texas at Tyler

Based on the statistical analytic results, calories, dietary fiber, fat, retinol, and vitamin C were found to possibly determine the effect of Yin-Yang properties of foods on human health. The influence of these nutrients on the human body was partially consistent with the function of Yin, Yang and neutral foods recorded in traditional Chinese medicine.

Jingle Xu Full Article

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  • mikey

    hmm ? What about sugar? Cooling , warming or neutral ?

    27 June, 2011
    • John

      Warming plus sugar is Toxic; something that should avoided as much as possable

      9 December, 2015
    • Mikey Chai

      My name is mikey too!!!

      29 November, 2016
  • mossles

    Just learnt about cooling and warm foods from our Chinese Doctor last night. What would bread be (since it is processed I am not sure where it would be categorised)….

    11 February, 2012
  • Rick

    What happens when you combine warming and cooling foods? If, for example, you add warming spices to cooling foods?

    16 February, 2012
  • Jasmine

    Old people says eat cabbage will create wind and also people who has thyroid can not eat cabbage, is it true?

    16 March, 2012
  • wei ling

    The chinese doctor says I have problem of heatiness, coldness, as well as dampness in my body right now. what food should i eat?

    14 May, 2012
  • erika

    my blood is overheating and causes painful,itchy rash, i have cravings for sweet foods like chocolate and liqorice and also coffee . Im sure these are not good for my condition . What foods would yo recommend . I thought i wold need cooling foods but dont have any of the symptons for such…thank you

    2 June, 2012
  • Zoe

    Would acne also be realated to too much heat on the body?
    If so, could you eat cooling foods to combat it?
    Or is it to do with toxins?

    17 June, 2012
  • Tatiana

    I have migrain, nausea and dizzyness for over three weeks now, my Chinese doctor told me that i could have problems with my kidneys or some heart desease that doesnt allow a good circulation of my blood through my body causing the symptoms, also i suffer from cold hand and heavy menstrual pain. he said that i should look more about warm foods but im not really sure where to start? :/

    12 July, 2012
  • Amy

    I am currently dealing with Gu syndrome (candida, anxiety, muscle aches, hormonal migraines, painful cramps) per my D.O.M. I see that green tea is cooling. I am currently drinking white tea made from organic loose leaf. Is it, too, cooling? If so, is there anything I could add to balance it? And / or is white tea beneficial to drink for my condition? Thank you!

    24 September, 2012
  • Brooke

    Hello. My daughter has been suffering from migraine/epilepsy symptoms for some time. She also frequently feels problem breathing and heart palpitations and feels her throat is blocked during these times. I read your description of hot and cold constitutions and I think she has strong symptoms of both. Our friend did acupressure on her yesterday on the heart and lung points and she improved very quickly. The problems get worse because she panics once the symptoms start. He said she needs all warming foods. He says she has blockages everywhere and all her points are painful. So I am confused about only giving her the warming foods. He said the lung and heart are affected by her kidneys and adrenals. And because her menstrual hasn’t started yet and feels heaviness in the lower abdomen,,,her body is too weak to start that happening. She is 12 years old. I’m confused about what foods are best now.

    8 October, 2012
  • Michelle

    I have been advised to cool my body to aid my heart. Can you recommend any recipes or books which would be beneficial? Besides ingesting cooling foods and drinks are there other things I could do to aid the cooling? Also I have a small white bump on my tongue which won’t go away and had cancer four years ago – do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

    8 October, 2012
  • Yasir

    Hi, i want to know what is the best way to consume cooling food, should it be boiled or fried, does both ways consist their cooling effects or does frying vegetables decrease its cooling affects.
    Also i m old patient of Psoriasis n Acne, pimples n white/black heads, what is the best diet for me. please guide me in this regard.



    17 October, 2012
  • carmen

    I’m currently 11 weeks pregnant and my parents have been telling me not to eat watermelon, bananas, cantelope, and honeydew because it is not good for the baby. Is there any truth to this as they also mentioned something about the fruit being ‘cool’.

    10 March, 2013
  • ELTer

    I have had hypothalamic amenorrhea for one year. The acupuncture doctors I’ve seen tell me I need to eat more meat, more warming foods, not exercise (beyond gentle yoga), and not stress nor worry.

    Where do raw walnuts, wheat bread, cookies, Honey Bunches of Oats cereal, and dark chocolate fall – cooling, neutral, or warming?

    12 March, 2013
  • Cheryl

    What a wonderful site! Thank you for your most helpful information!
    I don’t have an ailment, I don’t think, but struggle with staying up VERY LATE… often until 3-4 a.m. I do get a full 8 to 9 hours of sleep but wonder what is “off” in my body prompting me to want to stay up so late. Is this thyroid or adrenal related or something else. Suggestions?
    Thank you!

    13 March, 2013
  • ELTer

    Is this tea overall warming, neutral, or cooling?
    “Rooibos Safari Spice” from Celestial Seasonings, with these ingredients:
    rooibos, hibiscs, cinnamon, natural sweet piquante pepper flavor, soy lecithin, blackberry leaves, allspice, cardamon, ginger, roasted chicory, cloves, and banana.

    27 April, 2013
  • Thank you so much for this GREAT information! Is there an in-depth resource that you would recommend that lists a broader list of foods that Westerners eat? For instance, I don’t see oatmeal listed above in your chart–and I don’t want to bug you with question after question as I build my new TCM-inspired menus! Thanks so much, Myann

    24 May, 2013
      • Thanks so much–I will buy them both today! =)

        27 May, 2013
  • amy

    Could you tell me please what kind Of food is better to treat rosacea? Thanks

    27 July, 2013
  • Olga shmidov

    Are kobucha and water grain kefir cooling body and liver?Which food are the best for warm up the liver , muscles and joins?Thank you so much Olga

    8 August, 2013
  • Jenna

    Happened to stumble upon your site by accident while looking for some remedies in TCM. What a great site !

    I read that one must eat warming food if one is said to suffer from deficient yang energy of the lung with cold syndrome if the following symptoms appear : itchy nose with sometimes itchiness around the eyes, copious discharge of clear, watery liquid from the nose with back drip from the throat, some dizziness on occasions, itchy ears. The foods recommended are royal jelly, red dates, string beans, mutton, job’s tears, longan, yam, grapes, squash, carrots, apple cucumber, cheese etc. But isn’t cheese also a diary and as such, diary is supposed to encourage the production of phlegm ? And rock sugar is mentioned too…..isn’t this a refined food ? Hope my comment and questions are not too burdensome to you. Thank you.

    16 August, 2013
  • jenna

    I have what is generally known as chronic rhinitis sinusitis ( copious discharge of clear, watery liquid and back drip from the throat, itchy nose, eyes and ears, lethargic fatigue with ‘heavy’ arms and legs, watery eyes) and was told to avoid diary products which will promote phlegm. Is free range eggs banned from the list of foods to be consumed ? I have avoided stuff like ice cream, butter, cream, etc. Can eggs still be part of the menu for sufferers of RS since I find eggs to be a convenient complete food and easy to consume. Is the above symptoms reflect deficient yang energy of the lung with cold syndrome as described by TCM? Is it due only to the problems of the lungs ? what about the stomach and the spleen ?

    I also avoid most tea which has caffeine as it affects sleeping. But Reebios Tea is fine but is this alright for those with Rhinitis Sinusitis ? Also, some articles in TCM mentioned to avoid oranges as this is also phlegm forming. Would appreciate some answers to some of the above questions. Thank you.

    17 August, 2013
  • Nove

    Hello ,
    I have problem with raising Phlegm into my troath , the feeling is like having a “hair” into my throat, and everytime i drink nothing happen im still dry in the throat and the body produces a lot of Phlegm.

    in the last five days i have been eating 90% of fruit ( 6 banana and different tropical fruit + cooked meal for dinner), and especially the last day when the problem came out i ate a nearly rotten papaya from the fridge (so very cold) and i think that is the big mistake…
    plus i live in a very humid place.
    my Phlegm is not yellow or green is no color.

    So i would like to know how can i restore the balance , wich food i should eat and why, to remove this problem?

    thanks a lot :)


    6 September, 2013
  • Leslee

    Can diet help my recurring corneal erosion heal? I am getting accupuncture & taking chinese herbs.
    Apparently the problem is related to my liver.

    1 November, 2013
  • Jennifer

    Hi, I know from my study of TCM that the cooking method also affects the TCM “temperature” of a food, deep oil-frying adding the most “heat,” steaming the least, etc. I’m writing to find out where drying/dehydrating at low temperatures falls on that scale. I have a chronic deficiency condition of the spleen and have been instructed to avoid raw, cold foods. I like to prepare some foods by dehydrating them at 120 degrees F for 12-24 hours. Does this add heat and remove the harmful cold from foods?

    2 November, 2013
  • atarah

    I wondered if Pistachio nuts are heating or cooling or neutral…

    thank you…..

    18 November, 2013
    • Ping Ming Health

      Pistachio nuts are warm in nature according to Chinese medicine.

      10 December, 2013
  • Neha


    I went to see a Chinese Herbalist, and he mentioned that I have spleen and liver issues. In addition , I should avoid raw foods. That was it, and I was seen out. I think he mentioned to avoid cold foods? Does this mean I can still eat the food on your warn/neutral list?


    19 November, 2013
  • Hi I am 41 years old and have been having night sweats that make me feel very cold at night. In the past acupuncture and TCM have stopped the sweats. I have been experiencing these sweats on and off since I am 31. During the day I am often feeling cold and have chills and cold hands. I was wondering if I could eat cooling foods to stop the night sweats? Or would I try warming foods since during the day I often feel chilly? Currently my diet contains more warming foods than cooling foods. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you

    29 December, 2013
  • Geoff Davies

    Hi, where is steamed rice on the hot/cold continuum?

    1 January, 2014
  • Katie

    I have just been to see a Chinese Herbalist today and he said that I have a very low liver and kidney pulse and had started early menopause symptoms. I am to eat cold foods. Which foods in this category would you strongly recommend? Thanks Katie

    7 January, 2014
  • Mirian

    Will eating cooling foods and avoiding warming foods help with my menopausal night sweats and daytime flashes? Or is this an entirely different condition for such foods to help?

    28 January, 2014
  • Nia

    What a wonderful article! Everything was presented in a truly informative, clear and precise manner! Thank you!

    1 February, 2014
  • jeevan

    hello i have problem of bleeding from nose when i feel hot and so dry my nose so what types of food can i eat??

    5 February, 2014
  • HM

    I just started seeing a TCM doctor for my fertility issue. I’m drinking herbal tea prepared by the doctor but boiled by me at home. I am instructed not to consume any cold foods while drinking the tea. I’m assuming that’s the “cooling foods” referred to above? I also have IBS, am lactose intolerant and can’t digest i.e. whole wheat, oatmeal. I have 2 questions: 1) With all my food restrictions and this new one re: cold foods what do you suggest I eat that is nutritious and satisfying? 2) is there something you can recommend for a fertility diet that conforms to all these restrictions? Many thanks.

    7 February, 2014
  • Lynsey

    Hi, I have a problem of getting very hot at night,
    I sleep with window open even in winter and have feet out of bed.
    From your list I am eating mainly cool and neutral foods already
    But is there something else I can try?
    Love your site
    Regards Lynsey

    15 February, 2014
  • Ava

    hi there,
    what happens if you cook some of the foods considered warming but eat them cold. I have hypothyroidism and have been told to eat warming foods. I make soup out of the warm food list but generally eat them cold. Does that defeat the purpose? thanks

    10 April, 2014
      • Ava

        thanks so much for replying. I will keep on trying to increase my warm foods. I appreciate it. And any other words of wisdom for Hashimoto’s would be appreciated.

        17 April, 2014
  • Dear Ping Ming,
    My boyfriend drinks a lot of water each day (around 120 ounces), yet he still feels thirsty and dehydrated. What foods might be contributing to his feeling dehydrated? Most recently he has been trying to add a little celtic sea salt to the water he drinks because he heard from others that that might help his body absorb the water. Because of this, he does *not* add salt to his foods when he cooks, and he eats mostly freshly home-cooked meals. He very rarely eats food out (at restaurants), and rarely eats foods with preservatives. He doesn’t do a lot of strenuous work either. At his job, he is on his feet for 10 hours at a time (with 1 hour break in the middle), for three days a week.
    He eats a lot of eggs; are they dehydrating?
    I LOVE your website and appreciate all your advice!

    21 April, 2014
  • Jennifer

    ELTer, I saw your message and just had to reply. I had this same problem really bad. Dying of thirst all night long, would wake up to guzzle water (almost a half gallon by morning), only to wake up so dehydrated that my eyelids were sticking to my eyes!

    I was on a healthy (or so I thought) low salt diet. I didn’t think that was an issue, because I did get more than the minimum RDA for salt (240mg). But by chance I discovered that salt helped and dramatically increasing my salt intake solved my problem after almost three years of dehydration hell!

    I tried the salt after reading a scientific article about vasopressin, a hormone that regulates thirst and fluid absorption in the body. Salt deficiency was mentioned as a contributor to vassopressin dysfunction, as was overconsumption of diuretics. Green tea is a diuretic, and I was drinking a lot of it at the time, again thinking I was being healthy!

    You know what they say– everything in moderation. I hope this helps your boyfriend!

    23 April, 2014
  • Dear Jennifer,

    Thank you for your message! How did you consume salt to fight off the vassopresin dysfunction? Did it seem to matter whether you were getting salt by mixing it into water, or just adding it to foods, or…?

    I will be sure to tell my boyfriend so that he can look into this!


    23 April, 2014
    • Jennifer

      It didn’t seem to matter how I had it. I just made sure I got a lot more–went from about 300mg daily to maybe 2g? Dramatic improvement within days, then steady improvement and fixed the problem completely in about 4 months. My MD was clueless about this, BTW. He told me I had “polydipsia” and that the only known cause was intentional over-drinking of water. He accused me of drinking the water on purpose to lose weight and tried to put me on an antidepressant! Doctors can be useless sometimes. I had to find that study myself!

      24 April, 2014
  • Harshit Dang

    I am 16 years old and i have some white hair. I think its because of the warmness or coolness of my stomach! Please advise me on the food i should eat to stop and prevent these white hairs from coming!

    22 October, 2014
  • sunny

    I have been seeing an amazing TOM doctor. I have osteoarthritis and severe back and joint problems. Recently, I have been nauseous with moderate to severe, sometimes migraine, headaches. I had cupping and acupuncture treatment today. And was prescribed herbs. My doctor wants me to avoid all cold food and drinks for the next week. He suggests room temperature or cooked foods only. I am a bit confused as I have been eating mung beans and he said they were not good for me at this time. I eliminated gluten and alcohol from my diet about 5-6 months ago. Also he stated that my liver pulse was week today. My question is: should I focus on cooling foods this week? And, are there any books you can recommend to help me better understand TOM food and health relationships? I just found this site and I plan to visit it often. Thank you for your time

    24 October, 2014
  • Amy

    If one is using essential oils and is using Lemon for example….it the oil also going to be cooling….or just the lemon itself?

    13 November, 2014
  • Erin

    I have migraine and tension headaches 10-12 days a month. The migraines are the worst around my menstrual cycle. No preventative drugs have worked. Acupuncture has helped a little bit. However, during menstruation I still get a 4 or 5 day headache that takes me out of work. My vision is blurred. I have dizzy spells sometimes. I am irritable and emotional. But mostly, my head just hurts! Any advice on which foods I should eat?

    24 January, 2015
  • Paul

    My son has some Tics disorder. Now he is making some throat clearance sound every time. Before this he used to jerk his head. It’s not continuous every time. Sometimes it will disappear for couple of months. He started this almost three years before and he is 11 years old now. Can you please tell me, is it treatable ? Or please give me some advise about the treatment, then I can discuss with the TCM doctor. Or can you suggest any doctor in Brisbane.

    26 January, 2015
  • Be'Linda

    I’m 56 years of age going through menapouse and do not want to take medications my symptoms are so terrace it’s almost unbearable. Can you suggest a diet and or herbs to help me calm down and cool down?

    28 February, 2015
  • Alice

    I had shingles in early Feb on my left arm. Now healed but my skin is very
    sensitive and feeling itchy and my arm is weak.
    What food should I eat or avoid for speedy recovery?

    1 March, 2015
  • Atukana

    Seeing the symptoms of cold/hot body I see I’m mostly ‘hot’ (erspiration, thirst, constipation, pungent odourous wind and stools, emotional, head aches, vivid dreams, anxiety) but also ‘cold’ components (bloating after eating, lack of energy, sore joints, oedema and fluid retention). Especially my stomach(region) is very cold, also to the touch. My ‘cravings’ are mostly to the literally warm foods (warm soup for instance).

    What would be recommended?

    20 April, 2015
  • Grace

    Hi, I often feel hot and perspire easily. Walking half a km distance will perspire as though i have run a few km. I do exercise one to three times a week. My face will be quite red after i exercise, this should be normal? I am quite a energetic type of person.

    But I am afraid of cold as well, if I am still not moving, like sleeping or siting in a air-con room, I easily feel cold, my hands will be cold then.

    I am not too sure i am more yin or yang? what kind of food will help, is there a way to help to cool my body especially reduce perspiration. I have tried to cut down drinking cold drinks.

    i have quite sensitive lungs, i will have bad cough if the area is dusty or too smoky, if it get worst i may have chest pain, I need to leave the place. Is there a way to help improve.

    thank you so much of your time. have a great day.

    28 April, 2015
  • Casey

    My health began to suffer when Summer arrived last year. Since then, i had a face that comes and go and my body started to get so hot, I would tire more easily and being out in the sun, I started getting acne. In humdity and higher temperature, i started getting worse. Now the acne has affected skin around my lip and neck. Anything I can do to relieve this discomfort? I feel when winter hits, my body gets cold with the lower temperatures too and my skin starts drying out too quickly


    4 May, 2015
  • Alex

    I suffer from acid reflux and also from irritable bowel. This is challenging because meat and some fatty food give me reflux but carbohydrates normally give me inflammation and gas, so its really hard for me too get proteins from grains. What type of diet would you suggest? Any chinese herbals that might help? I practice qi-gong and that helps a bit. Hope you can answer. Warm regards.

    6 May, 2015
  • Lauren

    Hi there,

    I have been suffering with nausea and constipation for three months now and have been to see a doctor but there is nothing medically wrong with me. I tend to have a warm disposition and feel hungry all the time even after eating. I also bloat a lot and have a lot of wind. I was wondering if you could tell me what you thought?

    8 May, 2015
  • Paul

    Thank for your reply. Can you please suggest a practitioner in Brisbane, who have experience in the treatment of Tic disorder. i tried a lot, but couldn’t find. Appeecited your help.

    30 June, 2015
  • Cheryl

    I’m a little confused on the proper to time to do things. For example, should a person do a cardio workout when the heart is “high” (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or should that be a resting period for the heart?
    How about doing something stressful….during the kidney period or no?
    Thank you in advance!

    4 October, 2015
  • Angie

    Hi Ping,

    I recently seeing an acupunturist for my heat flush. She says I have stress and circulation symptoms. She gave me herbal medicines plus acupunture. My question is while I’m taking herbal meds, can I also consume probiotic? Do you know if this interfere with the herbal meds? Thank you for your help.

    25 March, 2016
  • Scott Lau

    Hi, My 6 year old daughter has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour. what food would you recommend for her to eat. thanks Scott

    1 May, 2016
  • Li

    Love your website. I just visited my TCM doc and he said that I need to take warm food for my high blood pressure. I am confused as I read in some website that high blood pressure is a result of too much warm food? But I had been told the opposite? Confused…

    29 July, 2016
  • YT


    How about regulating menstrual period? I have cold hands and feet. Do i have to take warming food? Does cooling food cause irregular periods?

    2 August, 2016
  • Alicia

    We are 17 years married and tried to conceive. I am 42 years old. My husband had years ago acupuncture to improve his sperm quality. I menstruate regularly after 27 days, I don’t know, if I ovulate. But what I know for sure is that I am really disappointed, because we didn’t manage it.
    What can I do to stay fertile, to improve my fertility?

    8 September, 2016
  • Suzie

    Hi I ate a few pieces of pineapple last night and had a stomach ache then diarrhoea before bed time. Once I woke up in the morning I did another 5 diarrhoeas. I feel very lethargic now. Can someone tell me what’s going on inside? Tia.

    20 September, 2016
  • Tony Serneels

    Dear Ping Wang,

    I’m suffering from blood stagnation and have very low energy. I also don’t feel quite well in my body due to dampness and the lack of energy. I want to get rid of my purple circles around my eyes and get a healthy skin color.

    What should i eat?

    3 October, 2016
  • val

    hello i wanted to ask will this help with weight loss, i have always had weight loss problems since my early pre-teen years and in my mid-teens i notice i started to loss a lot of hair ( still am loosing a lot of hair and had tried many different methods) and still have trouble with acne and oil face and hair. i just would like to hear any suggestions or thoughts on this.

    7 November, 2016
  • Olga

    Just have a consultation with nutritionist, my saliva and urine are very alkaline, apparently it’s bad for me. I have often urine infections, because of alkaline urine. Nutritionist told me add acidic food into my diet, more meat. But now I feel I have too much heat, I have cold sore.
    What would you suggest?

    28 November, 2016
  • Pavan

    If i am suffering from common cold, which kind of foods(Solids and Beverages) (Warming/Cooling) should i eat and which ones should i stay away from?
    Also, in which category does YOGURT fits?

    29 November, 2016
  • Kiah

    I have eczema and have ever since i was born, i had a consultation 3 days ago and was prescibed long dan xie gan wan for too much heat in my liver, he told me to avoid red meat.

    I have found out according to TCM, i am eating way too much yang foods. But i was wondering if i should cut out all yang foods, and just have yin and balanced foods until my next consultation (next week) or am i able to have a little bit of yang foods without it causing irritation?

    4 December, 2016
  • jennifer

    Ping, I enjoy reading. I was told by doc today i need to cool down stomach. no spicy, citrus, lamb, chicken, also from stress and liver i have few issues. whats best for liver and stress level is high. thank you

    4 December, 2016