Blood-clearing foods don’t just detoxify – that’s a Western concept – they balance your body if you’ve eaten too many blood-building foods.
Balance is always what Chinese medicine is about, given good quality foods.
Because many blood-building foods are also somewhat warming, even heating (ie yang), you’ll find that many of these blood-clearing foods are more yin, somewhat cooling.
Firstly, they support your body’s Stomach Yin reserves. These are the fluids your stomach needs to function properly. Eating them is, for most people, soothing. Your stomach feels comfortable with them, and so do you. Being yin, they help take energy downwards, which means they are less likely to produce reflux or nausea either after eating them, or later.
By the way, everbody is different. I doubt that all the following will suit everyone. You have to find equivalents to those listed if some don’t suit you.
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These, for almost everyone, are comforting foods that your Stomach knows how to digest – cooked, of course!
These are also foods that your Stomach likes and knows what to do with! Cooked, of course!
These sometimes have aromatic qualities which are beneficial.
These blood-clearing foods and herbs are often bitter as well as being somewhat cooling but, where possible, take them cooked and warm:
Use warm (not hot) spices to balance the cold quality of some of the foods and herbs mentioned above:
Every food has many qualities so very few do just one thing. Some of the blood-clearing foods listed above also contain protein, but nothing like as concentrated as in meat, so they are less heating and drying.
Book on Chinese Dietary therapy
The two books by Andrew Sterman listed below give you a real feel for Chinese medicine and how it approaches food as a source of health and disease. I highly recommend them.
Each of the following books also has merits:
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