Oriental Nutrition—the second branch of Oriental Medicine—is based on the same theory as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, therefore can increase organ function, blood circulation, or energy circulation. Using it properly will also increase response to care. The basic premise is two-fold: first, eat the correct food for your constitution. Second, eat the proper food for the season. This all comes from a wonderful school of thought in Oriental Medicine called the “Five Element Theory.”
To stimulate spleen and stomach function, eat foods from the Earth element (which correspond to the season of late summer): foods that are sweet, yellow or orange. For example, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, free-range organic beef or beets.
Sweet cravings can indicate stomach and spleen deficiency.
Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.