Blood Stag Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A Blood Stag type (血瘀体质) person tends to experience pains on various part of the body more often than others. This is due to the stagnant of blood in certain areas. His/her lips also seems to be darken in color or close to purple color.

When a person ages, it is common to find blood stagnate or flowing slower in some part of our body. Through time, this creates pain. So the best way to prevent this is to consume food that has blood-flow properties. One tea you can drink often is Hawthorn (山楂) tea. This herb can be found easily in your local TCM shop. All you need to do is to put the Hawthorn in a teapot and pour hot water and drink it for the day.

Some food / herbs that a blood stag type person can consume more are:

  1. Corn
  2. Black bean
  3. Soya bean
  4. Mushroom
  5. Garlic
  6. Onion
  7. Carrot
  8. Ginger
  9. Eggplant

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Cold and frozen food

Additional Tips for Blood Stag Type Person:

You need to keep yourself warm all the time so that your condition will improve. In TCM, there is a phrase 不通则痛, it means when the blood is not flowing smoothly, there will be pain. In addition, blood circulation will slow down if your body is cold. Thus, you should wear extra clothing in cooler environment especially in air conditioned places.

You should also avoid sitting down for long period of time. If possible, take a break and walk or stretch a bit every 30 min of sitting. The best way is to do a set of stretching exercises every hour to keep your blood flowing smoothly. Combined with the above food suggestion, you will find your condition improve.

Qi Stag Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A Qi Stag type (气郁体质) person tends to be thinner and have a pessimistic nature. You also should not take tonic until your condition improve following the below food / herb suggestion.

The main soup you can drink is white radish. It is inexpensive and has great properties in breaking qi out of stagnate (破气).

Some food / herbs that a Qi Stag type person can consume more are:

  1. Oats
  2. Garlic
  3. Mushroom
  4. Orange peel (陈皮)
  5. White Radish
  6. Rose tea
  7. Onion

Consume all food in moderation.

Additional Tips for Qi Stag Type Person:

The most important tips for Qi Stag person is to maintain a positive mood at all times. Try to take part in group activities that you have some interest and make more friends especially who are more positive. Listen to light-hearten music and go for natural walk as often as you can to appreciate nature.

Tropical Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

Tropical type (湿热体质) people often lives in Tropical countries like Singapore and in other parts of Asia. A Tropical type person is more prone to acne (even in adulthood), and often has an oily face too like water stag type. In additional, Tropical type person tends to have a heaty body nature. You should consume more food that has cooling properties.

Some food / herbs that a Tropical type person can consume more are:

  1. Red bean
  2. Green bean
  3. Barley (from China, not from Holland)
  4. Winter Melon
  5. Bitter gourd
  6. Cucumber
  7. Lotus Root
  8. Corn

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Spicy and deep fried food
  2. Mutton
  3. Ginger
  4. Garlic

Additional Tips for Tropical Type Person:

Besides exercising regularly, you should avoid sleeping late (after 11pm). Sleeping earlier can help your body to achieve the nature balanced state. If you just change your lifestyle to exercise regularly and sleeping earlier, you will see a huge improvements in how you feel day to day.

Do your best to avoid spicy food because it will feed the ‘heat’ inside your body and make you feel worse in long-term. Your priority is to reduce the ‘heat’ and dampness (湿) inside your body. When you are outside eating dessert or cooking at home, choose green bean and red bean soup over others. If you are choosing beverage, choose China barley drink over others. If you are eating, choose melon-type (winter melon, bitter gourd, cucumber, pumpkin, Loofah, old cucumber etc) of vegetables as they are proven to reduce the dampness in your body. TCM believe 百病多由痰作祟, 怪病从痰治 – this means that many illness are caused by long term dampness in body so do your best to reduce it by following the above advice.

In addition, try to listen to relaxing music to keep you in the relaxed state most of the time. Avoid feeling anxious and frustrated as these feelings will feed the ‘heat’ inside your body.

Water Stag Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A person who is water stag type (痰湿体质) often find his / her face oily. You will also notice that you might have phlegm at times. This is due to the liquid / water you consume has not been effectively converted into nutrients and it stored unnecessarily in your body.

Some food / herbs that a water stag type person can consume more are:

  1. Red bean
  2. Barley (from China, not from Holland)
  3. Rice (from China, known as 大米, not from Thailand)
  4. Garlic
  5. Onion
  6. Radish
  7. Ginger
  8. Chinese yam  (山药)
  9. Lotus seed

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Oily food
  2. BBQ and grilled food
  3. Sweet food such as dessert

Additional Tips for Water Stag Type Person:

The best way to regulate your body back to the balanced state is to exercise moderately. And do bear in mind that after you exercise and perspire, do not take shower immediately. You should only take shower after you stop sweating.

Another tip for you is to eat slower and have more bits before you swallow your food. This will allow your digestive system to break down your food easier instead of worsen your condition.