The five flavours of bal­ance

Good Health Choices - - Be Nourished -

Be­yond the en­ergy prop­er­ties of yin and yang, TCM cat­e­gorises foods by their flavour rather than nu­tri­tional con­tent.

“Each flavour cor­re­sponds to a dif­fer­ent in­ter­nal or­gan, and by adding that taste to your meal it di­rects qi to that or­gan as a way to keep it func­tion­ing op­ti­mally,” ex­plains Dr Cass. “Sim­i­larly, emo­tions and thoughts also di­rectly im­pact the or­gans, so based on what’s hap­pen­ing emo­tion­ally this can in­di­cate dishar­mony in the re­lated or­gan.

“This aware­ness can be used to treat di­etary de­fi­cien­cies like crav­ings, but also recog­nise emo­tional im­bal­ances. For ex­am­ple, sweet crav­ings in­di­cate that there’s an im­bal­ance in the di­ges­tive sys­tem and out­bursts of anger, pre­men­strual symp­toms or breast ten­der­ness com­mu­ni­cate that the liver is not happy. So, ac­cord­ingly, if there’s ex­cess or de­fi­ciency, the or­gan and emo­tion can be treated with the equiv­a­lent flavour,” she says.

“There­fore, eat­ing a bal­ance of all five flavours can help main­tain home­osta­sis in the body, but you can also fo­cus briefly on a par­tic­u­lar flavour to have an ef­fect on a cer­tain dis­ease or symp­tom,” adds Kim.

Salty

This flavour con­nects to the kid­ney and blad­der, and re­lates to fear. Best foods: Hi­malayan salt, sea­weed, olives, soy, salty ham.

Sweet

This con­nects to the spleen and stom­ach and re­lates to worry.

Best foods: Most fruits, rice, bar­ley, honey, some meat, legumes, some starchy veg­eta­bles.

Pun­gent

This flavour con­nects to the lungs and large in­tes­tine and re­lates to grief and sad­ness.

Best foods: Gar­lic, onion, gin­ger, basil, turmeric, fen­nel, nut­meg, mus­tard greens, radish, pep­per­mint, cloves, white and black pep­per.

Sour

This con­nects to the liver and re­lates to anger.

Best Foods: Lemon, sour greens, spinach, pars­ley, mint, vine­gar, sauer­kraut, sour­dough bread, tomato, fer­mented foods.

Bit­ter

This con­nects to the small in­tes­tine and heart, and re­lates to joy.

Best foods: Al­falfa, pa­prika, teas, kale, lemon peel, cof­fee, grape­fruit, bit­ter greens.

‘EACH FLAVOUR COR­RE­SPONDS TO

A DIF­FER­ENT IN­TER­NAL OR­GAN AND BY ADDING THAT TASTE TO YOUR MEAL IT DI­RECTS QI TO THAT OR­GAN’

‘This aware­ness can be used to treat di­etary de­fi­cien­cies’

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