Eating for Healing

Eating for healing is opening you to an entirely new relationship with food.  Often when we eat we do so out of habit, to soothe emotions or stress, or according to beliefs about what is “good” or “bad.”  When you connect to food is it at the level of your mind, your body, or your Spirit?  With awareness and practice you can elevate eating to the level of your intuitive Spirit!

Level 1: Your Stomach, the receiver

The Stomach must process EVERYTHING: food, information, emotions, your ongoing physical/emotional issues.  You want to provide the best conditions to allow your Stomach to do what it does best: receive, digest, process.  

WARM!  The Stomach lives at our core temp and loves to be warm.  When we repeatedly take in cold temerpature drinks and foods we shock the Stomach energy and it has to work to recover.  Switching to room temperature or warm drinks is an easy way to help support your Stomach.  

NO RAW VEGGIES!  When the Stomach recieves raw vegetables including leafy greens (even if they are juiced), it must use its precious energy to “cook" them so they can be absorbed.  Cooking your veggies even for a short time: blanche, boil, steam, bake, saute, whatever will take the “cold edge” off and make them easier to process.  Fruit has a warm essence and does not have to be cooked.  

Listen to your Stomach.  Identify the physical signals of being hungry and being full.  Try to eat to 75% full so you do not over fill the Stomach and waste energy.  

Eat the largest meal earlier in the day and try to not eat after 8 PM. At night our energy needs to turn in to restore deep function.  If you have eaten late, your Stomach will be stuck working the night shift and may even keep you up with insomnia!  

Level 2: Cravings, your body’s wisdom (really!)

Every organ system is associated with a taste or flavor.  When you crave certain foods it is a sign that organ is asking for energetic attention.  When you understand this message, you can make healing snack choices and explore other ways to support your energy through Dragon’s Way Qigong.

Stomach/Spleen: Sweet

Lung/Large Intestine: Spicy

Kidney/Bladder: Salty

Liver/Gallbladder: Sour

Heart/Small Intestine: Bitter

Level 3: Healing Foods according to  Dragon’s Way Qigong and Five Element Theory

When I speak of healing foods, I am not referring to carbohydrates, fats, proteins, or nutrients.  I am referring to the energy or essence of the foods.

Learn more about the specific organs through Organ Function, Emotion, & Spirit: Five Element Consciousness,  the Dragon’s Way Qigong book, and tcmworld.org: In general choosing from this list will help you with picking the highest energy foods.  This list is not limited!  The more you practice the more you will discover for yourself!

Specific foods by organ system:

Kidney/Bladder Foods: cauliflower, fennel, walnuts, black sesame seeds, bee pollen, cinnamon, bone soup, pine nuts, black beans, sesame oil, walnut oil, seafood (especially shellfish such as shrimp/squid/lobster/clams), goji berry, daikon radish, Chinese pearl barley: black, salty foods

Liver/Gall Bladder Foods: eggplant, lemon, bamboo shoots, vinegar, bee pollen, lotus, broccoli rabe, garlic, safflower oil, dandelion greens, ginger, scallions, green pepper, fennel, mung beans, strawberries, mint, goji berry, green apples: green, sour foods

Stomach/Spleen Foods: ginger, tomatoes, mushrooms, scallions, celery, zucchini, Chinese red dates, watermelon, red grapefruit, bamboo shoots, fennel, lotus seed, bee pollen, cinnamon, peanuts, Chinese pearl barley, yellow mung beans, beets, red apples, hawthorn berry, papaya, soy bean curd, sweet potato, butternut squash, chinese pumpkin (aka butter cup squash): yellow/orange, sweet foods 

Heart/Small Intestine Foods: plum tomatoes, Chinese pearl barley, goji berries, bee pollen, broccoli, broccoli rabe, escarole, licorice, watermelon, beets, red apples, red grapes, plum tomatoes: red, bitter foods

Lung/Large Intestine Foods: mushrooms, pears, almonds, honey, ginger, lily bulb, white sesame seeds, mint, chili, chestnuts, scallions, bamboo shoot, daikon radish: white, spicy foods

Level 4: Healing Recipes

Chinese Healing Super Foods: Get to know the three most powerful healing foods in Chinese Medicine: Chinese Pearl Barley, Mung Beans, and Daikon Radish

Check out the data base of healing recipes at TCM World.  The site is easy to use and the recipes are easy to follow / delicious!  

Check out my own adventures in healing recipes by following this link: Indy Healing Center: Healing Recipes.

Food Sensitivities


We have seen a dramatic rise in food sensitivities, in particular gluten intolerance.  Though this is, in part, due to a change in the quality of the food supply, this is NOT the root issue.  At the root of how we digest is the energy of the Stomach/Spleen.  When this energy is strong we will no longer have food sensitivities, even gluten!  All food sensitivity is a sign of imbalance in the Stomach/Spleen and the relationship to other organ systems (see below).  In addition, food senstivities often have an emotional connection.  If you experience sensititivity, reflect on when this began and what you were experiencing in life at the time of onset.  This wisdom alone will help you release the sensitivity!  



Organ Function, Emotion, & Spirit: Five Element Consciousness


indyhealingcenter@gmail.com  Melissa Laborsky, MD 2014