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Dietary Advice

Last updated: 12 February, 2018
by Davina Martin, Chinese Dermatology

We do not believe in strict diets or fads, rather a wide variety of every thing in moderation is acceptable. There has been a long history of dietary therapy in Chinese medicine and all foods possess a certain thermal nature being either cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot. Dietary changes can be helpful in resolving a condition and can also help identify if there are certain foods that are triggers to making a condition worse (or better!).

Generally with skin conditions we want to avoid too many heating and hot natured foods as these can aggravate most conditions.  A general example is to avoid chilli, sugar, alcohol and perhaps too many coffees – these can create more heat (inflammation) in the body and hence more flushing, redness, dryness or itching.

We would also want to add more cooling foods into the diet to help clear heat and this could mean having more leafy greens, salads, cucumbers. Below is a table demonstrating the thermal nature of some foods.

Cold and Cool Neutral Warm and Hot
Watermelon

Cucumber

Lettuce / spouts

Most vegetables if eaten raw

Tofu

 

Rice

Oats

Spelt

Pumpkin

Potatos

Carrots

Corn

Chilli

Ginger

Coffee

Lamb

Alcohol

Shell fish

During a consultation we assess the patient and their condition – from this we can give advice on certain foods that may be helpful and detrimental to their condition. There is no single diet that is suitable for everyone. Like Hipprocates, the Chinese have known the truth of the statement  “let food be thy medicine” for centuries. And as in all endeavours in Chinese medicine finding a balance is the goal.

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