This is Part Two of the series Support the Shen in which you will find out more about natural therapies, integrated Chinese medicine and integrative medicine treatments (both self-care and practitioner based) for the psychological, emotional and mental manifestations of having liver disease.
The focus today is on diet and nutrition. Please see the previous blogs on diet and hepatitis.
In addition to following basic guidelines for sound nutrition for people with liver disease, these additional dietary recommendations are from Chinese medicine.
*Eat foods that regulate or move Stagnant Qi and motivate stuck energy: basil, bay leaves, beets, black pepper, cabbage, chicken livers (organic please!), coconut milk, garlic, ginger, kelp, leek, nori, peaches, scallions, rosemary. Avoid alcohol, fatty foods, food additives, unnecessary medicines, overindulgence in sweets.
*Eat foods that sedate Excess Liver conditions (Chinese diagnosis): beef, chicken livers, celery, kelp, mussels, nori and plums. Avoid coffee in excess, fried foods, excessively spicy foods, heavy red meat, sugar and sweets.
*Eat foods that help ease Xue Deficiency: oysters, sweet rice, liver, chicken broth. Avoid raw fruit and vegetables, cold liquids or ice.
Look for Part Three of Support the Shen soon!
Yours in health,
Doc Misha (aka Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, L.Ac.)
P.S. * Recipes for a Healthy Liver: Dietary Therapies to Help You Feel Better is a BONUS book you will get when you order my new e-book 7 Key Facts You Must Know To Choose Your Correct Hepatitis C Treatment.