Heal My Pet Natural Healing for Longevity and Health

Chinese Medicine (TCM)

October 13, 2013 / by Faerie DogMother

Chinese Medicine has been practiced for thousands of years, incorporating food and herbs as medicine and acupuncture to restore balance. Many pet lovers have found acupuncture and diet change is enough to restore a pet to its functional state without resorting to what the western medical community would call the “only option”, usually surgery. Western medicine is quite limited, its roots coming from emergency battlefield triage. They want you to believe differently because they are a business with lots of medicine and treatments to sell. Over 80% of doctors said they would not undergo chemotherapy if they were diagnosed with cancer so why do they recommend it to us? Because it’s all they know, all they have to offer. 

KEY: keep in mind that if someone tells you something is the “only option” they mean it is THEIR only option. It doesn’t have to be yours. 

eat3Food provides the foundation of life and the basic building blocks to our health.  Food has energy and healing powers far beyond anything medicine can offer. 

Food is just as instrumental in maintaining wellness as supplements, medications and surgery. The food we’re feeding our pets impacts their health, mood and general wellbeing. A dramatic improvement in one or all of these areas can be made just by changing their food.

Pets who are on a holistic, natural nutritional program are generally healthier than dogs who are fed a diet of low-end kibble. In Chinese Medicine, food affects the balance of the body.  Humans and pets alike that have a tendency to be hot in nature should be fed cooling foods and those that tend to be cold in nature, warming foods. This is illustrated by how we generally eat certain foods according to each season. For example, we don’t eat stew in the summer and peaches in the winter.

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COOLING FOODS:  Duck, Rabbit, Fish
You can identify a “hot” pet (or humans) via a variety of signs. A hot dog will seek cool places, will often be hot to the touch, and may pant at inappropriate times (like at night time or while at rest).  It may also have red eyes or red skin and may be very restless. Pets that are affected by allergies or that are very high-arousal are characteristically very hot in nature.

Feeding hot foods like lamb or venison (considered the hottest proteins) is like throwing kerosene on the fire. Instead, they should be fed cooling foods to dampen the negative effects of heat on their bodies. Proteins like duck, rabbit, or fish are considered cooling and are best for a dog that has allergies or is generally hot in nature. If a dog is on a raw or real food diet, you can explore other options like fruits, vegetables, and grains. For example, some great cooling fruits and vegetables are apples, bananas, oranges, pears, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and mushrooms.

WARMING FOODS: Turkey & Chicken (avoid GMO’s), Lamb
Alternatively, a pet that has cool tendencies should be fed warming foods. A “cold” pet may show signs of general weakness, fatigue, exercise intolerance, poor appetite, shortness of breath, moving slowly and prefers to lay around. They may also seek out warm places, have fecal or urinary incontinence, stiffness that gets worse with rest, joint pain that gets worse in the cold weather or have coldness of ears, back, and limbs.

Symptoms of coldness can be helped by feeding warming foods like turkey, chicken, squash, sweet potatoes, cherries, or oats.  A pet affected by arthritis tends to be cold which explains why arthritis gets worse during the winter months. A pet that needs added joint support would benefit from a warm diet.

NEUTRAL FOODS: Beef, Salmon, Tuna, Dairy, Eggs, Pork
You can’t go wrong with neutral foods.  Beef or salmon . You can use neutral foods for pets that are well balanced or to dampen the effects of hot or cold foods given as part of an animal’s diet.  Examples of neutral foods include beef, salmon, tuna, milk, cheese, eggs, white or brown rice, potatoes, peas, carrots, or green beans.

EXTENSIVE LIST OF WARMING, COOLING, NEUTRAL FOODS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

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DETAILED LIST OF COOLING, WARMING AND NEUTRAL FOODS

COOLING FOODS

Cooling food  clearing heat and toxins, cooling and calming the blood and nourishing yin. These types of food are suitable for people who have heat constitution of the body. Usually these people have the following symptoms: The body feeling hot, perspiration, thirst, constipation, pungent odourous wind and stools, burning of the anus area after bowl movement, anxiety, red eyes, red face, emotional, head aches, vivid dreams, ulcers in the mouth or tongue, cold sores around the mouth, red tongue with a thick yellow coating on the tongue, rapid pulse, heart burn and dark or yellow urine.

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Apple
Banana
Grapefruit
Kiwifruit
Lemon
Orange
Pear
Persimmon
Star Fruit
Strawberry
Watermelon
Alfalfa sprouts
Asparagus
Bamboo Shoot
Bitter Melon
Celery
Chinese Radish (Daikon)
Cucumber
Eggplant
Green leafy vegetables
Kelp
Lettuce
Lotus Root
Mushroom
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Tomato
Water Chestnut
Watercress
Winter Melon
Barley
Buckwheat
Millet
Mung Bean
Soy Bean
Tofu
Wheat bran
Whole wheat
Clam
Chicken Egg
Crab
Duck Egg
Rabbit
Seaweed
Chrysanthemum Tea
Green Tea
Peppermint Tea
Salt
Sesame oil

WARMING FOODS

Warming foods have the effects of raising the yang, energy (qi) of organs and warming and improving the circulation and dispelling the cold. These types of food are suitable for people who are yang deficient. Usually with the following symptoms; cold hand, cold feet, cold body, diarrhea, stomach pains or discomfort after eating or drinking cold things, bloating after eating, lack of energy, sore joints, oedema and fluid retention.

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Cherry
Chinese Red Dates
Coconut meat
Coconut milk
Guava
Hawthorn Fruit
Longan
Lychee
Mandarin peel (dried)
Mango
Nectarine
Peach
Raspberry
Chives
Leek
Mustard greens
Onion
Pumpkin
Squash
Caraway seed
Chestnut
Glutinous Rice
Malt
Pine nut
Walnut
Butter
Chicken
Deer (Venison)
Eel
Goat Milk
Ham
Lamb
Mussel
Prawns (shrimp)
Basil
Brown Sugar
Chili
Cinnamon
Clove
Coffee
Coriander
Fennel seed
Garlic
Ginger
Ginseng
Nutmeg
Pepper
Rosemary
Spearmint
Vinegar
Wine

NEUTRAL FOODS

Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages
Apricot
Figs
Goji Berries
Grape
Olive
Papaya
Pineapple
Plum
Black fungus mushrooms
Carrot
Chinese cabbage
Corn
Potato
Pumpkin
Shiitake mushroom
Sweet potato
Taro
Turnip
White fungus
Adzuki Bean
Almond
Black sesame seed
Black soybean
Broad bean
Kidney bean
Lotus seed
Peanut
Peas
Rice bran
Rye
String bean
Sunflower seed
White rice
Yellow soybean
Abalone
Beef
Cow’s milk
Duck
Fish
Oyster
Pork
Scallop
Peanut oil
Honey
Saffron
Licorice

The food we eat every day affects our body’s balance. Many diseases are caused, or made worse by eating the wrong foods.  If you are interested in incorporating this philosophy in your own diet, we suggest making a visit to an experienced TCM practitioner to find out what is best suited to your constitution.

Traditional Chinese medicine also believes that during different seasons we should eat more certain cooling or warming foods which can help to combat the changing weather. Chinese medicine also considers that the human body and health are associated with the environment, so changes in the weather can affect our body and therefore our health.

For example, in summer, it is very hot and dry, which can cause the body to acquire heat and can dry out our body leading to dry skin, constipation and lack of fluid in the body. Thus if we eat more cooling food, it can balance the body which has been attacked by the hot summer. Eat local seasonal fruit and vegetables as they are most suitable for the body during a particular season.

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WHAT IS YIN AND YANG?

In Chinese culture, Yin and Yang represent the two opposite principles in nature. Yin characterizes the feminine or negative nature of things and yang stands for the masculine or positive side. Yin and yang are in pairs ~ dark and bright, cold and hot, passive and active, etc. But yin and yang are not static or just two separated things. The nature of yinyang lies in interchange and interplay of the two components. The alternation of day and night is such an example.

Yin and yang are opposite in nature, but they are part of nature, they rely on each other, and they can’t existwithout each other. The balance of yin and yang is important. If yin is stronger, yang will be weaker, and vice versa. Yin and yang can interchange under certain conditions so they are usually not yin and yang alone. In other words, yin can contain certain part of yang and yang can have some component of yin. It is believed that yinyang exists in everything.

Balancing yin and yang reduces stress enormously, leads to spiritual development in a balanced way, removes more toxic metals and toxic chemicals, favors most enzyme reactions in the body and improves vitality in a way that nothing else can do.  Like a seesaw, extremes of yin or yang energy unbalance us and place tremendous stress on the body which leads to illness. Adjusting the diet is one of the most powerful healing tools available.

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