Eastern Food Therapy: Neutral Food

Eastern Food for Pets

What is Neutral Food?

To understand neutral food, you first much understand some of the basics of Chinese food therapy.

In Eastern food therapy, the terms warming and cooling don’t necessarily refer to a food’s temperature or spiciness.

Instead, it refers to the food’s energy. In Chinese medicine, food energy is a very powerful tool.

In fact, Chinese medicine experts say food has the power to heal and harmonize the body, mind, and Qi (life force).

The theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine Food Therapy classify food into the categories of:

In this article, we are going to discuss food in the neutral category.

Neutral food is energetically neutral and balanced. It is neither warming nor cooling.

A neutral diet works as a general Qi and blood tonic and to harmonize Yin and Yang.

In addition, a neutral diet is very helpful with any condition and will help bring balance and harmony to the body.

Food List

Neutral Meat & Dairy

  • Pork, Beef
  • Milk (Cow’s), Beef Liver
  • Pork Kidney, Pork Liver
  • Salmon, Sardines
  • Tuna, Catfish
  • Goose, Pigeon
  • Chicken Eggs
  • Wild Rabbit, Tripe
  • Quail, Black Chicken
  • Carp, or Silver Carp
  • Jellyfish, Cuttlefish
  • Flatfish, Eel
  • Octopus, Loach
  • Mackerel, Yellow croaker

Neutral Grains & Beans

  • Corn
  • Sweet Rice
  • Soybean
  • String Bean
  • Peanuts
  • Black Bean
  • Broad Bean
  • Green Bean
  • Green Peas
  • Kidney Beans
  • Red Beans
  • Black Sesame
  • Beet Pulp

Neutral Vegetables & Fruits

  • Yam, Cabbage
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Potato
  • Apple, Calabash
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Grape, Date
  • Lemon
  • Lychee
  • Longan
  • Lotus
  • Pineapple
  • Radish
  • Asparagus

Neutral Herbs

  • Gingko

Others

  • Peanut Oil
  • Black Sesame Oil

Want to try cooking a neutral diet for your dog or cat?

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