Balanced Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

Congratulations if you are a balanced type! Balanced type (平和体质) is the most healthy body constitutions out of all the nine types. In TCM, we believe a person is healthy when Yin and Yang is balanced. On the other hand, a person will start to have diseases if Yin and Yang is out of balance.

If you are balanced type, it means you are generally healthy compared to others. But do not let your guard down because of this. There are several tips below to help you keep your body type as balanced:

Eat all food in moderation – No matter how super powerful is a food or fruit, always bear in mind even Vitamin C will become harmful to your body when consumed too much.
 Fall asleep before 11pm – Sleeping is the best repair service that you can do for your body. Sleeping late will cause ‘heat’ to build up in your body.
Stop eating processed food – Processed food is the major reason why people are falling sick nowadays. If you want something for a quick snack, choose things like nuts, fruits, soy milk or other whole food.
As our body type will change over time due to aging, diet, activities and lifestyle habits, do revisit the body type calculator one year later and see if your body type changes.

Sensitive Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A Sensitive type (特禀体质) person is someone who is allergic to certain food or environment. Once contacted, you will experience sore throat, running / blocked nose, itchy skin etc. As this is based on case by case basis, it is not possible to suggest a list of food without knowing the exact condition.

In general, some food / herbs that a sensitive type person can consume more are:

  1. Rice (from China, known as 大米, not from Thailand)
  2. Chinese yam (山药)
  3. Carrot

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Spicy food
  2. Seafood
  3. Cold food

Additional Tips for Sensitive Type Person:

The best way to stay healthy is to keep away from the allergic source so that you won’t experience the symptoms. In TCM, itchy skin is commonly due to bad wind. So keep yourself protected and don’t exposed to windy environment if possible (especially when you are sleeping).

Blood Stag Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A Blood Stag type (血瘀体质) person tends to experience pains on various part of the body more often than others. This is due to the stagnant of blood in certain areas. His/her lips also seems to be darken in color or close to purple color.

When a person ages, it is common to find blood stagnate or flowing slower in some part of our body. Through time, this creates pain. So the best way to prevent this is to consume food that has blood-flow properties. One tea you can drink often is Hawthorn (山楂) tea. This herb can be found easily in your local TCM shop. All you need to do is to put the Hawthorn in a teapot and pour hot water and drink it for the day.

Some food / herbs that a blood stag type person can consume more are:

  1. Corn
  2. Black bean
  3. Soya bean
  4. Mushroom
  5. Garlic
  6. Onion
  7. Carrot
  8. Ginger
  9. Eggplant

Food / herbs to avoid or consume less are:

  1. Cold and frozen food

Additional Tips for Blood Stag Type Person:

You need to keep yourself warm all the time so that your condition will improve. In TCM, there is a phrase 不通则痛, it means when the blood is not flowing smoothly, there will be pain. In addition, blood circulation will slow down if your body is cold. Thus, you should wear extra clothing in cooler environment especially in air conditioned places.

You should also avoid sitting down for long period of time. If possible, take a break and walk or stretch a bit every 30 min of sitting. The best way is to do a set of stretching exercises every hour to keep your blood flowing smoothly. Combined with the above food suggestion, you will find your condition improve.

Qi Stag Type – Food and Herbs Recommendation

A Qi Stag type (气郁体质) person tends to be thinner and have a pessimistic nature. You also should not take tonic until your condition improve following the below food / herb suggestion.

The main soup you can drink is white radish. It is inexpensive and has great properties in breaking qi out of stagnate (破气).

Some food / herbs that a Qi Stag type person can consume more are:

  1. Oats
  2. Garlic
  3. Mushroom
  4. Orange peel (陈皮)
  5. White Radish
  6. Rose tea
  7. Onion

Consume all food in moderation.

Additional Tips for Qi Stag Type Person:

The most important tips for Qi Stag person is to maintain a positive mood at all times. Try to take part in group activities that you have some interest and make more friends especially who are more positive. Listen to light-hearten music and go for natural walk as often as you can to appreciate nature.