Podcast: 5 Flavors in Chinese Medicine: For Your Health

The 5 flavors in Chinese medicine exists in the food we eat as well as the herbs we may take.
This is perennial wisdom. Let’s bring this wisdom into the future.

Chinese Medicine, 5 Healing FlavorsChinese medicine offers us a way to understand food and its healing capacity. One of the most important elements is the therapeutic  effect that a flavor of a food has. The action and the energy a flavor has on us is not simply the pleasure of taste but the action it has on our body.

Did you know that the sweet flavor of food, not sugar, such as the sweetness of winter squash and carrots have a positive impact on our digestion and helps us to relax? Did you know that the bitter taste is important for detoxifying and cleansing? Or that pungent foods help lift our vitality and move our qi? Listen in as Ellen Goldsmith, L.Ac. takes you on a tour of the healing actions of the Five Flavors from a Chinese medicine point of view. Then “energetic” components of food can be applied in any type of whole food diet to keep us healthy throughout our lifetime. This is a great introduction to the ancient wisdom that traditional cultures have held for thousands of years.


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Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith is a licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She has been in the field of Asian medicine for the past 30 years, teaching, speaking and working with thousands of people to give them the resources, skills and tools they seek to improve the quality of their health and lives. Ellen is the author of the well respected book, Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health. She is on faculty at the National University of Natural Medicine’s College of Classical Chinese Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

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