So all in all, what are the top TCM foods?
Red dates, bitter melon, goji berries, burdock root, chamomile, yams, and ginseng.
What are they used for?
I suggest red dates with goji berries, steep them in water and drink it daily. Red dates are only sold at Chinese supermarkets. I get a bag of them and boil them in a pot of hot water for an hour, add goji berries. You put it in the fridge and drink it for the next days. They’re great for replenishing iron. I grew up drinking this tonic. Red dates are great after your menstrual cycle. Black dates don’t have the same potency as red dates. Ginseng is a root and is great for a hangover, it gives you vitality. Chamomile is very calming, and yams have a lot of B6.
Are their specific times of day you eat these foods?
Time of day is really important in TCM. For instance, if you have a lot of heat, don’t eat ginger past 4 p.m. Your body reacts differently to different foods at different times. I would drink chamomile tea before going to bed, it’s cooling. It’s important to balance organs. If one is out of place, it sets everything off.
Is there one food you should eat every day?
Honestly, it sounds so simple but an apple a day. It has so many vitamins and helps to prevent a lot of things.