Diet Guidelines for Heart Yin Deficiency

  • A diet that includes enriching and building foods can help to preserve and restore Heart Yin.
  • The diet should also include plenty of fluids, especially in the form of soups, and should avoid overly hot, spicy meals.
  • Where ever possible choose ally grown foods.

Specific foods for Heart Yin deficiency

  • Wheat, oats, sweet rice, millet, barley
  • Eggs, dairy in moderate amounts, yogurt, tofu, tempeh, nuts & seeds, adzuki beans, black beans, mung beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, fava beans, black
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chicken, mackerel, sardines.
  • Zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms
  • Dates, lotus seeds, fruit, mulberries, apples, banana,
  • Blueberries, black berries, peaches, mulberries, mango, coconut
  • Olive oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil.

Foods to restrict or avoid

  • Chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, wasabi
  • Coffee, vinegar, pickles, tea
  • Lamb, prawns
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cigarettes, alcohol, recreational stimulants.