Have you heard about Hippocrates’ famous quote “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”? Today, many of us are conditioned to seek drugs when we are trying to resolve a health challenge. The truth is that no drugs can replace the magic of nature and the best medicine comes from nature. Let’s dive into this top food list that has tremendous healing power.

1. Raisins: Treat Osteoporosis

Raisins are rich in boron that reduces the risk of bone loss in postmenopausal women. You can add raisins in your yogurt for a better result because yogurt is a good source of calcium, which helps prevent osteoporosis.

2. Dried Cherries: Treat Gout

Dried cherries especially tart cherries are rich in anthocyanins, which is a potent anti-oxidant that has a good therapeutic effect on arthritis and gout. In order to benefit its amazing therapeutic effect, it is recommended to eat cherries twice a day regularly.

Here are other amazing healing benefits from tart cherries that you may not aware of.

3. Dried tangerine peels: Treat Bloating

Delicious snacks that are made of dried tangerine peels are very popular in Asia. Believe it or not, it is a commonly used herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine; it can be used to treat cough, indigestion and bloating. You can make dried tangerine peels yourself by placing the tangerine peels under the sun and put a few pieces in your tea or soups to enjoy its fragrant smell and soothing effect on your digestive system.

There are many hidden treasures in the food waste that you may not aware of.

4. Jujube dates: Relieve Constipation

Jujube dates are natural laxatives; they are also a great food choice for those who suffer from anemia due to its rich iron content. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, People with Qi and blood deficiency are prone to constipation, and one of the reasons is that the intestinal motility is weak. Jujube date fits right into the picture, it is rich in fiber and tonify the blood, therefore, regular intake of jujube dates can help prevent constipation. You only need a few regularly to experience its magical healing power.

5. Apricots: Reduce High Blood Pressure

The potassium content of apricots is three times more than that in bananas. You may not aware that potassium helps lower high blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.

6. Dried figs: Treat Anemia

Just four dried figs a day can efficiently supply a quarter of your daily iron requirement and help prevent anemia. You can increase the iron absorption when you take dried figs with orange juice that is rich in vitamin C. This is a great choice for vegetarians who are at risk of iron deficiency anemia. In addition, figs are also rich in potassium that can benefit your heart function.

7. Sunflower seeds: Relieve Allergic Rhinitis

Many people suffer from hay fever every year. According to the researchers, it is probably due to immune system associated with allergies. Vitamin E contributes to a healthy immune system, and sunflower seeds provide 49% of your daily vitamin E requirement.

Eating sunflower seeds can prevent allergic rhinitis due to the vitamin E content in sunflower seeds that can effectively maintain the body’s immune function. This is good news to those who suffer from allergic rhinitis. Just 30 grams of sunflower seeds a day can make your nose healthier.

8. Cabbage: Treats Stomach Ulcers

Cabbage is one of the best vegetables recommended by the World Health Organization and it is known as a “stomach vegetable”. Fresh cabbage juice mixed with honey can promote the healing of stomach ulcers and duodenal ulcers.

Here are other stomach foods that can put your stomach back on track fast.

9. Bananas: Relieve Leg Cramps

Many people have to travel a lot and sit for a prolonged period of time due to their work, at the end of the day; their legs are getting sore and swollen. Try some bananas because bananas are rich in potassium, which can effectively alleviate our body’s physical fatigue. Secondly, potassium in the bananas can eliminate excess salt in the body and slim down your swollen legs and make them more attractive.


“No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.” ~ Maimonides

If you are interested in more self-care tips from the ancient wisdom of TCM, please check the book from Lucy Liu “88 Most Important First-Aid Acupoints for Self-care from TCM“. This book includes 88 most important acupoints (acupressure points) from the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for self-care. It is designed in a beautiful and colorful card fashion, which is very visual and user-friendly to the readers, it is also easy to memorize the information with precise visual aids. This book covers the most common health challenges, such as cold, fever, cough, sore throat, headache, indigestion, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, insomnia, night sweat, computer syndromes, shoulder pain, and back pain, etc. It can also be used to effectively manage chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic pains, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and weight management; and it can also be used for anti-aging purposes and enhancing longevity.

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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