In my last post, I discussed adding different foods into the diet to combat existing imbalances. We've already covered foods for dampness; today I will go over foods to help move stagnation. Stagnation is simply a state in which things are just not moving. You can suffer from stagnation on all different levels: physical, mental, emotional, or energetic. The most common type of stagnation that I see in practice is Liver Qi Stagnation. The Liver promotes the smooth flow of qi and blood in the body, and if it gets stuck, it may result in any of these symptoms: distending pain in the hypochondriac region, stuffiness of the chest, sighing, epigastric and abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, sour regurgitation, belching, borborygmi, diarrhea, feeling of being "wound up", feeling of a lump in the throat, irregular periods, painful periods, distention of the breasts prior to periods, pre-menstrual tension and irritability, melancholy, depression and moodiness.
As you can see, Liver Qi Stagnation can really wreak all sorts of havoc on your health and well-being. To move this stagnation, you can opt for acupuncture, upping your activity levels, or even herbal remedies. You can also support your Liver by adding the following to your diet: beef, chicken, liver, mussels, black sesame, kelp, plums, mulberries, celery, Chinese red dates, vinegar, beets, coconut milk, garlic, leeks, basil, black pepper, dill seed, ginger, rosemary, saffron, peaches, oregano, eggplant, chives, chestnuts, celery, seaweed, watercress, mung beans, lettuce, cucumber, tofu, millet, plum, radish, carrots, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and parsley.