Foods beneficial for the Water Element

Blood

Type:

Beneficial

Neutral

Avoid

Works on

Ele-

ment:

(Foods & Herbs)

Alphabetical

Acidic-

Alkaline-

Neutral-

forming

 

Tonifies:

Blood, Chi,

Fluid, Ching,

Yin & Yang

Flavor

Temp.

Organ(s)

Yin - Yang

Zang               Fu

Regulates  5 Elements & Organ(s);

Medicinal  Properties

A AB

B O

Water

(Beans & Legumes)

Lentil

Alkaline

Yin, Blood

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

Bladder

Counteracts Damp, Drains Water; contains anti-inflammatory antioxidants

A AB O

B

Water

(Beans & Legumes)

Black Bean

Acidic

Yin, Blood

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Tonifies the Kidneys; high in fiber;  helps detoxify sulfites; high in Antioxidants

A AB O

B

Water

 

(Beans & Legumes)

Broad Bean

Alkaline

Yin

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

Bladder

Tonifies the Kidneys; Diuretic; Treats Eddema; Contains a lot of  Amygdalin (Vitamin B17), which is renowned for its Cancer inhibiting properties; Contains L-dopa, may be useful to Parkinsonís disease patients;  high in Antioxidants

A B AB O

Water

(Beans & Legumes)

Soy Bean

Alkaline

Blood Chi

Sweet

Cool

Kidneys

Bladder

 

Bones

Counteracts Heat, Counteracts Dry, Balances Kidney-Yang; Contains Isoflavon, which  helps to prevent bone breakdown; non animal protein may prevent calcium loss.

A O

B AB

Water

(Beans & Legumes)

Aduki

Acidic

Blood,

Yin-Yang

Sweet, Sour

Neutral

Kidneys

Bladder

Counteracts Damp, Drains Water,

Warms (Yang), detoxifies, diuretic; Contains the full range of (High Quality)  Proteins;

B

A AB O

Water

(Beans & Legumes)

Kidney Bean

Acidic

Yin, Blood

Sweet, Bland

Neutral

Kidneys

Bladder

Tonifies the Kidneys, Diuretic; Heals Swellings; high in fiber;  provides virtually fat-free high quality protein; helps detoxify sulfites; high in Antioxidants

O

A B AB

Water

(Beans & Legumes)

Chickpea

Acidic

Yin

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Strengthens the Kidneys, Balances Kidney-Yang;

A

B AB O

Water

(Beans & Legumes) Green/

String Bean

Alkaline

Chi, Blood, Yin

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Regulates Blood-Chi, Strengthens Yin, Tonifies the Kidneys; Contains Vtamin K1, which helps build up the bones;  Anti-Inflammatory

A B AB O

Water

(Dairy & Eggs)

Chicken Eggs

Acidic

Yin, Blood

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Nourishes Blood, Yin

A B AB O

Water

(Dairy & Eggs)

-Yolk Chicken Eggs

Acidic

Yin, Blood

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Nourishes Blood, Yin, Moistens

A B AB O

Water

(Dairy & Eggs)

Chicken Eggs

Acidic

Yin, Blood

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Nourishes Blood, Yin

A AB

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Shark

Acidic

Blood, Chi, Yin

Sweet, Salty

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Tonifies Chi, Blood, & Yin lubricates dryness, reduces swelling, tonifies the 5 Zang Organs

A B AB O

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Trout

Alkaline

Blood, Chi, Yin-Yang

Sweet, Salty

Warm

Kidneys

 

Tonifies Chi, Yang; Regulates Chi, Yin; Promotes Blood Circulation; Counetracts Cold; Warms the Kidneys and Liver; Tonifies the Stomach

A O

B AB

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Carp

Acidic

 

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Tonifies Blood & Chi; Drains Water; Grounds the Chi;

B AB

A O

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Caviar (Sturgeon)

Acidic

Chi

Sweet, Pungent, Salty, Sour, Bitter

Neutral

Kidneys

Promotes Chi Circulation; Tonifies Kidney Yin

O

A B AB

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Oyster (Shell-fresh)

Acidic

Yin, Blood, Chi

Sweet, Salty

Cold

Kidneys

 

Tonifies Liver & Kidneys, Stops Sweating, Astringes Ching Chi, Softens Hardness

O

A B AB

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Clam (Freshwater)

Acidic

Yin

Sweet, Salty

Cold

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Heat; Detoxifies; Tonifies the Kidney;

O

A B AB

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Shrimp/Prawn

Acidic

Yang

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Tonifies Kidney Yang; Promotes blood circulation, Counteracts Cold, Resolves Phlegm;

O

A B AB

Water

(Fish & Seafood)

Eel

Acidic

Chi, Yang

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

Bladder

 

Bones

Regulates Chi -Yang, Warms the Kidney,  Counteracts Damp, Diuretic; treats Bi (Painful Obstruction) Syndrome, strengthens the Bones

?

Water

(Fish & Seafood) Cuttlefish

Acidic

Yin, Blood

Salty

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Tonifies Liver & Kidney, Tonifies the Blood, sharpens vision

O

A B AB

Water

(Fish & Seafood) Lobster

Acidic

Yang

Sweet, Salty

Warm

Kidneys

 

Resolves Phlegm

AB O

A B

Water

(Fish & Seafood) Mussel

Acidic

Yang, Chi

Salty

Warm

Kidneys

 

Tonifies Chi Yang, Tonifies Kidneys and Liver, treats simple goiter

?

Water

(Fruits)

Cassio Fruit

?

Yang

Sweet, Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

 

?

Water

(Fruits)

Juniper

Alkaline

 

Sweet, Pungent, Bitter

Warm

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Resolves Phlegm, Promotes Chi Circulation, Drains Water

?

Water

(Fruits)

Blackcurrant

Alkaline

 

Sweet, Sour

Cool

Kidneys

 

High in Vitamin C and antioxidants; calcium and iron, reduces the risk of kidney stones

A AB O

B

Water

(Fruits)

Olive

Acidic

 

Sweet, Sour

Neutral

 

A B AB

O

Water

(Fruits)

 Rosehip

Alkaline

Blood

Sweet, Sour

Neutral

Kidneys

Bladder

Tonifies Kidney, Counteracts Cold, Resolves Phlegm, Relieves Fatigue, Diuretic

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Mulberry

Alkaline

Yin, Blood

Sweet

Cold

Kidneys

 

 

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Lemon/Lime

Neutral

Alkaline forming when added to water

Yin

Sour

Cold

Kidneys

 

Promotes Blood Circulation, Counteracts Heat, Promotes Chi Circulation, Removes Toxins

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Squash (gourd, all kinds)

Alkaline

Yin

Sweet

Cool

 

Bladder

 

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

 Raspberry

Acidic

Yang

Sweet, Sour

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Nourishes and Regulates Kidney, Controls urination, astringes, that is, fortifies Ching Chi

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Pineapple

Acidic

Yang

Sweet, Sour

Hot

Kidneys

Joints

Counteracts Heat, Regulates Blood-Chi, Stimulates Bodily Fluids, contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme which also counteracts inflammation of the joints, ie. gout

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Cherry

Alkaline

Chi

Sweet, Pungent

Warm

one of the few warming fruits

Kidneys

Bones

Nourishes Chi, Regulates Yang, Stimulates Chi, Blood, Counteracts Cold, Wind & Damp; Contains Boron, which coupled with calcium and magnesium has been linked to increased bone health. Anthocyanins found in cherries block inflammatory enzymes, reducing gout and arthritis pain.

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Grapes

Alkaline

Blood, Chi

Sweet, Sour

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Drains Water

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

 Plum

Acidic

Blood, Chi

Sweet, Sour

Warm

Kidney

 

Counteracts Dryness, Produces Fluids, Promotes Digestion, Diuretic. Plums and prunes may have a beneficial effect on bone mineral density and thus prevent Osteoporosis.

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Cranberry

Acidic

 

Sweet, Sour

Cold

Kidneys

 

Protects against urinary tract infections

A B AB O

Water

(Fruits)

Blackberry

Alkaline

 

Sweet, Sour

Warm

Kidneys

 

High in fiber and vitamin C, fights infections, antioxidant.

A O

B AB

Water

(Fruits)

 Pomegranate

?

Yin

Sweet, Sour

Neutral

 

Bladder

Increases Circulation, Diuretic.

B AB

A O

Water

(Fruits)

Melon (water)

Alkaline

Yin

Sweet

Cold

 

Bladder

Counteracts Heat, Drains Water

?

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  

 Parslane

Alkaline

 

Sour

Cold

 

Bladder

Promotes blood circulation, Counteracts Heat, Removes Toxins

A AB O

B

Water

(Herbs & Spices)

Cinnamon Bark

Alkaline

Yang

Sweet

Hot

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Counteracts Damp, Promotes Chi Circulation; Drains Water

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)

Pepper (Black)

Acidic

Yin, Yang, Chi

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Resolves Phlegm

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)

Ginseng (American)

?

Yin Chi

Sweet, Bitter

Neutral

Kidneys

 

An age old kidney tonic, stimulates the adrenal glandsí which rest on the top of the kidneys. Regulates secretion of  hormones

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)

Aloe Vera

Alkaline

Yin

Bitter

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Inhibits Inflammation, Soothes Joint & Muscle Pain

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  

Marjoram

Alkaline

Yin

Sweet, Pungent, Bitter

Cool

Kidneys

 

Promotes Chi Circulation

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)

Clove

?

Yang

Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Promotes Chi Circulation; contains eugenol, which may prevent toxicity from environmental pollutants; heal digestive tract cancers; joint inflammation; is a mild anaesthetic and anti-bacterial

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)

Licorice

Neutral

Chi

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

Bladder

Counteracts Heat ,Resolves Phlegm, Removes Toxins

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  

Nettle

Alkaline

Blood, Yin

Sweet, Salty

Cool

 

Bladder

Counteracts Damp, Removes Toxins, Drains Water

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  

Nettle

Alkaline

Blood, Yin

Sweet, Salty

Cool

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Damp, Removes Toxins, Drains Water

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  

Nettle

Alkaline

Blood, Yin

Sweet, Salty

Cool

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Damp, Removes Toxins, Drains Water

A B AB O

Water

 (Herbs & Spices)

Dill Seed

?

 

Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Promotes Chi Circulation

B O

A AB

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  

 Parsley

Alkaline

 

Pungent, Salty, Bitter

Warm

 

Bladder

Removes Toxins

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  Caraway

?

 

Sweet, Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Resolves Phlegm, Promotes Chi Circulation

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  Cardamom

?

 

Sweet, Pungent, Bitter

Warm

Kidneys

Bladder

Cleanses kidneys and bladder

A B AB O

Water

(Herbs & Spices)  Rosemary

Alkaline

Yang

Sweet, Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Resolves Phlegm

A AB

B O

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Kidney (Beef)

Acidic

Yang

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

 

A B AB

O

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Pork

Acidic

Yin, Blood

Sweet, Salty

Neutral

Kidneys

 

 

A B AB

O

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Duck

Alkaline

Yin

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

 

A B AB

O

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Kidney (Pork)

Acidic

Yin

Salty

Neutral

Kidneys

 

 

A B AB

O

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Frog

Acidic

Chi

Sweet

Cool

 

Bladder

Counteracts Heat, Removes Toxins, Drains Water

A O

B AB

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Liver (Chicken)

Acidic

Chi

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Promotes blood circulation

B O AB

A

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Kidney (Lamb)

Acidic

Yang

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Promotes blood circulation, Counteracts Cold, Promotes Chi Circulation

B O AB

A

Water

(Meats & Poultry)

Lamb

Acidic

 

Sweet, Pungent

Hot

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Counteracts Damp,P, Removes Toxins, Promotes Chi Circulation

A AB O

B

Water

(Nuts)

Walnut

Acidic

Yang

Pungent, Bitter

Hot

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Counteracts Damp, Promotes Chi Circulation

A B AB

O

Water

(Nuts)

Chestnut

Neutral

Yang

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Promotes blood circulation; chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a syndrome that may include leg swelling, varicose veins, leg pain, itching, and skin ulcers

A B AB O

Water

(Nuts)

Coconut (water)

Acidic

Yin

Sweet

Cool

Kidneys

 

Cols and nourishes; protecs against kidney disease and bladder infections. Dissolves kidney stones. Helps protect against osteoporosis

AB

A B O

Water

(Nuts)

Pistachio

Acidic

Yang

Sweet, Sour, Bitter

Neutral

Kidneys

 

 

AB

A B O

Water

(Nuts)

Cashew nuts

Alkaline

 

 

 

Kidneys

Contains Calcium and magnesium  for healthy bones

A AB

B O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Celery

Alkaline

Yin-Yang

Sweet, Bitter

Cool

Kidneys

 

Contains potassium and sodium, minerals important for regulating fluid balance, stimulates urine production

A B AB

O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Elderflower

Alkaline

 

Sweet, Pungent, Bitter

Cool

 

Bladder

Counteracts Heat, Resolves Phlegm, Drains Water;  Used as a herbal medicine against infections like: herpes simplex, ear infections, common cold; boosts the immune system

A B AB O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Cabbage (Chinese; Pak Choy)

Acidic

Yin

Sweet

Cool

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Heat, Drains Water; helps prevent cancer, protects against cataracts and fights free radicals in your body.

A B AB O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Watercress

Alkaline

Yin

Sweet, Pungent

Cool

 

Bladder

 

A B AB O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Chive (Chinese)

Alkaline

Kidney Yin

Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Stimulates Kidney yin and is warming; has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, may inhibit bacterial growth and tumors.

A O

B AB

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Spinach

Alkaline

Blood, Chi

Sweet

Cool

Kidneys

 

 

A O

B AB

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Chicory

Acidic

 

Sweer

Neutral

 

Bladder

Contains inulin, which is a natural prebiotic; and regulates blood sugar levels;

B AB

A O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Potato

Neutral

Yin, Chi

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Heat

B AB O

A

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Potato (Sweet, Yam)

Alkaline

Blood, Chi

sweet

Cool

Kidneys

 

 

B AB O

A

Water

(Roots & Vegetables)

Cabbage

Acidic

Blood Yin Chi

Sweet

Cool

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Heat

A B AB O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables) Asparagus

Alkaline

Yin

Sweet, Bitter

Cold

Kidneys

 

Has detoxifying and diuretic effects; not good for those who suffer arthritis.

B AB

A O

Water

(Roots & Vegetables) Beet

Alkaline

Blood Yin Chi

Sweet, Bitter

Cool

Kidneys

 

cleansing and detoxifying

A B AB O

Water

(Salts)

Salt

Acidic

 

Salty

Cold

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Heat, Resolves Phlegm, Removes Toxins

O

A B AB

Water

(Seaweed)

Kelp

?

Yin, Blood

Salty

Cool

 

Bladder

Removes Toxins, Drains Water

O

A B AB

Water

(Seaweed)

Algae

Neutral

Blood, Chi

Sweet, Salty

Cold

Kidneys

Kidneys

Counteracts Heat, Resolves Phlegm, Removes Toxins; (Chlorophyll)

?

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Jobís Tears

?

Blood, Chi

Sweet

Cool

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Damp, Counteracts Heat, Drains Water; Diuretic, eases joints, anti-swelling, anti infection, protects DNA

?

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Lotus Seeds

?

Blood, Chi

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Lotus Seed contains an enzyme, Methyl Transferase (MT) that helps repair protein and collagen, the building blocks of joints, muscle and bone.

A

B AB O

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Fennel Seed

?

Yang

Sweet, Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Resolves Phlegm, Promotes Chi Circulation

A

B AB O

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Corn

Alkaline

Blood,Chi

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Damp, Drains Water

A

B AB O

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Corncobs

Alkaline

Blood, Chi

Sweet

Neutral

 

Bladder

 

A AB

B O

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Seeds  (Alfalfa)

Neutral

Yin-Yang

Bitter

Neutral

 

Bladder

Removes Toxins, Drains Water, Strengthens Immune System

A B AB

O

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

 Quinoa

?

Yang

Sweet, Sour

Warm

Kidneys

 

 

A B AB

O

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Oats

Alkaline

Blood, Chi

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

Promotes Chi Circulation

A O

B AB

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Sesame (Black)

Alkaline

Yin, Blood

Sweet

Neutral

Kidneys

 

 

A O

B AB

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Fenugreek Seed

?

Yang

Bitter

Warm

Kidneys

 

Promotes Chi Circulation, Drains Water

A O

B AB

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Pumpkin Seed

Alkaline

 

Sweet, Bitter

Neutral

Kidneys

Skeleton

May prevent osteoporosis at the hip and spine (Zinc); Anti-Inflammatory Benefits in Arthritis (indomethacin)

AB

A O B

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Rice (Wild)

Acidic

 

Sweet, Sour

Cool

 

Bladder

 

AB

A O B

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Rice (Wild)

Acidic

 

Sweet, Sour

Cool

Kidneys

 

 

B AB

A O

Water

(Seeds & Grains)

Millet (nr1 Alkaline Grain)

Alkaline

 

Sweet, Salty

Cool

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Heat, Removes Toxins; high in Amygdalin (Vitamin B17)

A B O

AB

Water

(Seeds & Grains) Anise (Star)

?

Yang

Sweet, Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Promotes Chi Circulation

A

B AB O

Water

(Soy Products)

Shoyu (Natural, Tamari)

?

 

Salty

Warm

 

Miso's Minerals support Immune Function, Energy Production, Bones and Blood Vessels; contains full spectrum of High Quality Proteins

A AB

O B

Water

(Soy Products)

Shoyu (Kikkoman)

?

 

Salty

Warm

 

Energy Production, Bones and Blood Vessels;

A AB

O B

Water

(Soy Products)

Shoyu (Japanese Fermented; 'Manna', (Dutch) fermented)

?

 

Salty

Warm

 

Made from Miso. Miso's Minerals support Immune Function, Energy Production, Bones and Blood Vessels;

A B AB O

Water

(Sprouts)

Soybean

Alkaline

Blood, Chi

Sweet

Cool

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Heat, Counteracts Dry, Balances Kidney-Yang; Contains Isoflavon, which  helps to prevent bone breakdown; non animal protein may prevent calcium loss.

A B AB O

Water

(Supplements)

Bee Pollen

?

Blood, Chi

Sweet, Pungent, Salty, Sour, Bitter

Neutral

Kidneys

Bladder

Stimulates all organs in the body as well as the glands.

A B AB O

Water

(Supplements)

Blackcurrant Seed OIl

Alkaline

 

Sweet, Sour

Cool

Kidneys

 

High in Vitamin C and antioxidants; calcium and iron, reduces the risk of kidney stones

A

B AB O

Water

(Sweeteners)

Molasses

Acidic

Blood, Chi

Sweet

Warm

Kidneys

 

 

?

Water(

(Herbs & Spices)

Jasmine

Alkaline

Yang

Sweet, Pungent

Warm

Kidneys

 

Counteracts Cold, Resolves Phlegm, Promotes Chi Circulation