Traditional Chinese food therapy has been around for centuries. It is a form of medicine that uses food and herbs to treat illness and promote good health, but using natural foods. There are many benefits to using Chinese traditional food therapy, including improved immunity, better digestion, and reduced inflammation. In this blog post, we will discuss the history of Chinese traditional food therapy, the benefits of its use, and some of the most commonly used herbs in this type of medicine. We will also explore how traditional Chinese food therapy can be used in the modern era to improve our health. Let’s discuss some of the most common herbs used in Chinese traditional food therapy.


One of the most commonly used herbs in Chinese traditional food therapy is ginger. Ginger has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine and is known for its ability to improve circulation and reduce inflammation. Other commonly used herbs include ginseng, which is known for its immunity-boosting properties, and garlic, which is believed to help improve digestion.

Ginger in Traditional Chinese Food Therapy


Ginseng is a popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine and has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Today, ginseng is still revered for its health benefits and is often used as a natural remedy for fatigue, stress, anxiety, and other conditions. There are many different types of ginseng, but the most common are Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Both Asian and American ginseng contains active compounds called ginsenosides, which are believed to be responsible for the herb’s health benefits. Asian ginseng is thought to be more energizing than American ginseng, while American ginseng is thought to be more calming. Ginseng is one of the best gift of traditional Chinese Food Therapy.

Ginseng in Chinese Food Therapay


Garlic is a plant that belongs to the Allium family. It has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. There are many health benefits of garlic in Traditional Chinese Food Therapy.

One of the most well-known benefits of garlic is that it can be used as an immunity booster. Garlic contains allicin, which can help fight off bacteria and viruses that cause illness. It also contains selenium and vitamin B6, which can help strengthen the immune system and prevent allergies from developing. It is still used in Chinese cultural food therapy and is an important culinary part of Chinese culture. Garlic has been used for centuries in various cultures as a remedy against Satan and diseases. It was thought that diseases were linked to Satan, so using garlic would be beneficial.

garlic bulbs on brown surface


Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese food therapy for centuries. They are rich in vitamin A and E, beta-carotene, and many other nutrients. These nutrients help to strengthen the immunity system, promote healthy skin and protect against cancer.

The Goji berry is a small, red fruit that grows on the Lycium barbarum plant. It is native to China and Tibet where it has been used in traditional Chinese food therapy for centuries. The berries are rich in vitamin A and E, beta-carotene, and many other nutrients that help to strengthen the immune system, promote healthy skin and protect against cancer.

Goji Berries and Chinese Food Therapy
Goji Berries.


Wild Yam is a root vegetable that has been used in traditional Chinese food therapy. It is mainly consumed in the form of soup, and its health benefits are immune boosting.

The Wild Yam is a root vegetable that grows in the wild or is cultivated in gardens. The plant thrives best in moist soil and prefers cool climates. The plant was traditionally used for medicinal purposes and as an ingredient for food therapy. It was first recorded as being used for culinary purposes by the ancient Romans, who boiled it with honey to make a dessert dish called “Pompona” which was later re-introduced by the Spanish during the 16th century in Europe where it became popular again as “Pompones”.

Wild Yam in Chinese Food Therapy
Wild Yam.


From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, mint is known for its cooling properties. With a refreshing yet pungent aroma and a strong flavourful taste, it has been proven to serve as a coolant for the liver, consequently improving its function and health.

Mint could also play its own sweet role in weight loss, and the reason is tied with its much-famed digestive properties. Mint stimulates digestive enzymes, which help facilitate better absorption of nutrients from food. When the body is able to assimilate and absorb nutrients properly, there is better metabolism. A faster metabolism aids weight loss.


Traditional Chinese Food Therapy is relevent even after centuries. Using the above mentioned herbs in your daily routine can help you loose weight, fight aging and confront diseases. Traditional Chinese Food Therapry, involving Garlic, can be helpful for erictile dysfunctioning. There are many more herbs that have been traditionally used in China, for more details and therapy plans, write to us.

Published by Dr. Humayun Ajaz

Hi, I am Humayun, I hold MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Sciences from Germany. Currently I am working as faculty at the Department of Chemistry, Food Science and Technology, at a Public Sector University. I have immense interest in the fields of Food Science and Sports Nutrition.


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