Understanding Chinese Medicine & Qi Gong
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Kay Hutchinson, who is our resident chinese medicine and qi gong expert and who is available to answer all your questions about chinese medicine and alternative health.
Kay has a private practice and is available for distance consultation, via telephone or email.
Kay answers all your chinese medicine and qi gong questions below:
Q: I have suffered from kidney stones for over 20 years and just had surgery to remove a large kidney stone.
I am now trying to monitor my diet until they determine the type of stones I form, so I am curious as to what types of foods I should avoid in my diet.
I've eliminated caffeine, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, certain fruit, red meat, peanuts, chocolate, sweet potatoes, green peppers, beets, wheat bran and tofu. Are asparagus and brussel sprouts considered members of the dark green leafy vegetable family?
I'm not sure what else should be eliminated. Can you please advise?
A: In Chinese medicine, we don't advocate restricting foods as a way to manage kidney stones but work on correcting the underlying imbalances that cause us to not be able to process some of the acids in foods.
From the western nutritional perspective, these foods are high in oxalic acid and are often recommended as things to avoid if you have kidney stones: rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, chocolate, wheat bran, nuts, beets, and tea.
Also, high amounts of sugar (refined and also other sources of simple carbohydrates), carbonated beverages, sodas, and fats should be reduced.
Our bodies need dark green leafy vegetables and brussel sprouts etc, so it is not wise to completely eliminate all dark green vegetables or you will develop other health imbalances. So the key is to eat these items but in small quantities and with other foods that neutralize acid - such as a small amounts of diary or with foods like barley.
Also adjusting the acidity of the body with simple foods like apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are desirable.
Life is too short to live with so many restrictions - instead, focus on building up on the strength of the kidneys and digestive system so you can handle most foods without aggravating the kidney stone manifestations. You might also consult with an herbalist that can help you in this regard.
Best of health and energy.
Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using herbs in your healing process.
Contact Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT at Aiki Healing today for a consultation for a custom herbal formulation.
Enjoy better health!