Oriental Nutrition—the second branch of Oriental Medicine—is based on the same theory as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, therefore can increase organ function, blood circulation, or energy circulation. Using it properly will also increase response to care. The basic premise is two-fold: first, eat the correct food for your constitution. Second, eat the proper food for the season. This all comes from a wonderful school of thought in Oriental Medicine called the “Five Element Theory.”
To stimulate kidney and urinary bladder function eat foods from the water element (which correspond to winter): foods that are salty flavored or black. For example: black sesame seeds, mussels, walnuts or sea vegetables (such as hijiki, kelp or dulse).
Salt cravings can indicate kidney or bladder deficiency!
Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.