Five Tastes and Four Natures of Chinese dietary regime
Basically, the Chinese dietary regime consists of Five Tastes and Four Natures. Five Tastes are Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty, and Pungent; and Four Natures are Cold, Hot, Cool, and Warm.
The Five Tastes predominates how much effects a food or drug will do to the organism. Sour food, for instance, will accumulate and concentrate essential energy. Bitter food, on the other hand, unlocks blocked centers as well as promotes healthy bowel movement. While salty food can mitigate the feelings of heaviness, pungent food is able to enhance circulation and preservation of essential energy: 芒鈧換i.芒鈧?And for the Four Natures, they are effective in fighting illnesses by being opposite in nature to them.