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Here at the BAQ Center we focus on energetic nutritional advice based on Qi Gong & TCM theory.

Nutrition in Chinese medicine is centered on the energetic properties of foods, drinks, and herbs. The objective of Chinese nutrition is to help the client achieve a balance between the yin yang energy within the body, meridians, and organs. This can be achieved through understanding the proper energetic values of the foods, drinks, and herbs we consume on a daily bases.


According to Qi Gong theory, foods should be consumed based on the season and the energy imbalances of the person. For example, the summer is considered a yang season, this would cause an increase of yang energy within the body and create internal heat. One should consider eating more cooling foods during the summer, such as salads, watermelon, banana, and other fruit.

Winter season brings about the yin and cooling energy. In this season one should consider eating more yang type foods to warm the body, such as soups, ginger, black pepper and beef.

Foods, drinks, and herbs can be classified in the following categories.


Tonifying Foods:

  • Tonifies Yang (lamb, quinoa, cinnamon, walnut)

  • Tonifies Yin (duck, egg, honey, watermelon)

  • Tonifies Blood (wweet rice, grape, beef, spinach)

  • Tonifies Qi (rice, potato, yam, oats)​​​

Regulating Food are used to:

  • Promotes Qi Circulation

  • Reduce Heat

  • Reduce Cold

  • Reduce dampness

  • Resolves phlegm

  • Removes toxins

  • Temperature of foods

  • Hot (deep fried)

  • Warm (baked)

  • Neutral (boiling)

  • Cool (steamed, poached)

  • Cold (raw)

​Five Element Theory Flavours

  • Sour benefits (liver, gall bladder)

  • Bitter benefits (heart, small intestine)

  • Sweet benefits (spleen, stomach)

  • Pungent benefits (lung, large intestine)

  • Salty benefits (kidney, bladder)

Integrative Nutrition

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