Chinese herbs are said to have 4 energies: cold, cool, warm, and hot. So is the food in our daily diet classified in the same way?

 Chinese herbs are said to have 4 energies: cold, cool, warm, and hot. So is the food in our daily diet classified in the same way?

A: Medicines and foods share the same origins and they both can be used as medicine. Therefore, foods can also be classified into cold, cool, warm and hot energies. Actually, most foods have a neutral nature; however certain foods have extreme energies, for example, cold foods include bamboo shoot, banana, bitter gourd, clam, crab, grapefruit, kelp, lettuce, muskmelon, persimmon, salt, seaweed, star fruit, sugarcane, water chestnut, watermelon and lotus root; hot foods include peppers, chili, cinnamon, cottonseed, ginger and chives. It is important to know about the energies of food because different energies act upon the human body in different ways and affect the state of health. If a person suffers from cold rheumatism and the pain is particularly severe on a cold winter's day, eating foods with warm or hot energy shall relieve the pain considerably. Or if a person suffers from skin eruptions that worsen when exposed to heat, it is beneficial to eat food with a cold or cool energy to relieve symptoms.