Tofu in TCM:Explore the properties of Tofu according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
Channels: LI, ST, SP
Tonifies: qi, yin
Regulates: clears heat, eliminates toxins
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Tofu is known for their ability to tonify qi and yin. It also clears heat and eliminates toxins from the body.
In general the ancient Chinese medical texts cite that Tofu enters the Stomach, Spleen, and Large Intestine. Like all legumes listed in the beans category the flavor of Tofu is sweet, and it is considered to be cold in temperature. Always be especially careful with over-consumption of hot or cold foods, especially if you are experiencing problems with your health.
Editors note: It is inadvisable to consume large amounts of Tofu for several reasons. Firstly consider that tofu is cold in temperature, and although it has been touted for its health benefits over-consumption of cold foods could contribute to health problems. Secondly tofu is a processed food, and there are questions as to what are the processing methods used by the corporations. In some cases the processing may make tofu more toxic, so its advisable to buy tofu from only the most trusted manufacturers. Last remember that soy is made from soybeans, and that as of 2015 more than 90% of soy products consumed in the USA were genetically modified. There may be serious health consequences associated with consuming GMO foods, which may contain significantly less nutritional density and in some cases pesticides like glyphosate.
When consumed in moderation, and with a temperature balanced diet, organic tofu can still be an excellent healthful addition to your diet.