Got Neck Pain? Eat Cherries!

by Hon Lee on July 15, 2015

Ripe cherries in a wooden bowl

Ripe cherries in a wooden bowl

Chinese medicine pays attention to the color, flavor, and thermal properties of foods, as well as how the foods are cooked or prepared. These factors determine how foods can be used as medicine to influence the physiological functions of the body's organ systems, including the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, skeletal, and endocrine systems.

Cherries, for example, are red, have a sweet and tart flavor, and are thermally warming. So, based on Chinese nutrition theory, Cherries are relatively warming, good for the heart and spleen/pancreas, promote circulation, and nourish blood.

According to Washington Post Reporter Lena Sun, eating a bunch of tart cherries also cured her neck pain.  After doing some research she found out that "cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help relieve inflammation, pain and damage to cells, organs and blood vessels. That's probably why nearly 100 professional and collegiate sports teams in the United States have their athletes drinking the stuff, according to sports medicine experts." Click this link to read her article.

Now that cherries are in season, this may be a great time to eat some!

Hon K. Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Herndon, VA., and the founder of Sports Edge Acupuncture Clinic. He is also an author, teacher, martial arts instructor, qigong practitioner and a U.S. Marine combat veteran. Proceeds from the sale of his memoirs go to charities that benefit wounded warriors and their families.

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