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Crabs and Chinese medicine

June 23, 2009

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Below is a description of the energetic qualities of crab meat according to Chinese medicine.  From the book Healing with Whole Foods, Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford.

Thermal nature: neutral

Flavor: sweet and salty

Properties: Nurtures the yin, moistens dryness; used in the treatment of bone fractures and dislocations, poison ivy, and burns.  In quantity, it has a toxic effect.  Contraindicated in conditions of wind (strokes, nervousness, spasm, etc.) and during exterior conditions such as the onset of the common cold.

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