My Acupuncturist Says No Raw Food:

Created: July 5, 2022by Salvatore Crapanzano, C.C.Ir., B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc.

The basics: no raw food means

  • no raw food such as broccoli, cauliflower, raw carrots, or tomatoes, etc
  • no raw fruits such as Apples, pears, peaches, bananas, oranges, pineapple, berries, etc
  • no raw milk, milk, no cheese, no cottage cheese, or ricotta, or yogurt
  • no coconut milk, coconut cream
  • no raw greens, kale, etc
  • no nuts
  • no juicing

What Do I Eat?

Cook your vegetables thoroughly.

Cook your apples in the oven. I have done this myself.

Cut about 3 Granny Smith Apples in half, and core them as well, removing the seeds.

Bake at 365°F for about 50 minutes in a pie dish, flesh part down.  Add some water. After they are done, they are very mushy.

Eat them for desert. Granny smith apples baked will be sweet as well as sour.

In the winter, you can add cinnamon to it, as long as your acupuncturist approves.

Don't overdo the sour. If you do, please discuss with your acupuncturist.

Cheese Cake Out

Cheese cake contains cheese, and although wonderful to eat as a desert, it is actually raw food, because of the way it is made.

Yogurt is also raw food.


Raw strawberries are raw food. They are often nice and soft to eat though, and you can be fooled by this fruit.

They can be cooked in the oven as well with other berries.

Berries are all mostly cooling, so be careful if you have a TCM diagnosis which prohibits them even when you can eat them raw again.

Raw ginger, in moderation of high quality can help you warm your stomach and eat more cooling fruits and berries.

Key Diagnosis

Spleen-yang deficiency, and Kidney-yang deficiency.

Symptoms Which May Guide You to Cook All Foods Thoroughly

Leg-weakness, or arm-weakness. Inability to stand on your own two feet when shopping at the grocery store, without leaning on the shopping cart.

Weak memory, forgetfulness, brain fog. Tiredness. Fatigue.

Stomach pain, mostly abdominal pain. A band area around the navel.

Abdominal swelling, abdominal distention, eating very little, poor appetite

Drowsiness, sleepiness, in the afternoon, especially after eating a meal, (somnelesence)

Suggested Foods and Spices To Help Cure

Chicken thighs.

White or yellow mustard.

Black and white pepper.

Cinnamon powder.

Cayenne pepper.


Make sure you categorize, or itemize the spices, and herbal teas you regularly use. Also essential oils too.