Eastern Medicine, which can include things like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC), often looks at nutrition and foods that affect your mood — as well as your health in general. "Food in Chinese medicine has many qualities to it," Elizabeth Trattner, a Chinese and Integrative Medicine expert, tells Bustle. "First a food can be categorized by its tastes and corresponds to an organ system in TCM. Food also has a thermodynamic energy to it." That's why, for example, cold foods may be avoided in order to correct an imbalance. For TCM, achieving balance is key for health and wellness.
Ayurveda, which originated in India, has a similar philosophy. "Ayurveda understands our bodies as being a careful balance of elemental forces: Vata (the wind element), Kapha (the earth and water element), and Pitta (the fire element)," Martha Soffer, expert Ayurvedic healer and founder of Surya Spa, tells Bustle. "Together these elemental forces are called Doshas. When a specific Dosha is aggravated, that aggravation manifests as different physical and mental imbalance or ailment."
When such an imbalance occurs, you might feel more angry, anxious, or spacey. "For example, if you are experiencing aggravated Pitta, meaning excess heat or fire in your body, you might experience physical symptoms like rashes or rosacea as well as emotional symptoms like anger or frustration," Soffer says. "Likewise, if you are experiencing excess Vata or wind, you might experience a sense of mental unease or anxiety. Ayurveda is therefore the practice and science of balancing those elements using a combination of highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments, herbal recommendations, and, of course, diet modifications."
Which is, of course, where the following foods and drinks come into play. Here are a few foods that may cause anger, anxiety, or spaciness, according to Eastern Medicine experts.