• Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN

Hot & Warm Energetics

Updated: May 15

The feeling you get when you are cozied up in a wool blanket and sipping homemade hot cocoa by the fire is the feeling that encompasses your body with hot and warm energy foods and herbs...


Warm energies are a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and are one of the 4 main food energies.


Hot & warming foods pictured above: Organic cinnamon sticks, organic turmeric powder, organic ginger powder, black/red/white peppercorns, Pasture-raised chicken eggs, green-lipped mussels, grass-fed and finished lamb lung, grass-fed and finished lamb trachea, grass-fed and finished lamb kidneys, grass-fed and finished goat heart, grass-fed and finished venison, and ostrich liver

Hot and warming foods move energy upwards and outwards from the core....warming the body from the inside out. They increase blood flow and circulation. Hot & warming foods move energy upwards and outwards.


This energy is particularly great at improving circulation and nourishes the energy (qi, also known as the energy of everything) of the organs.


If a dog had cancer and were an energetic hot dog, this would be important to consider in a TCM treatment since many cancer drugs and herbs are energetically warming. Herbs like turmeric, horseradish, and ginger would add to the chronic inflammation and may not aid in recovery. According to TCM, it'd be best to dose cooling or neutral herbs to balance out the dog's qi instead.


Some signs that a dog has warm or hot energy are...

  • Seeks cool environments

  • Red skin & eyes

  • Panting at rest

  • Unquenchable thirst

  • Prone to irritation of the skin

  • Food sensitivities

  • Dry skin

  • Generally restless

  • Tips of ears are warm to touch when at rest.

  • Suffer from allergies

  • Anxiety