Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

The Five Main Zang Organs & Their Foods







Black cherries
Black cherry juice
Red Clover
Glutinous rice

Bitter greens

Yellow potatoes
Sweet rice
Yellow squash
Winter squash

Pear Juice

Black mushrooms
Black sesame
Soup bones
Aduki beans
Kidney beans
Shitake mushrooms


Shell fish
Fried food

Excess sugar
Fried food
Raw food
Cold food

Excess wind

Cold food
Frozen food


  1. Krystal says:

    This chart is helpful in thinking about balancing your meals and food choices. Today for lunch I happen to have packed beets (Heart – though they are yellow beets so maybe they are better for the spleen), pork tenderloin (kidney) and yams (spleen) with a slaw with red cabbage, carrots, kale and mustard greens (liver and spleen.) Almost every organ was represented — I just have to make sure lungs are covered with dinner!

  2. Suzie Luenser says:

    This is a nice reference. So many great balanced meals materializing in my mind as I look at this list!

  3. Melissa Kordela says:

    I like this chart. It has some new foods that I haven’t seen in other charts I’ve looked at for this. I am noticing that the raw food issue has been the most challenging for me to explain with some people in my family. It seems incomprehensible that anything raw can create weakness.

  4. Radha says:

    What surprised me is that the kidneys specifically don’t like frozen things…what’s that about?

  5. Mia says:

    It’s interesting that the colors of the foods correspond to the colors of the organs. Like helps like?

    • Sai Houston says:

      My eye sight is really getting better since I’ve been eating orange color vegetables such as carrots , orange and yellow peppers . Orange color vegetables are amazing too .

  6. Toshi Toyoda says:

    Liver dislike caffein?
    Maybe yes but coffee has benefit for liver.

    Please check this

  7. Ann Williams says:

    I am so pleased to have this chart available regarding the specific foods and herbs that benefit our five main zang organs, as well as our health in general. Thanks for posting it!

  8. Sai Houston says:

    Thank you Lana for this food like and dislike chart , I made copies for my friends and family . I love pears , glad to know pears are great for lungs .

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  10. Heather Lilly says:

    I love to cook/experiment in the kitchen. Now I have been trying to integrate the herbs we are learning into my recipes. Ever since we covered Hei zhi ma in the Tonify Yin category, I have taken a small handful daily to keep the gray hair at bay. Well, I devised a yummy recipe for the Kidneys:
    I used the regular egg yolk wash and battered some fish with a mixture of 1 cup roasted black sesame, 1 cup almond flour and a dash of salt and pepper. Fried in coconut oil and turned out delish’!

  11. Liz Spurlock says:

    I should post this in my kitchen!

  12. Robi Robinson says:

    Planting and then, growing, the Nui Bang Zi (Burdock seeds) that Lana brought in from her garden has been a real treat. My plants have been growing so much with the infusion they’ve received from the recent (YAY) rains.

    My intention is to use some of the roots I harvest in stir fry and tea. I’ll be increasing the nutritional content of food for my family while moistening our intestines and supporting our Lungs.

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  14. Roxanna Hope says:

    I’m printing this out and hanging it in my kitchen.

  15. Roxanna Hope says:

    In order to grow Burdock seeds do you need a big planter? How tall do the plants get?

  16. Binyamina says:

    Would an excess wind food be something dry or crunchy? I am trying to understand which foods the lungs wouldn’t like…

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