Medical Definition of Heatliness

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Heatliness: A characteristic of certain foods or other substances believed to cause emotional or physical reactions associated with temper, fever, passion, and excess.

Coolness and heatliness are the yin and yang of a principle of Chinese philosophy. Heatiness produces a feeling of unpleasant warmth, stickiness of the eyes and dark urine. Certain foods and herbs are heaty while others are cooling. Chilies, fried fish and meat are heaty. Cucumbers, leafy vegetables and green tea are cooling.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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