recommended foods

Many common foods are powerhouses when it comes to self-healing. On the physical level, they can prevent as well as address breast cancer by helping to detoxify the body, expel a precondition of breast cancer in TCM known as "internal cold," and strengthen the Liver, Stomach, and Kidney — the three most important organs for women's health.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles, these are the best recommended foods for breast cancer prevention and treatment. Following also are tips for eating in harmony with your body's natural cycles.

If you have breast cancer and are undergoing treatments, also see our section on foods for surgery and foods for chemotherapy and radial ton for more dietary recommendations.


Note: Vegetables must be steamed or cooked in some way. Eating raw vegetables requires you to spend more Qi or energy — energy that you need for healing.
  • Aduki beans
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Mushrooms
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Soy Beans


  • Dates
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Pears
    (any type including Asian pears)
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon


  • Chestnuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Walnuts


  • Clams
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Cold water fish
    (salmon, tuna, flounder, etc.)

asian foods

  • Bamboo tips
    (available canned)
  • Bamboo shoots
    (available canned)
  • Black beans
  • Chinese red dates
    (Hong zao)
  • Chinese pearl barley
  • Chinese white fungus
  • Green tea
    (any kind except decaffeinated)
  • Lotus seeds
  • Mung beans
  • Quail eggs
    (fresh or canned)
  • Red beans
    (Hong dao)
  • Seaweed