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Empty Sweet

In first year Oriental medicine school, I remember the Chinese teacher explaining the ‘flavors’ or ‘tastes’ associated with the organs. Each of the yin organs (heart, lung, kidney, liver and spleen) benefits from a specific taste of food or herbs. The corresponding tastes are bitter, pungent, salty, sour, and sweet. I remember quite vividly the class response when she told us that the spleen benefitted from sweet. Deep, approving murmers of satisfaction moved palpably through the group, accompanied by a slightly self-righteous and smug embrace of desire’s affirmation.