Continuing translation of chapter 24 of Essentials from the Golden Cabinet (Jin gui yao lue) by Zhang Zhong-Jing, a 1,700 year old text.
Liver organ meat, especially if it’s from an animal that died on it’s own, should not be eaten as a regular food.
Avoid eating heart because the heart houses the spirit, which will seek revenge later.
Do not eat meat or fish that doesn’t pick up dust or dirt when dropped on the ground.
Do not eat meat that floats on water.
Do not eat meat or fish that neither a dog or bird would eat.
Do not eat meat that doesn’t stir when roasted, but moves when touched by water.
Do not eat meat that has dark red spots on it.
Live animals whose flesh is hot to the touch and hemorrhaging should not be eaten.
Cannibalism will upset the spirit and the soul.
Do not drink cold water when eating fat meats and hot broth.
Eating spoiled rice or stinky fish will cause harm.
Do not eat animals that died (not slaughtered) with their mouths closed.
Animals that died en masse on their own died from an epidemic; they are poisonous.
Do not eat an animal that died on its own, found in a prostrate position with its head facing north. Eating it will kill the person.
Eating raw meats, or drinking milk to the full, will give rise to blood worms and white worms.
Eating beef from cattle that died in an epidemic disease will cause severe diarrhea and hard tumors to develop. Purging herbs should be used.
Preserved meat stored in an urn with rice and kept through the summer becomes poisonous. Eating it will cause kidney disease.