Anything that gives off a pungent spicy aroma is considered to have activating, moving and expectorating properties when it is consumed into the body.
Spices are seen to increase circulation; they move energy, blood and other fluids. One outcome of this increased movement is to help expel unwanted particles from the body; wastes, phlegm and toxins are pushed out from the pores, the lungs and other exits.
You can easily see how spices can cause movement and activity by simply sniffing them. They will cause lots of activity in your nose and your sinuses (causing them to release mucous). They may even make your eyes water.
In Chinese Medicine the growth of cancerous cells is strongly linked to a build up of toxins and phlegm in the pathways inside the body. (There is a long, yet clear explanation for this which I will explain in future articles).
One of the methods used in Chinese Medicine to help expel cancerous cells from the body is spices and aromatic herbs. As they can be used to both expel toxins and other things which should not be part of the body; and also they are seen to be useful for activating and charging up the immune system which a healthy body uses to destroy any mutating cells.