I am an acupuncturist who also eats a lot of raw foods. I was eating 100% raw foods for 2 straight years before I studied TCM. For the first year I felt and looked amazing, tonnes of energy, then I started getting digestive problems like constipation, bloating and eczema. I had little information about how to do the raw diet correctly and very little understanding of TCM food energetics and so forth.
Now having studied TCM, I've gone back to a high raw diet, about 90% raw. I agree, it's not for every person or every condition but it does help some people. I have a hot-damp constitution and find that raw food helps. It's winter here in Toronto Canada, -20 C and I'm not craving cooked food much at all. I do crave a lot of seaweeds though. If I've been working too hard and feel depleted, I drink a smoothie made with chlorella and find my energy increases. I agree on the kombucha too.
I know I can juice up some ginger/beet/carrot juice if I feel cold but so far I don't. I eat a fair bit of dates which are warming and avoid bananas which are cold. Last year I was eating a lot of bananas in late winter and found that my teeth started chattering indoors!, perfect evidence that bananas cool the body.
Also, many raw recipes have a predominantly sweet taste which strengthens the spleen and stomach but in excess can create an imbalance. I don't crave sweet flavours all that much as salty foods are more my thing. I'm learning to bring in all the different flavours by adding some chili peppers, garlic, sea salt, onions, etc. to round out the flavours and create more of a balance with the elements and organ systems as described in Henry Lu's Chinese System of Food Cures.
While many TCM books state that raw food is to be avoided because it can create Spleen Qi deficiency, it's important to note that we are living in a modern era with many kitchen appliances at our disposal which were not even dreamed of at the time when the TCM classics were written. Nowadays raw foodists use food processors, juicers, blenders and dehydrators to pre-digest the food so it's easy to digest and not much of a burden on the Spleen.
For others who are reading this, just as with the vegetarian or vegan diet, the raw vegan diet requires a lot of commintment to eating nourishing foods and living a healthier lifestyle. Some vegetarians are "junk food vegetarians", eating a lot of processed foods like cookies and chips which are vegetarian but not healthy. So just because you are vegetarian/vegan or raw vegan doesn't mean you are always healthy, but if you follow some of the standard requirements for switching to a more plant-based or raw diet such as eating greens, less dairy, getting enough sleep, avoiding junk foods, keeping your energy balanced through yoga, meditation, tai chi, acupuncture etc. if you really commit to healthy habits, the pay-off is huge.
With less tonifying animal products in your system, the body can't cope with all the energy-depleting habits one may have such as working late nights, burning the candle at both ends,
caffeine addiction, drug and alcohol use/abuse, or being in very aggressive workplaces or environments. For example, some people go vegan and find that their body won't tolerate alcohol. They have to make a choice, stay vegan or eat animal products and drink alcohol.These lifestyle issues often don't fit well with a vegan or raw vegan diet in my opinion as I have observed in myself and others that the diet fosters a more gentle, compassionate and sensitive energy system.