Stir-fry for LU qi xu w/ phlegm in LU

Categories: Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Qi Vacuity

Love Your Lungs:
A Stir-fry for LU qi xu w/ phlegm in LU
By Katie Fritz

1 medium sized daikon radish, chopped to your liking
2-3 carrots, chopped to your liking
1 handful of shitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1/4 c. raw almonds, chopped
2 c. mustard greens, chopped
2 c. cooked white rice
Peanut oil for stir-frying
Rice vinegar to taste
Salt to taste

In a rice cooker (or on the stovetop) place together 1 c. white rice, 2 c. water & a pinch of salt. If using a rice cooker, sit back & enjoy the ride. If cooking on the stove top: rice will take about 12-15 min to cook (bring to a boil & then simmer to prevent burning it to the bottom of your stainless steel pan).

In a pan, heat a few tablespoons of peanut oil. Add onion & sautee until translucent. Add carrots & daikon, sautee for about 5-10 min. Add shitake, mustard greens & almonds, sautee until greens are wilted about another 5 min.

Add your cooked rice to the pan & stir-fry until all ingredients are heated & nicely mixed. Add your desired amount of rice vinegar & salt to taste.

Servings: 2-4

TCM analysis:
Daikon — cool, acrid & sweet: removes food stagnation, moistens LU; loosens phlegm in LU
Carrots — cool, sweet & acrid: strengthen all the internal organs; supplements MJ
Shitake — neutral & sweet: strengthens ST
Onion — acrid & warm: promotes sweat, resolves phlegm
Almonds — neutral & sweet: ventilates LU, transforms phlegm
Mustard greens — warm & acrid: ventilates LU, dissolves mucus
White rice — sl. cool & sweet: clears heat, moistens yin
Peanut oil – moistens
Rice vinegar — warm & sour: invigorates, astringes, closes pours
Salt — cold, salty & sl. sweet: harmonizes & promotes digeston

The overall purpose of this recipe is to tonify Metal & clear phlegm. Most of the ingredients are acrid/moving substances that stimulate LU qi & transform phlegm. The rice vinegar is astringing LU qi & the shitake, carrots & rice are supplementing the mother (Earth) to tonify Metal. There are some moistening ingredients, which I don’t think will be too counterproductive since they are present in small amounts.