Goji Berry and Fish Soup

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising

Goji Berry and Fish Soup
4-6 servings
(Adapted from http://www.gojiberries.us)

1-2 fillets of whitefish (or fish of choice)
½ c goji berries
1 c shiitake mushrooms
1 scallion, chopped
5 thin slices of fresh ginger
5 c low-sodium broth
1-2 T rice wine
Mrs. Dash or other salt substitute
½ t Hoisin or plum sauce

1. Smear fish with 1 T of rice wine and a little Mrs. Dash/salt substitute, set aside.
2. Bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan.
3. Place the seasoned fish into the saucepan containing the stock.
4. Add in the goji berries, mushrooms, scallion, ginger and hoisin or plum sauce.
5. Simmer the soup until the fish is done (about 20 minutes).
6. If needed for taste, add another 1 T rice wine and salt substitute before serving.

TCM Analysis:
Whitefish: neutral, sweet; SP, LU, KD. Regulate fluids, strengthen SP.
Goji berries: neutral, sweet; LU, LV, KD. Nourish LV/KD, improve vision, moisten LU.
Shiitake mushrooms: neutral, sweet; ST, KD. Strengthen ST, regulate qi, lower BP, promote healing.
Scallion: acrid, warm; LU, LI. Release exterior, invigorate blood, drain damp.
Ginger: pungent, warm; LU, SP, ST. Disperse cold, stop nausea/vomiting, detoxify, reduce inflammation.
Broth: warm and harmonize MJ.
Rice wine: warm, acrid, sweet. Promote circulation.
Mrs. Dash or other salt substitute
Hoisin or plum sauce: acrid, sweet, salty. Harmonize MJ, strengthen KD.

Overall, this recipe nourishes LV/KD, invigorates blood, promotes circulation, regulates fluids, and harmonizes the MJ. Even though it has several warm ingredients, it can be used in cases of LV yang rising when due to LV/KD yin deficiency as it will nourish the yin to anchor yang.