Barley soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Spleen qi xu with dampness

Barley soup

The barley soup can help both drain damp and tonify the middle jiao. This is a good soup for someone who has a weak digestive system, and needs a filling dinner that will not aggravate their stomach. This soup might make a person urinate frequently because it is helping drain damp, as well as relieve toxicity.

  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup pearled barley uncooked
  • 1 cup mung bean, pre-soaked if dry
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

Preparation:

In a large soup pot, sauté the onions, celery, and any other vegetables for 3-5 minutes. Add water and all other ingredients and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium low.  Allow to simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally, until barley is soft and somewhat fluffy. Add more spices to taste and enjoy!

Onions- Pungent; lung; clears heat relieves toxicity.

Celery- Sweet, bitter, cold; liver, stomach; clears heat, tonifies kidneys, strengthens spleen/stomach, lowers blood pressure, benefits blood, calms liver and shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp transforms phlegm.

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Pearled barley- Bland, cold; spleen, stomach, urinary bladder; tonifies spleen and stomach

Mung Bean- Sweet, cold; heart, stomach, urinary bladder; clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.

Salt- Salty, cold; kidney; clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Black Pepper- Acrid, warm; stomach, large intestine; warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold.

Basil- Pungent, warm; stomach, lung; diaphoretic, harmonizes stomach, counteracts seafood poisoning.

Oregano- Pungent, bitter, neutral; heart, small intestine, lung, large intestine; drains damp, fever, vomiting, dysentery, colds, jaundice and diarrhea. It is antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral. It has been used to promote menstruation and as a digestive aid.

Thyme- Acrid and warm; lung and stomach; resolves the exterior and dispels cold, moves the qi and opens the stomach, down bears counter flow and stops cough, wind cold with a headache, body aches and pains, indigestion, abdominal distention.

Contraindicated in anyone who is already experiencing diarrhea or frequent urination.