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Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Beans

Categories: Asian, Bi Syndrome Hot, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Bean  (6 – 8 servings)  Ingredients ¼ cup rice ½ cup job’s tears (coix, Chinese pearl barley, yi yi ren) ¼ cup mung beans ¼ cup adzuki beans fresh ginger, sliced (use a piece approximately the size of your thumb) 1 – 2 inch square piece of kombu or comparable amount of wakame 7-8 cups water Directions Soak the rice, job’s tears, mung beans, and adzuki beans in water overnight. Drain and place in a non-reactive cooking pot. Add the water and […]

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Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup six servings *8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife *8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly *8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly *2 sticks of cinnamon *1 tsp anise seeds *1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive) *1/2 cup rice wine or sake *7 cups water -2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian) -1 […]

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Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad)

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp

Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad) Japan The color combination of white daikon and red carrot is regarded as a symbol of happiness. Serves four Ingredients 8 inch daikon 2 carrots 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar 4 ½ tbsp rice vinegar 1 tbsp white sesame seeds Cut the daikon into three pieces, and then thickly peel the skin. Peel the carrots and cut them into 2 inch pieces. Slice both vegetables very thinly lengthwise then across to make very thin matchsticks. Place the daikon and carrot […]

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Split Pea and Barley Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Split Pea and Barley Soup (serves six) 14 cups of water 1 pound green split peas ½ cup barley, rinsed in a strainer 1 TBL olive oil 1 bay leaf 2 TBLS unsalted butter 2 medium onions, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 carrots finely diced 1 celery rib, finely diced 1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried 1 tsp salt Freshly ground black pepper to taste Instructions In a large stockpot combine water, split peas, barley, olive oil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then […]

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Beet Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood - Blood Stagnation Beet Soup This soup can help build blood, and help your blood move freely throughout the body.  It helps break up blood stagnation.  Beets are also beneficial for the eyes. This soup can help strengthen the eyes and improve vision.  The soup is also gentle on your digestive system. It can help drain damp, and strengthen the spleen and stomach. Ingredients 5-6 carrots 2-3 large beets 2 onions 2-4 stalks celery 3-4 cloves garlic 2 Tablespoon miso 2 Tablespoon Olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, […]

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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 […]

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Lamb and Bean Stew

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Lamb, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity

LAMB AND BEAN STEW serves 4-6 3 tbs coconut oil 2 onions, chopped 2 lbs Lamb chops or spareribs, chopped in large pieces (including bone) Bone broth 2 tsp curry powder 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 Thai chilies, minced 4 cups beans (black beans, kidney beans, or a combination of both) cooked in bone broth Juice of ½ lemon Salt 1) Heat the oil, medium high, and sauté the onions until golden, 8-10 minutes. 2) Add the Lamb pieces with about a ¼ cup of broth, cover, and simmer for […]

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Jasmine Infused Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Soup, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegetarian

JASMINE INFUSED PUMPKIN SOUP serves 4   1 3 lb winter squash (such as acorn, butternut, or kabocha squash), peeled and diced 5 c vegetable stock Several slices fresh ginger 1 tsp jasmine (or any other) tea 1 c boiling water Roasted squash/pumpkin seeds Scallions or chives, sliced dried cranberries, reconstituted in boiling water and minced 1) Boil pumpkin in stock with ginger, simmer until tender, 30 min or until squash is tender. Remove ginger slices. 2) Steep tea in boiling water 5 min, strain. 3) Puree soup in batches, add tea until desired consistency, and simmer until warm. 4)  Season with salt and pepper. 5) Ladle soup into bowls and garnish w onions, seeds, and cranberries. ENJOY… Jason Cox   TCM ANALYSIS SPLEEN QI DEFICIENCY LEADING TO DAMP Winter squash:  cool, sweet; dispels damp Ginger:  warm, acrid;  LU, SP, ST;  stops nausea Tea:  cool, bitter; clears head, resolves phlegm, promotes urination Squash/pumpkin seeds:  cold, sweet; promotes urination, reduces swelling Scallions:  hot, acrid; induces sweating Cranberries:  sour, cooling: promotes urination, supports kidney function This is a nourishing soup that is perfect for Spleen Qi Deficiency with buildup of damp in the body.  The recipe is diuretic in action, but is mild in nature.  Therefore, it would be a good addition to any treatment protocol treating deficiency (Spleen, Kidney) rather than excess.   The cool nature of the ingredients will also benefit the damp condition if it’s combined with heat. The recipe may benefit patients with water metabolism problems like edema, ascites, diarrhea, as well as urinary tract infections due to Damp Heat.  Some of the ingredients also reduce swelling and may be useful with issues like prostate enlargement and hydrocele with inhibited urination. CONTRAINDICATIONS:  wouldn’t be good for patients with Yin Deficiency dryness who don’t have enough fluids to disperse.

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Sauted Chinese Vegetables

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp

Lung Phlegm Heat- Metal – nina gaglio Sautéed Chinese Vegetables Serves 3 to 4 1 hand full of Bok Choy- chopped 4 carrots chopped into 1-inch cubes 1 large onion finely chopped Bok Choy- sweet, neutral, ST, LU, LI. Cleat, promotes bowel movement. Carrot- sweet, neutral, LU, SP, LV, HT. Benefits the lung, drains damp. Onion- pungent, LU. Clears heat resolves toxicity. Overall TCM Functions: Clears heat from the LU and drains dampness.

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Lotus root stew

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Spleen Damp, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

HT and SI Fire- Fire – nina gaglio Serves 3 to 4 Lotus Root Stew 1 cup of white rice soaked over night 2 oz of fresh lotus root (sliced) 4 cups water 1 cup mung beans pinch of salt and peper Overall TCM Functions: Clear fire from HT and SI harmonize middle jiao. Rice- sweet, neutral, SP, ST. Supplements SP/ST, generates fluids. Lotus Root- sweet, cool, astringent, HT, SP, KD. Stabilize and bind essence. Mung Bean- sweet, cold, HT, ST, UB. Clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.

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