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Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Asian, Gluten-free, Kidney Water Overflow, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

            Winter Melon Soup 3 qt vegetable broth 3 c winter melon, peeled and chopped 2 carrots 2 celery stalks 1 onion 12 Chinese mushrooms, stems removed 6 oz tofu noodles or finely sliced baked tofu 1 tsp chives 1 tsp peanut oil 1 Tbsp tamari Directions: cook together until tender, about 25 minutes, season with chives, tamari and peanut oil. Serving Size: 4 TCM pattern: UB damp heat; KD water overflow TCM Evaluation:  winter melon is sweet, bland and cool, detoxifies and drains damp; […]

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Stuffed Lotus Root

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

Stuffed Lotus Root Ingredients: 1 medium lotus root ½ C dry mung beans ½ C carrot, diced Instructions: Soak mung beans in water for 30 minutes. Chop off one end of the lotus root (about 1 inch). You will see several holes in the root. Fill the holes with mung beans and diced carrot. Press stuffing in with a fork or chopstick. Steam for 1 hour, or until the lotus root is thoroughly cooked. Check tenderness with a fork. Chop into thin slices and serve. Makes 3-4 small servings (as […]

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Coconut Sweet Rice

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Coconut Sweet Rice (serves 4-6) 1 cup sweet rice 2 cups coconut milk Pinch of salt 1. Rinse the rice in 1 or 2 changes of water. 2. If making with salt, place the rice in a saucepan, add salt and coconut milk, then bring to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat and continue cooking, uncovered, until nearly all the coconut milk is absorbed and a layer or cream remains. Stir, cover, and let sit 5 minutes. Analysis: Sweet rice is sweet, neutral, and slightly binding. It supplements qi […]

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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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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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Zucchini Stew For UB Damp Heat

Categories: Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Erika Anderson Zucchini Stew for UB Damp Heat Ingredients: 4 Zucchini Cut Lengthwise and 1 inch Wide UB, K Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Diuresis, Quenches Thirst 3 Tomatoes Cut into halves UB, K, SP ST Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Fluid, Supplements K 5 Asparagus Spears Cut into 1 inch Pieces LU, SP, K SL. Cool, Sl. Warm Sweet Reduces Dampness, Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Blood Circulation 1 Onion Chopped ST, LU,LI Cold Sweet, Sour Clears Heat Transforms Damp ½ Tsp. Tumeric Cool 1 Tsp. Salt […]

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Kasha Cereal

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

Kasha Cereal Ingredients 1 cup buckwheat groats 4-5 cups boiling water ½ onion, diced (optional) A few grains sea salt Instructions 1. Place all ingredients in a pot with the boiling water. Bring to a boil again. 2. Cover. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 min until soft. 3. Place in a bowl. Serves 2-4 Buckwheat – sweet, cool; SP/ST/UB; drains damp heat, clears heat relieves toxicity, (CC: xu colds/sx) Onion – pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp

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Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Cold, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad SERVES: 6 1/4 cup pine nuts 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 small head of radicchio, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces 1 bunch of arugula (4 ounces) 1 small fennel bulb-halved lengthwise, cored and sliced paper thin crosswise 1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), quartered 3 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (optional) In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, shaking the pan, until golden brown, about […]

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Watermelon Mint Granite

Categories: Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Watermelon Mint Granite 10 cups of chopped watermelon (Cold, Sweet – clears heat) Juice from ½ lemon (Sour, Tonifies Lungs, moderates LV – Helps stop excessive sweating) 4 leaves of mint (Cool, acrid – Vents the exterior) 1T agave syrup (protects spleen) Put watermelon and mint in a blender and puree. Add lemon juice and agave syrup to taste and blend thoroughly. Pour in glass baking dish and freeze. Stir occasionally as ice starts to form. Serves 8

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Simple Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Diabetes, Spleen Damp Heat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Simple Winter Melon Soup 2 to 3 servings 6 (5 ounces fresh, 1 ounce dried) fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms 1 (1-pound) wedge winter melon 3 cups chicken, bone, or vegetable stock 1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, slivered into 1/16-inch slices 1/4 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined Salt, soy sauce, or sodium-reduced soy sauce (optional) 1-2 teaspoons dark sesame oil 1 medium-sized green onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces, roots and tough end discarded If you are using dried mushrooms, soak them in 1/2 cup of warm water for 20 minutes or […]

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