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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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Pumpkin and chestnut soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pumpkin and chestnut soup Ingredients: 2 onions 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium pumpkin or squash 2 pints vegetable stock 1 cup dried chestnuts, soaked 2 cloves garlic 1 bayleaf 1 teaspoon rosemary Splash of cider vinegar Parsley to garnish Pinch paprika Method: Presoak the chestnuts overnight or use fresh chestnuts if available. Chop the onions roughly and fry in the olive oil until softened. Chop the pumpkin, removing the skin and seeds, and sweat with the onions, turning occasionally until it starts to soften. Add the vegetable stock, chestnuts, […]

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