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Chai

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Vegetarian

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CHAI TEA

makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

2 qts water

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ c green cardamom pods

1 heaping tsp black peppercorns

½ heaping tsp whole cloves

Several slices of fresh ginger

1-2 black teabags (I like Darjeeling or Earl Gray)

Honey

Goat’s Milk

nutmeg

1) Combine all ingredients except for the tea bags; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 min.  Add the tea bags and continue to simmer for another 10-15 min.  Strain into a container to store.

2) To serve, reheat a desired amount and add honey and goat’s milk to taste; grate nutmeg over the top.

Variations:

Experiment by adding other dried herbs like dried tangerine peel or dried coconut.

You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk for the goat’s milk.

TCM ANALYSIS

Qi Stagnation with Cold in the Middle Jiao

Cinnamon:  Hot, acrid, and sweet; HT, LV, KD, SP; strengthens stomach, warms body.

Cardamom:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP; aids digestion, warms and resolves dampness, regulates Qi, stops

nausea and vomiting.

Black Peppercorns:  Hot, acrid; ST, LI; warms body, aids digestion

Cloves:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP, ST; warms body, reverses rebellious Qi.

Ginger:  Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; releases exterior Wind Cold, stops nausea/vomiting

Black Tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; clears the head, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion and urination

Honey:  Warm, sweet; LU, SP, ST; lubricates dryness, strengthens digestion

Goat’s Milk:  Neutral, sweet; strengthens, nourishes Qi and Blood, lubricates dryness

This recipe contains very warming and moving herbs that promote good digestion.  Goat’s Milk is

the traditional ingredient in this drink and even though it can be considered an acquired taste, in a

small amount, it works to tonify Qi and Blood.   Goat’s Milk is also much easier to digest than Cow’s

milk.  It can be used for indigestion, fatigue after meals, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Common Cold

Categories: Asian, Chicken, Gluten-free, Soup, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs, Wind Invasion (External)

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CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP FOR THE COMMON COLD serves 4

  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ¼ lb chicken, shredded
  • ¼ c preserved mustard greens, soaked, rinsed, and shredded
  • 4 slices ginger, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 tbs fermented black beans, soaked, rinsed, and chopped
  • 4 c chicken stock
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 oz rice vermicelli, presoaked in hot water until soft, drained
  • Fresh perilla leaves (or substitute with cilantro or basil)

1) Heat oil until smoking. Add chicken for 30 seconds. Add ginger, onions, greens, and black beans and stir fry for a few seconds.

2) Add chicken stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 min. add the soy sauce and sesame oil.

3) Divide noodles between 4 bowls, top with a handful of perilla leaves, and ladle the hot soup over the top.

 

EARLY WIND COLD INVASION

Coconut oil: warm, sweet; strengthening, moistening

Chicken: warm, sweet; tonifies Qi and Blood

Preserved Mustard greens: warm, acrid, salty; relieves common cold, ventilates Lungs, reduces swollen glands

Ginger: warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; promotes sweating, expels pathogen, opens LU

Green Onion: hot, acrid; LU, ST; promotes sweating, expels external pathogen

Fermented Black beans: warm, sweet, slightly bitter; LU, ST; releases exterior, illuminates irritability

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Sesame oil: warm, sweet; harmonizes Blood, lubricates intestines

Perilla Leaf: warm, acrid, aromatic; LU, SP; releases exterior, opens chest, moves QI

Rice noodles: sweet; tonifies SP, ST; nourishes QI

 

This recipe contains ingredients that disperse external pathogens but also treat an underlying deficiency of Wei Qi. It’s useful during the cold and flu season as a prophylactic tonic and in the early stages of the common cold.

Jason Cox

Artichoke and Dandelion Frittata

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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ARTICHOKE AND DANDELION FRITTATA serves 4

  • 4 Artichokes, trimmed, hearts removed and reserved
  • 1 bunch Dandelion Greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ c cream
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Pinches of nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded fontina or Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

1) Quarter the artichoke hearts and steam until tender, 5 minutes. Add the greens and steam until wilted, 2 min. spread the artichokes and greens evenly in a greased baking pan.

2) Beat eggs with the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in shredded cheese. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake frittata uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan over the top and place back in oven for 5-8 minutes more until the frittata is puffed and browned on the top.

Artichoke: cool, sweet, bitter; regulates Liver Qi, benefits Liver and Gallbladder, clears heat

Dandelion Greens: cool, bitter, slightly sweet; clears heat, detoxifies Liver, subdues Liver Yang

Eggs: cool, sweet; nourishes Yin, tonifies Blood

Cream/Cheeses: neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, tonifies Qi and Blood, lubricates

LIVER YIN DEFICIENCY WITH LIVER YANG RISING

This recipe will help with symptoms of Liver Yin Deficiency with Yang Rising like dizziness, blurred or impaired vision, headache, tinnitus, insomnia, and dry mouth and throat. It would also be useful with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and hot hands and feet. Even though the recipe contains ingredients like egg yolks and dairy, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily contribute to overall cholesterol imbalance in the body, and therefore, could still be beneficial for biomedical correlates of Yang Rising like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and conjunctivitis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Yang Deficiency or Damp constitution

Lamb and Bean Stew

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

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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 20 minutes, adding more broth if needed.

3) Add the curry, garlic, and chilies, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

4) Add the beans, adding more broth if necessary, until heated through, about 10 min.

5) Sprinkle with the lemon juice and season to taste with salt.

6) Serve over quinoa (with predominant Yang Deficiency) or white rice (with predominant Yin Deficiency)

TCM ANALYSIS

Coconut oil: warm, sweet; strengthening, moistening

Onion: warm, acrid; diuretic action

Lamb: hot, sweet; tonifies Yang, dispels cold

Bone broth: promotes strength, tonifies Blood and Essence

Curry powder: warm to hot, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Chilies: hot, acrid

Black beans: warm, sweet; tonifies Kidney, nourishes Yin and Blood

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, harmonizes stomach, regulates Qi

This is a warming recipe to treat symptoms of KD Yang Deficiency like cold body, weak lower back and knees, profuse or scanty frequent urination, lower leg edema, infertility, poor appetite, loose stools, dizziness, and tinnitus.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: patients with Heat sx

Enjoy.

Jason Cox

Pork and Prune Tagine

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Mediterranean, Pork

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PORK AND PRUNE TAGINE serves 4

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-1/2 or 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin and turmeric
  • 1 organic lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c prunes, soaked in hot water until soft, 1 hour, and drained
  • ¼ c honey
  • 1 tbs orange flower water
  • ¼ c sliced almonds, toasted

Couscous

1) Heat 2 tbs oil, med high, and brown pork, 10 min. Remove and pour off fat.

2) Add remaining 1 tbs oil, lower heat to medium, and add onion and garlic, 5 min. Add spices and stir for a few minutes.

3) Return pork to pan with 1 cup of water and the lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the pork is tender, 45 min – 1 hour. Add extra liquid if the stew becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Add prunes and honey and cook and additional 20-30 min. stir in the orange flower water.

5) Garnish with almonds and serve with couscous.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

DRYNESS (YIN DEFICIENCY)

Pork: slightly cold, sweet; moistens and nourishes organs

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, lubricates dryness

Onion: warm, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Cinnamon: hot, acrid, sweet

Dried ginger: hot, acrid

Cumin: warm, acrid

Turmeric: warm, acrid

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst, moves Qi

Prunes: warm, sweet, sour; consolidates Lung, moistens Intestines

Honey: warm, sweet; nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness

Orange water: cool, sweet, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst and moistens Lung, moves Qi

Almonds: neutral, sweet; lubricates Lung and Intestines

This recipe is used to produce and move fluids to lubricate the Metal portions of the body – the Lungs and Large Intestines. It can be used for conditions like chronic cough, chronic sinus or respiratory infection, and constipation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Build up of Damp in the Lungs or diarrhea

 

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Salad, Vegetarian

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BEET AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD serves 4

  • 4 beets, peeled
  • 4-1/2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbs chives
  • Salt/pepper
  • Several handfuls of young arugula
  • ½ apple, julienned
  • 2 tbs turbinado/brown sugar
  • 2 tbs rice vin
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black sesame seeds

1) Bring water and beets to a boil, simmer until tender, 30 min. Drain and cool. Cut each beet into 8 wedges.

2) Blend cheese and chives and season with s & p.

3) Combine sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce. Beat dressing with enough olive oil until emulsified.

4) Toss beets and arugula with the dressing, scatter chunks of the cheese and julienned apple over the salad, drizzle with more evoo and sesame seeds.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

HEART BLOOD DEFICIENCY LEADING TO HEAT

Beets: cool, sweet; nourishes blood, tonifies heart, cleanses the liver

Goat Cheese: warm, sweet, salty; nourishes blood, strengthens the kidney and Qi, moistens dryness,

Arugula: cool, bitter; clears heat

Apple: cool, sweet, slightly sour; tonifies the heart and Qi, reduces dryness.

Brown sugar: warm, sweet; strengthens digestion, pacifies heart

Rice vinegar: warm, sour; invigorates blood, astringes liver from fanning heart fire

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, moistens

Sesame seeds: neutral, sweet; harmonizes Blood, nourishes LV and KD Yin and calms the spirit.

 

This recipe is used for Heart Blood Deficiency with Heat. It can be used for conditions like anemia, heart weakness, and hypertension with symptoms like dry throat, insomnia, palpitations, and poor memory.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Spleen Qi Deficiency with a buildup of damp and cold

Jasmine Infused Pumpkin Soup

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

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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.