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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.

Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Gluten-free, Lung Phlegm Cold, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

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Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Here is a variation as many people don’t know what chinese dates are or where to get them….just use mushrooms instead….almost any kind will work to boost immune system (LU/KD)

6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of sliced button or shitake mushroom

Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced mushroom pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.  Eat the ingredients if possible but not necessary

Serves: 3

Mitchell Harris L.Ac, MSTOM said:

Ginger-Scallion-Date Tea6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of black date (da zao)
Serves: 3
Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced date pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.

Lian zi Bai he Lian ao Tong shui

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Damp in Lower Jiao, Gluten-free, Shen Calming, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Lian zi Bai he Lian ao Tong shui
Ingredients:
Bai he: 30g
Lian zi: 30g
Lian ao: 50g
Brown sugar: 20g
water

How to cook:
1.Wash all ingredients( don’t wash brown sugar)
2. Slice lian ao
3. boil water
4. add Lian zi and bai he 30 mins in 2
5. add Lian ao  and cook another 30 mins and add brown sugar at the very end
( this is lazy way to cook TONG SHUI) coz lots people will cook brown sugar and water separate instead add at the very end
6. cool before serving

Serving size: 5 people

TCM ANALYSIS

Treat: Clear heat, calm spirit, support Kd, help urination

Lian Ao ( Lotus root)
-cool, sweet
-clear heat, relieve irritability, strengthen st, cool the blood, stop bleeding, promote diuresis- HTN, urinary problem

Lian Zi
– KD/SP/HT
– Sweet, astringe, neutral
– Calm spirit, strengthen SP, stop diarrhea
– Tonify kd, astringe essence: floating and spotting, vaginal discharge, premature ejaculation

Bai He
– HT/LU
– Sweet, sl bitter, sl cold
– Moisten the lung, suppresses cough
– Clear heart calm spirit

Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

Categories: Beverages, Damp in Lower Jiao, Gluten-free, Heat, Raw, Stomach Fire, Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

for after a tough day in the garden, or as an anecdote to too much Mexican and Margaritas.

To make a pitcher :
5 large stalks of Celery (cleaned, but don’t need to be trimmed)
4 Starfruit (Carambola)
3 cups of Grapes (cleaned with skins and seeds)
1 Lime (If possible, use mature, dark green limes that are kept at room temperature and rolled around on a hard surface before juicing. This will give you the most amount of juice and the best quality.)
And a few Sprigs of Mint.
Serve with halved grapes or sliced starfruit in a chilled glass. Enjoy!

by Mariah Van Horn

TCM ANALYSIS
Recipe for Damp Heat in the UB
When a patient is suffering from damp heat in the lower burner, there are not many dessert recipes they should probably be eating- since sweet and nourishing foods will not encourage the pattern to resolve. Therefore, I have written a recipe for a drink that will be very refreshing and will aid in removing the damp heat from the body.
This recipe would be cool and detoxifying. Some of the ingredients drain damp, treat Lin disorder and promote urination- while also promoting fluids. This would be great for Damp Heat in the Lower Burner, Summer Heat, and many other patterns dealing with Heat and Damp conditions. It could also be used to detoxify the body and purify the liver.

For Damp Heat drink 1 cup twice daily.
Drink 3 cups and eat minimally if the goal is to detoxify the body.

Barley tea

Categories: Beverages, Japanese, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mugicha (Barley Tea)

Made of whole grains of roasted barley, mugicha is drunk cold in the summer and after strenuous workouts.

Add ½ – 1 cup mugicha to 8 ¾ cups of boiling water. Bring back to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain discarding the barley, transfer the mugicha to a pitcher and chill. Mugicha is also available in teabags.

TCM ANALYSIS

Barley and Barley Tea: sweet sl. salty cool SP ST UB
Actions: strengthens SP and ST; supplements qi; leaches damp and promotes urination.
Indications: bloating, gas, poor appetite, loose stool, edema, painful urination, fever with thirst, Summerheat, SP deficiency with Damp Heat.

Road Rage Release Tea

Categories: Beverages, Dryness, Liver Fire Rising, Liver Yang Rising

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Road Rage Release Tea

sang ye (Mulberry Leaf) 15g
ju hua (Chrysanthemum Flower) 15g
jue ming zi (Cassia Seed) 15g
ku ding (Broadleaf Holly Leaf) 15g
bo he (Peppermint Leaf) 15g

Can be combined together as a group using 5g portions or mix and match to taste.
Steep in teapot for 20 minutes. Transfer to thermos. You are ready to drive in Chicago.

Indications: Red eyes, vertigo, dizziness, vexation, irritability, HBP.
ju hua – acrid, sweet, bitter, slightly cold. Affects liver, lung. Disperses wind and clears heat; Benefits and soothes Liver, Brightens eyes.
jue ming zi – sweet, bitter, slightly cold. Liver large Intestine. Clears heat from liver, brightens eyes, reduces hypertention.
ku ding – bitter, neutral, alkaline. Liver, Stomach. Lowers hypertension, clears heat.
sang ye- bitter, sweet, cold. Lung, Liver. Disperses wind, clears heat. Clears Liver, brightens eyes. Descends lIver yang
bo he- acrid, cool. Lung, Liver. Clears head and eyes, Spreads constrained Liver qi, disperses wind heat, vents rashes, benefits throat.

One can play around with these herbs to adjust to the main concern. If it’s HPN, focus on using ku ding and jue ming zi. If stress and irritability predominate use bo he and ju hua. If dizziness and vertigo predominate use sang ye. All of the above are suitable for dry and irritated eyes.

Cuaker

Categories: Beverages, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Vegetarian

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In South America there is a drink called Cuaker.

1 cup oatmeal
3 cups water
2 apples peeled and cut in chunks
¼ cup maple syrup
Pinch of stevia
½ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt for taste

Cook everything together for 30 minutes.  Blend and add more water if needed.  It should be a very thin congee consistency after blended. Serve warm.

The stevia is not traditionally added as far as I know but it helps to replace extra sweetener. Also, maple syrup is substituted for sugar as it has more nutrients.

TCM

oatmeal – Sweet, warm. Sp, Kd. Supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive system.
apples–Sweet, sour, cool. Spleen, stomach, heart and lung. Supplements heart, spleen and stomach. Moistens Lung and LI. Clears heat and promotes body fluids.
cloves — Acrid, warm. Kd, sp, st. Warms middle, directs st. qi downward, treats hiccup, fortifies kd. yang.
cinnamon — Acrid, sweet, hot. Ht, Kd, Lv, Sp. Warms and tonifies the yang, disperses cold, promotes the movement of blood.

The apples are cool and help to protect the spleen from the hot cloves and cinnamon. This recipe will help to tonify the spleen yang. Omit cinnamon and cloves if there is heat in the stomach.

Meditative Mint, Ginger and Tangerine Tisane

Categories: Beverages, Stomach Food Retention

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Meditative Mint, Ginger and Tangerine Tisane

1 to 2 servings

1-2 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped coarsely or 1 mint tea bag
1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon dried or fresh tangerine or orange peel
Honey (optional)

Boil water in a small pot.

Place mint, ginger and tangerine peel in the hot water, then lower the heat and simmer, covered for about 3 minutes.

Turn off heat and let the brew steep for another 3 minutes.

Remove the herbs by pouring the mixture through a strainer.

Add honey if desired, then serve.

Mint-cool, pungent, aromatic; LU/LV; expel wind and heat from head and eyes, promote eruptions, smooth LV qi stagnation
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Tangerine Peel-acrid, bitter, warm; SP/LU; regulate qi, harmonize, dry damp, transform phlegm
Honey-sweet, neutral; SP/LU/LI; nourish and harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, antidote to drug and food poisoning

Good for calming the stomach and eliminating food stag.

Especially good for anyone with stomach upset or hangover, or those who love the taste of tangerine, ginger and mint-yum!

CAN COFFEE AND TEA HELP PREVENT KIDNEY STONES?

Categories: Articles, Beverages, Food Education, Kidney Stones, Research Studies

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coffee cupCAN COFFEE AND TEA HELP PREVENT KIDNEY STONES?

Kidney stones are common, painful and expensive to treat. It is estimated that about three people in every 100 in the UK will suffer from them.

And Koo Stark, former girlfriend of Prince Andrew and herself a sufferer, recently revealed in ‘Hello’ magazine that the condition will prevent her having the home birth she would have preferred for the baby she is carrying.

But according to a new report drinking plenty of coffee, tea, beer or wine could reduce the risk of getting a kidney stone while apple juice and grapefruit juice could, however, increase the risk.

The finding comes from a six-year survey of more than 45,000 American men, aged 40 to 75, by a team from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA. The survey is part of a long-term study of cancer, heart and other diseases in which more than 50,000 health professionals are taking part.

Their drinking habits, with 21 different beverages from water to hard spirits, were compared with the development of 753 kidney stones among the men, none of whom had had one before.

After allowing for other effects, including other elements of the diet, the Harvard team put the decrease in risk at 10% for each 240ml (just over one and half cups) of coffee a day and 14% for tea. The same amount of beer (under half a pint) gave a reduced risk of 21% and of wine 39%. The risk increased by 35% for each 240ml of apple juice, and 37% for 240ml of grapefruit juice.

While the survey was on men over 40 who had not had a stone there was no reason to believe the findings would be any different for women, younger men or men who had already had kidney stones containing calcium oxalate.

The Harvard team suggest that caffeine interferes with the action of a urine-reducing hormone on the kidneys, while alcohol slows production of the hormone, resulting in more and weaker urine with less chance of crystals forming. More research is needed, they say.

Patients are usually advised to drink a lot to increase the volume of their urine, but this does not always work in preventing another stone. It would seem that what people drink could be as important as how much they drink.

Note to Editors:

Known medically as calculi, kidney stones may be formed due to an infection in the urinary tract or from an excess of salts in the bloodstream which crystallise in the urine. Stones which remain in the kidney may cause no discomfort but even a small stone on the move to the bladder can cause excruciating pain by tearing the lining of the urinary tract.

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Over Drinking Milk Can Lead to Calcium Being Pulled From the Bones

Categories: Articles, Beverages, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Nutritional Information, osteoporosis, Western Medicine

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