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Shiitake and Shan Zha Congee

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention, Wei Qi Vacuity

Shiitake and Shan Zha Congee

 

Spleen Qi Vacuity with high cholesterol

Function: strengthen SP, help digestion, regulate qi and relieve stagnation.  It could use for sp/st xu with blood stasis and to lower LDL.

Ingredients : shan zha 15g, shiitake 10g, Geng mi 50g, sugar 1/2 tbs ,Water – enough amount to create congee
Serves: 3-5 people

How to cook:
1. soak shan zha, shiitake in warm water about 30 minutes then drain out water
2. in another pot make shan zha and shitake as tea , then add geng mi and sugar to make as congee

Function of ingredients:
Shan zha: disperse food stagnation, dissipate blood stasis, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
Shiitake (xiang gu): sweet, neutral/ Spleen, Lung, strengthen qi, boost wei qi; lower cholesterol and prevent cancer
Geng mi: supplements the center and boots qi, fortify the Spleen and harmonize the Stomach

Jue Ming Zi Hypertension Tea

Categories: High blood pressure, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Fire Rising, Liver Wind (Endogenous), Liver Yang Rising

Wood/Fire

Jue Ming Zi Hypertension Tea

Wind Stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol

Jue Ming Zi clears heat, moistens dry, lowers blood pressure

Gou Qi Zi tonifies blood, benefits liver

Chrysanthemum flowers – clears heat

Ingredients:

10g 1 tsp 5

Directions:

1. Clean Jue Ming Zi,

2. low heat pan fry until fragrant and popping sound

3. Combine all ingredients and pour in hot water Steep for 15 minutes

Spinach and Mango Salad

Categories: Heart Disease, High blood pressure, Liver Fire Rising

Spinach and Mango Salad
(Serves 4)

6 cups of spinach
4 celery stalks
2 mangoes
1 cup of sunflower seeds (optional: toast lightly)

Wash spinach and celery thoroughly. Chop celery into small pieces. Cut mango into small-medium chunks. Toss ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: cool, sweet, strengthens all organs, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, ventilates chest, quenches thirst, nourish blood
Celery: cool, sweet, slightly bitter, tonify KI, stop bleeding, strengthen SP & ST, clear heat, lower blood pressure, promote diuresis, benefits blood
Mango: neutral, sweet, sour, lubricates dryness, stops cough, harmonizes ST, calms LV, descends rebellious Qi
Sunflower Seed: neutral, sweet, soothes LV, lowers blood pressure, relieves dysentery, resolves pus, moistens intestines

Mushroom Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, High blood pressure, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat

Mushroom Soup
PER SERVING:
Mushroom-6 to 8 (cooling, sweet, cools blood and heat)
Lean pork-120gm (Cooling, sweet, supplements blood and yin)
Job’s tears (yi yi ren)-16gm (sweet, bland, sl. cold, leaches out damp and clears heat, strengthens the SP)
Chinese yam (Shan Yao)-12gm (sweet, neutral, tonifies SP)
1. Rinse mushroom and soak in cold water for 2 hours until soft. Change water a couple of times.
2. Wash pork and cut into big pieces. Rinse herbs.
3. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 2 liters) and bring to a boil. Remove foam, reduce heat and cook for 2 hours with about 2 cups of soup left.
4. Eat mushroom with soup.
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Promote diuresis to relieve dampness, clear heat, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss.
USAGE:
Take this soup regularly with meal for best result.

Apple, Peanut, and Arame Stir Fry Salad

Categories: Blood Stasis, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Liver Yang Rising, Phlegm Accumulation in the Collaterals, Salad, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Apple, Peanut, and Arame Stir Fry Salad

Treayor Smith

arame

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Arame (can use other forms of seaweed), chopped
1″ knob Ginger, minced or grated
1/4 cup Asparagus
1/4 cup White Mushrooms

1/4 cup snowpeas

1/4 cup + 2 TBS Olive Oil
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/4 head of Lettuce, chopped
handful of Sunflower Seeds
handful of Peanuts
1 Tomato, cut into wedges or sliced
1 TBS Lemon Juice
1 TBS Lime Juice
1 Apple, diced

Directions:

Serving Size: 1

½ cup cut arame in pot full of water. Cook until arame is a lighter shade of green and doubles in size.

Place desired amount of peanuts and sunflower seeds on a pan and spread out. Put in the oven at 400 degrees and take out when dark brown. This will be sprinkled on top of the salad to give it a crunch.

Cut ¼ head of lettuce and chop. This will be the bottom layer of the salad.

¼ olive oil mixed with ¼ cup rice wine vinegar. Add desired amount of lime juice and lemon juice. This will be the salad dressing.

Add olive oil to a frying pan and heat, medium high,  until it bubbles.  Add ginger, 3 minutes. Place diced mushrooms, asparagus, cooked arame, snow peas and fry until vegetables are softer.

Lay stir fried veggies on top of lettuce with dressing. Add Tomato wedges and diced apples. Sprinkle peanuts and sunflower seeds on the top.

Meal Design:
This meal is designed for a patient with hypothyroidism with High Blood Pressure. Most hypothyroid patients have a spleen or kidney yang vacuity pattern, but the main item in the recipe for the thyroid is the Arame.  Arame is a rich source of iodine, which directly influences the thyroid’s actions. The rest of the meal addresses hypertension, and are said to lower blood pressure. Arame has an anti-hypertensive effect as well.

TCM analysis:
Cooling and sedating to Liver

Arame (can use other forms of seaweed)- Rich source of iodine, good for thyroid
Ginger- good for nausea, helps taste of oil
Asparagus- helps with hypertension, high cholesterol, and promotes blood circulation
White Mushrooms- helps with hypertension and high cholesterol
Olive Oil- helps with hypertension
Rice Wine Vinegar- helps with hypertension
Lettuce- moves qi and breaks stagnation, mild effect
Sunflower Seeds- subdues liver, lowers blood pressure
Peanuts- tonifies spleen, good for hypertension
Tomatoes- calms the liver, good for hypertension
Lemon Juice – regulates qi, benefits liver, good for hypertension
Lime Juice- same as lemon juice
Apples- strengthens heart, tonifies qi, good for hypertension

Easy Juice or Smoothie Drink to Lower High Blood Pressure

Categories: Articles, Beverages, High blood pressure, Liver Fire Rising, Liver Yang Rising, Western Medicine

Source:  http://www.blogofherbs.com/recepies/easy-juice-or-smoothie-drink-to-lower-high-blood-pressure

We have discussed previously on how high blood pressure and high cholesterol are in the top of the disease chart in the US and most of the world. 3 of the top 10 medications prescribed in the US are for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Granted, most people are fine taking 1-3 medications a day plus some more for possible side-effects, some people are looking for adjunctive ways to help reduce blood pressure. Similarly, you may be borderline on high blood pressure and you have been prescribed diet and exercise by your doctor. So where do you go from there?

We talked in a previous post about herbs for heart health about herbs and tea and much more information on heart health. Here we will give you a quick recipe on adding some foods to lower blood pressure. Diet and exercise to keep your blood pressure under control or lower it includes: higher intake of fiber, lower intake of salt, lower intake of bad fats, monitor correct cholesterol intake levels, and move your carb intake to whole food and non-refined. Exercise by the American Heart Association is recommended as 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Basically if you do a brisk walk you want to do 30 minutes a day for 5 days. You can cut this in half with intense exercise.

Ok, so that is what we are told to contain our blood pressure and hopefully lower it, but what can we do to lower it? Luckily food therapy and herbal therapy have been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Additionally, China has spent lots of money in the last 50 years on research to prove or disprove many of these traditional therapies and advice. High blood pressure remedies from foods (remember herbs are often foods) are quite effective. So, let’s look at this juice or smoothie drink we have for you.

Using a blender, food processor, juicer, or anything else you want at together:
Granny Smith Apple- Typically use a whole or half a cored apple
Celery-
Celery is a big item here and has many other health effects, use a 1-2 stalks at least
Parsley-
Play with this one a little, a healthy pinch will do good but some may need to start lower to not over-power your drink
Bitter Melon-
This can be more bitter to some than others, but the apple should overpower this. You will have to play with how much you use here.
Cucumber-
Cucumber is quite refreshing this way and will add good taste, start with half to a quarter cucumber and modify from there.

No set recipe here, it is a great way to include a juice or smoothie in the morning for blood pressure. Since you should take this for a long period of time, it is more important to find a good ratio that you will enjoy daily! Feel free to send us comments on what ratio you came up with.