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Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Beans

Categories: Asian, Bi Syndrome Hot, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian


Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Bean  (6 – 8 servings) 


  • ¼ cup rice
  • ½ cup job’s tears (coix, Chinese pearl barley, yi yi ren)
  • ¼ cup mung beans
  • ¼ cup adzuki beans
  • fresh ginger, sliced (use a piece approximately the size of your thumb)
  • 1 – 2 inch square piece of kombu or comparable amount of wakame
  • 7-8 cups water


  1. Soak the rice, job’s tears, mung beans, and adzuki beans in water overnight.
  2. Drain and place in a non-reactive cooking pot. Add the water and ginger.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. While you are waiting for the rice, yi yi ren and adzuki beans to come to a boil, pour a bit of hot water over the kombu to let it soften for 5 or 10 minutes. Once it is rehydrated, cut it up into small pieces and add to the cooking pot with the other ingredients.
  5. Once the pot has come to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 1 – 2 hours or until the job’s tears is tender to the bite. Stir occasionally to break up the rice grains.
  6. Options: if not a fan of eating seaweed, leave it whole and remove at the end of cooking time.


Pattern: Bi Syndrome/Wind-Damp-Heat Obstructing Channels

TCM properties

Ingredient Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Rice: neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Supplements the center and boosts the qi; fortifies the spleen and harmonizes the stomach; eliminates vexatious thirst, stops diarrhea and dysentery

Job’s Tears/Yi yi ren: cool, bland; SP, ST, UB; Drains dampness, promotes urination.

Mung beans: cold, sweet; HRT, ST, UB; Clear heat, promotes urination.

Adzuki beans: neutral, sweet, sour; SP, HRT, SI; percolate damp, promote urination.

Ginger: Warm, pungent; LU, SP, ST; Release the exterior, disperse wind-cold; transform fluids, resolve toxicity

Kombu: Cold, salty; LVR, ST, KD; Clears heat, softens hardness.

-from Siri Michel


Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand)

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

Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand)

Treatment Principle: strengthens SP, promotes urination, drains Damp.

Serves 4

2/3 cup dried azuki beans
1/4 cup long-grain white rice
3/4 cup of white sugar

Soak the azuki beans overnight in 4 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low, cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add a further 4 cups of water and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 15 minutes. Add the rice and cook for another 15 minutes.

To test to see if they are ready, press one bean between the fingers. It should crush without any effort. If it is still hard, cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, then check again.
Add half of the sugar to the pan containing the beans and stir gently continuing to add more sugar until it is sweet to your taste. Simmer for a few minutes longer.

Serve hot.

Azuki Beans: sweet sour neutral HT SP SI
Actions: strengthens the SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

White Sugar: sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: moistens the LU, increases yin fluids, and benefits the SP.
Indications: dry cough, dry throat, thirst, dull abdominal pain.

White Rice: sweet neutral SP ST
Actions: strengthens the SP and ST, supplements qi.
Indications: SP and ST weakness, generalized weakness, reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting, post febrile yin damage, thirst and dry mouth.

Red Bean Sand (composite): sweet sour neutral LU HT SP ST SI
Actions: strengthens SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

Barley soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Spleen qi xu with dampness

Barley soup

The barley soup can help both drain damp and tonify the middle jiao. This is a good soup for someone who has a weak digestive system, and needs a filling dinner that will not aggravate their stomach. This soup might make a person urinate frequently because it is helping drain damp, as well as relieve toxicity.

  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup pearled barley uncooked
  • 1 cup mung bean, pre-soaked if dry
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme


In a large soup pot, sauté the onions, celery, and any other vegetables for 3-5 minutes. Add water and all other ingredients and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium low.  Allow to simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally, until barley is soft and somewhat fluffy. Add more spices to taste and enjoy!

Onions- Pungent; lung; clears heat relieves toxicity.

Celery- Sweet, bitter, cold; liver, stomach; clears heat, tonifies kidneys, strengthens spleen/stomach, lowers blood pressure, benefits blood, calms liver and shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp transforms phlegm.

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Pearled barley- Bland, cold; spleen, stomach, urinary bladder; tonifies spleen and stomach

Mung Bean- Sweet, cold; heart, stomach, urinary bladder; clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.

Salt- Salty, cold; kidney; clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Black Pepper- Acrid, warm; stomach, large intestine; warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold.

Basil- Pungent, warm; stomach, lung; diaphoretic, harmonizes stomach, counteracts seafood poisoning.

Oregano- Pungent, bitter, neutral; heart, small intestine, lung, large intestine; drains damp, fever, vomiting, dysentery, colds, jaundice and diarrhea. It is antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral. It has been used to promote menstruation and as a digestive aid.

Thyme- Acrid and warm; lung and stomach; resolves the exterior and dispels cold, moves the qi and opens the stomach, down bears counter flow and stops cough, wind cold with a headache, body aches and pains, indigestion, abdominal distention.

Contraindicated in anyone who is already experiencing diarrhea or frequent urination.

Sauteed Daikon with Scallion and Carrot

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Sauteed Daikon with Scallion and Carrot

1 large daikon radish or 2-3 medium turnips, cleaned and cut into half-moons.
4 or more medium carrots, sliced diagonally into thin ovals.
2-3 scallions, minced.
Sesame oil for frying.
¼ tsp salt.
Soy sauce to taste.

Heat a wok on high heat or a large skillet and add 1-2 tbsp. of oil. When it is hot, add the carrots and daikon and stir-fry for two to three minutes. Then add scallions and stir-fry for another 30-60 seconds. Stir in salt, soy sauce, and a dash of black pepper if desired. Serve immediately.

Scallion: Warm, acrid; warms middle burner, moves qi, expels external pathogens.
Carrot: sweet, neutral; SP/LV/LU/HT. Strengthens SP/HT, nourishes LV, drains damp, strengthens the organs, promotes bowel movement.
Daikon radish: cool, acrid, sweet; removes stagnant food, resolves mucus, moistens the LU, promotes bowel movement.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP, resolves dampness, possibly treats warm damp bi conditions, and promotes bowel movements.

Pearl Barley with Aduki Beans

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Erika Anderson

Pearl Barley/Aduki Beans
To Drain Damp in San Jiao/GallBladder/Liver

1 Cup Barley Cold Sweet, Sl. Salty SP, ST, UB Drains Damp,Tonifies SP, ST
3 Cups Stock
½ Onion Chopped Neutral Pungent LU, ST, LI Transforms Phlegm and Damp
1 Celery Stalk Neutral Sweet Liver, Stomach Drains Damp transforms phlegm, Clears Heat, Subdues Liver Yang
1 Carrot Chopped Neutral Sweet SP, LV, LU H Drains Damp, Clears Heat, Strengthen SP and H.
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
½ of a 16 Ounce Can of Aduki Beans Neutral Sweet H, SP, SI Drain Damp, Reduces Edema

*Makes 4 Servings

1) Heat 1 Tbsp. of Olive Oil in Sauce pan over medium heat add the onions, celery, carrots, and sauté until the onions have become translucent.
2) Add Stock, and Pearl Barley and bring to a boil.
3) Lower heat to a simmer and Cover and cook 1 hour.
4) Add the Aduki Beans and stir.
5) Cover and heat through, for about 5 minutes.
6) Fluff the Barley with a fork and Serve.

Recipe Treats:
Neutral and Sweet, this recipe Tonifies Earth and Drains Damp in the San Jiao/ GB/ Liver. None of the ingredients technically go to the San Jiao and yet all of the ingredients effect the San Jiao.
All of the ingredients Drain Damp. If you have damp in the body the San Jiao system is effected.

Mushroom Soup

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

Mushroom Soup
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.
Promote diuresis to relieve dampness, clear heat, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss.
Take this soup regularly with meal for best result.

Millet Patties with Mushroom Gravy

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Millet Patties with Mushroom Gravy
By Sasha Hanning

• 1 cups millet (washed)
• 1 cup garbanzo beans (1 cup corn, squash- be creative)
• 4 cups water
• 1 medium onion- chopped

• Put everything into a pot
• Bring to a boil without a cover
• Add salt, turn down to simmer and cover for 20 minutes
• Stir, and cool- put in fridge till cold (1 hour- over night)

To make patties take the cold millet/beans and combine with 2 Tablespoons flour (rice or starch) —makes 8 patties

• Combine into a texture that is neither too dry nor too wet, and mold the patties into round and flat “burger†shapes until it holds together
• Dust each side with a bit of flour
• Pour virgin sesame oil into a frying pan (enough to cover the bottom) and fry both sides of the patties until golden brown

Mushroom Gravy Ingredients (makes 8 oz)
• 1 cup scallions diced
• 1 cup mushrooms (sliced)
• 1 cup water
• 1 TBS flour (or Kudzu)
• 2 tsp Soy Sauce (or Tamari- shoyu)
• Sesame oil

• Pour some sesame oil into a pan and sauté the scallions and mushrooms until soft and golden
• Add the soy sauce and cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat
• Dilute the flour with a little bit of water first and then add the rest of the cup of water while stirring
• Add the water and kudzu to the leeks and mushrooms, bring to a boil while still stirring
• As you are stirring and the water comes to a boil, the gravy will thicken
• When the gravy has reached the desired consistency, adjust the seasoning by adding whatever spice or flavoring you would like to add

TCM Breakdown
Spleen/Stomach Disharmony

Millet- SP/ST/KD- harmonizes the middle jiao, drains damp heat, moistens dryness, supplements the kidney, astringes the stomach and intestines, clears heat
Garbanzo Beans — SP/ST/HT — strengthens spleen, Tonifies qi, calms spirit, clears dampness, promotes bowel movement, good source of protein, iron and unsaturated fat
Green Onion- LU/LI- release exterior wind cold, invigorates blood, drains damp, antiviral, antibacterial
Onion- LU/ST- clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm and damp, diuretic
Mushroom- SP/ST — Supplement spleen and stomach, rectifies qi, transforms phlegm, boosts wei qi, detoxifies, improves appetite, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm
Soy Sauce — SP/ST/KD — harmonize the middle jiao, clears heat

If one wants to tonify lung and clear phlegm can add daikon radish or use chen pi in the stock

Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

Categories: Cleanse, Cold Phlegm Accumulating in Lung, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat

Ensalada de Nopales, Rabano, Zanahoria, y Chayote
Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

1 30 ounce jar of prepared nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus)
1 bunch of radishes
2 large carrots
2 chayote squashes
3 limes

 Drain and rinse the nopales in cold water.
 Slice the radishes into thin half moons.
 Peel the carrots, then slice into ribbons using a peeler.
 Cut the chayote into quarters, as you would with a pear, then cut out the center seed and tough white layer. Then cut into small cubes.
 Blanch the chayote in boiling water, then set aside in the fridge to chill.
 Juice the limes.
 When the chayote is fully chilled, toss together with the nopales, radish, and carrot.
 Drizzle with lime juice and season with salt.

Tx: This salad is also very cleansing and cooling. The combination of nopales and radish makes it a great recipe for damp-heat or phlegm-heat conditions. It is also very regulating to fluid metabolism.

Nopales: Sweet and slightly bitter. Nopales have a very characteristic slippery texture, like spinach, which hints that this food probably can regulate urination and bowels. As it is often used for diabetes in Mexico, I think nopales can regulate fluids, and has a use in wasting and thirsting.
Radish: Cooling, pungent and sweet. Moistens the Lung, breaks up phlegm, removes food stagnation and toxicity, and cools the blood. Often used in cases of phlegm and heat.
Chayote: This Mexican squash is similar in flavor to summer squashes. I believe that it is cool, sweet, and slightly bitter. Regulates fluids and can promote diuresis, relieves heat.
Carrot: Neutral to cool and sweet. Benefits the Lung, Spleen, Liver and Heart. Eliminates wastes and treats indigestion due to excess. Drains dampness.
Lime: Cool and sour. Regulates and harmonizes the Stomach and Liver.

Bindaeddeok (Mung bean pancake)

Categories: Cleanse, Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat

Bindaeddeok (Mung bean pancake) recipe
Serves 4

Ingredients: 14 oz nok doo (mung beans)

1 medium onion, thin sliced
1/2 carrot, thin julienne
3 green onions, cut in a bias
1/8 lb beef, thin julienne
1/2 cup kimchi, cut into strips*
1/4 cup bean sprout, blanched, roughly chopped
2 tbsp salt
(*You can substitute to blanched napa cabbage)

Wash mung beans and soak in cold water for 3 hours.
Get rid of outer shell by rubbing them with hands.
Wash again.
Put them in a food processor with a little water and grind to fairly fine paste.

In a bowl, mix onion, carrot, green onions, beef, bean sprouts and kimchi.
Add mung bean paste and salt.

In a non-stick pan, add vegetable oil.
Pour a ladle of paste to make 3-4 inches in diameter and cook until brown, turn only once.

Serve with soy sauce (with some chopped green onion).

This recipe contain foods good for relieving toxicity, particularly mung beans and onions. Carrots are diuretics that drain damp and have anti-inflammatory properties and nourish blood. Green onions invigorate the blood and treat viral and bacterial infections and are helpful with heart disease.

Barley tea

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


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.


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.