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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

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

TCM ANALYSIS

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

 

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup
six servings

*8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
*8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly
*8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly
*2 sticks of cinnamon
*1 tsp anise seeds
*1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive)
*1/2 cup rice wine or sake
*7 cups water
-2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian)
-1 cup barley
-1 1/2 lbs spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained
-3 TBS minced scallions, white part only

1. Place the starred ingredients in a large pot or casserole dish. Bring to a boil.

2. Add the beef and barley, and boil again. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, skimming the surface to remove impurities and fat. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is very tender. Scoop out the ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise seeds, and discard.

3. Add the spinach to the beef, cover, and heat till boiling. Ladle the meat with broth and spinach into serving bowls, sprinkling the top with scallions. Serve immediately.

TCM Theory:
Scallions: warm, acrid, LU, ST
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, LU, ST, SP
Cinnamon: warm to hot, acrid, ST, SP, LV, KD
Soy Sauce: cold, salty & sweet, SP, ST, KD
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Beef: warm, neutral, sweet, SP, ST, KD
Barley: cool, salty, sweet, SP, ST
Spinach: cool, sweet, ST, LV, LI, SI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad)

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp

Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad)
Japan

The color combination of white daikon and red carrot is regarded as a symbol of happiness.

Serves four

Ingredients
8 inch daikon
2 carrots
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
4 ½ tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp white sesame seeds

Cut the daikon into three pieces, and then thickly peel the skin. Peel the carrots and cut them into 2 inch pieces. Slice both vegetables very thinly lengthwise then across to make very thin matchsticks.

Place the daikon and carrot in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and mix well with your hands. Leave for about 30 minutes. Drain in a sieve and gently squeeze out the excess liquid, then transfer them to another mixing bowl.

Mix the sugar and rice vinegar together in a bowl. Stir well until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour over the daikon and carrot, and leave for at least a day, mixing it two or three times.

Mix the two vegetables evenly and place in a small bowl or plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Daikon: cool acrid sweet LU ST
Actions: clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, cools the Blood, promotes urination, directs qi downwards, and improves digestion.
Indications: Phlegm Heat cough, Heat in the LU, febrile illness.

Carrot: sweet neutral SP LV LU HT
Actions: strengthens the SP and aids digestion, benefits the LV, improves vision, directs qi downwards, stops cough.
Indications: Indigestion, weak digestion, abdominal distension, constipation, visual weakness, night blindness; LU Heat cough and whooping cough, assists in the rash disorders of childhood, dysentery.

Salt: salty neutral KI
Actions: moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.

Caster 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.

Vinegar: sour bitter warm LV
Actions: improves digestion, disperses stagnant Blood, stops bleeding, and balances rich and oily foods.
Indications: food stagnation, abdominal and hypochondriac masses and accumulations, hematemesis, hemafecia, epistaxis, postpartum dizziness and fainting, food poisoning.

White Sesame Seeds: sl. warm sweet LV KI
Actions: LV and KI tonic, lubricates intestines, general tonic.

Daikon no Namasu (composite): cool acrid sweet sour LU SP ST LV HT KI
Actions: clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, cools the Blood, promotes urination, directs qi downwards, and improves digestion, strengthens the SP and aids digestion, improves vision, stops cough, LV and KI tonic, lubricates intestines, general tonic.
Indications: Phlegm Heat cough, Heat in the LU, febrile illness, indigestion, weak digestion, abdominal distension, constipation, visual weakness, night blindness, LU Heat cough and whooping cough, assists in the rash disorders of childhood, dysentery.

Split Pea and Barley Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Split Pea and Barley Soup (serves six)

14 cups of water
1 pound green split peas
½ cup barley, rinsed in a strainer
1 TBL olive oil
1 bay leaf
2 TBLS unsalted butter
2 medium onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot combine water, split peas, barley, olive oil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to lively simmer. Cook the soup, continuing to stir periodically for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  • Stir the onions into the soup along with the carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Cook, now stirring frequently to prevent the soup from sticking as it thickens, for 30 more minutes. The soup is ready when the peas have almost totally dissolved and the barley and vegetables are tender. The soup will thicken as it cools in the serving bowls, so thin with more water if necessary.

Comments: This recipe uses great ingredients for the SP.  They are cooked well, making it easier for the Spleen to digest. It also offers warming spices to help warm the middle jiao and encourage Sp Qi. Barley is a particularly good grain for strengthening the SP and ST and also helps to leach out dampness. Carrots are also nice for the SP and help drain dampness

Beet Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood - Blood Stagnation

Beet Soup

This soup can help build blood, and help your blood move freely throughout the body.  It helps break up blood stagnation.  Beets are also beneficial for the eyes. This soup can help strengthen the eyes and improve vision.  The soup is also gentle on your digestive system. It can help drain damp, and strengthen the spleen and stomach.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 carrots
  • 2-3 large beets
  • 2 onions
  • 2-4 stalks celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon miso
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 3-4 cups of water

Directions

  1. Cook vegetables with 3-4 cups of water until tender.
  2. Blend vegetables with the cooking liquid.
  3. Add the miso, olive oil, basil, oregano, and plum paste.
  4. Return to flame and simmer for 20 minutes to mix flavors. (The Tao of Nutrition page 171).

Options:  consider adding miso at the end of cooking time so that it’s beneficial organisms aren’t destroyed by heat.  To do so, put the miso in a bowl.  Add a small amount of soup to it.  Stir to make a smooth paste.  Return miso/soup paste to soup.  Stir to incorporate.

Carrots- Sweet, neutral; spleen, liver, lung heart; Strengthens spleen and liver, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic drains damp, anti-inflammatory.

Beets- neutral to cool; spleen, stomach, liver, heart; nourishes liver blood, tonify heart, calm spirit, lubricate intestines, cleanse liver, expand chest, clear heat toxin.

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.

Garlic- Hot, acrid; large, intestine, lung, spleen, stomach: removes stagnate blood or food, reduces abscess, warms yang, dispels cold, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms.

Miso- Salty, neutral; Spleen, stomach; promotes digestion, strengthens the stomach.

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

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.

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

Preparation:

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.

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

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.

Sauted Chinese Vegetables

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp

Lung Phlegm Heat- Metal – nina gaglio

Sautéed Chinese Vegetables

Serves 3 to 4

1 hand full of Bok Choy- chopped

4 carrots chopped into 1-inch cubes

1 large onion finely chopped

Bok Choy- sweet, neutral, ST, LU, LI. Cleat, promotes bowel movement.

Carrot- sweet, neutral, LU, SP, LV, HT. Benefits the lung, drains damp.

Onion- pungent, LU. Clears heat resolves toxicity.

Overall TCM Functions:

Clears heat from the LU and drains dampness.

Lotus root stew

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Spleen Damp, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

HT and SI Fire- Fire – nina gaglio

Serves 3 to 4

Lotus Root Stew

1 cup of white rice soaked over night

2 oz of fresh lotus root (sliced)

4 cups water

1 cup mung beans

pinch of salt and peper

Overall TCM Functions:

Clear fire from HT and SI harmonize middle jiao.

Rice- sweet, neutral, SP, ST. Supplements SP/ST, generates fluids.

Lotus Root- sweet, cool, astringent, HT, SP, KD. Stabilize and bind essence.

Mung Bean- sweet, cold, HT, ST, UB. Clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.