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Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Asian, Gluten-free, Kidney Water Overflow, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Winter Melon Soup

3 qt vegetable broth

3 c winter melon, peeled and chopped

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

1 onion

12 Chinese mushrooms, stems removed

6 oz tofu noodles or finely sliced baked tofu

1 tsp chives

1 tsp peanut oil

1 Tbsp tamari

Directions: cook together until tender, about 25 minutes, season with chives, tamari and peanut oil.

Serving Size: 4

TCM pattern: UB damp heat; KD water overflow

TCM Evaluation:  winter melon is sweet, bland and cool, detoxifies and drains damp; carrots are sweet and neutral, diuretic and drains damp; celery stalks are sweet, bitter and cold, drains damp and transforms phlegm; onion clear heat, relieve toxicity, transform phlegm and damp; Chinese mushrooms are sweet and cool, rectifies qi and boost wei qi; tofu noodles are sweet and neutral, promotes urination and resolves toxicity

Kholood El-Helo

 

 

 

 

Stuffed Lotus Root

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

Stuffed Lotus Root

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium lotus root
  • ½ C dry mung beans
  • ½ C carrot, diced

Instructions:

  1. Soak mung beans in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Chop off one end of the lotus root (about 1 inch). You will see several holes in the root. Fill the holes with mung beans and diced carrot. Press stuffing in with a fork or chopstick.
  3. Steam for 1 hour, or until the lotus root is thoroughly cooked. Check tenderness with a fork.
  4. Chop into thin slices and serve.

Makes 3-4 small servings (as side dish, snack, or dessert).

TCM analysis:

lotus root: sweet, cold; SP, ST, HRT; clears heat, strengthens HRT/SP, astringes LI, stops diarrhea
mung beans: sweet, cold; HRT, ST, UB; clears heat, alleviates thirst and irritability, promotes urination
carrot: sweet, neutral; SP, LV, LU, HRT; strengthens HRT/SP, nourishes LV, benefits LU, promotes urination

This recipe clears heat from the HRT that is transmitting to the UB, causing difficult or painful urination. Overall, the recipe is cold and sweet, leading to its ability to clear fire and generate fluids to promote urination. It may also be used to reduce edema or to decrease blood pressure.

Coconut Sweet Rice

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

Coconut Sweet Rice
(serves 4-6)

1 cup sweet rice
2 cups coconut milk
Pinch of salt

1. Rinse the rice in 1 or 2 changes of water.
2. If making with salt, place the rice in a saucepan, add salt and coconut milk, then bring to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat and continue cooking, uncovered, until nearly all the coconut milk is absorbed and a layer or cream remains. Stir, cover, and let sit 5 minutes.

Analysis:
Sweet rice is sweet, neutral, and slightly binding. It supplements qi while warming and strengthening the Middle Jiao.  Coconut milk is sweet and acrid.  It helps produce fluids, promotes urination, and destroys parasites.  Salt is salty and cold, it clears heat and cools the blood, eases bowel movements and nourishes the KD.  It has a downward direction to help drain the bladder.
These ingredients combine to promote urination while clearing heat. It is a good dish to eat with vegetables (think: squash), stew or curry, and makes an excellent base to add herbs specific to the patient’s condition.

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.

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.

Zucchini Stew For UB Damp Heat

Categories: Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Erika Anderson

Zucchini Stew for UB Damp Heat

Ingredients:

4 Zucchini Cut Lengthwise and 1 inch Wide UB, K Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Diuresis, Quenches Thirst
3 Tomatoes Cut into halves UB, K, SP ST Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Fluid, Supplements K
5 Asparagus Spears Cut into 1 inch Pieces LU, SP, K SL. Cool, Sl. Warm Sweet Reduces Dampness, Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Blood Circulation
1 Onion Chopped ST, LU,LI Cold Sweet, Sour Clears Heat Transforms Damp
½ Tsp. Tumeric Cool
1 Tsp. Salt ST, K, LI, SI Cold Salty Clears Heat
Pepper ½ Tsp. ST, LI Warm and Pungent Warms MJ, Expels Damp and Cold
3 Tbsp. Butter or Olive Oil
1 and ½ Tbsp. Tomato Paste UB, K, SP ST Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Fluid, Supplements K
1 cup of water
½ Tbsp. Lemon Juice LV, ST Cool Sour Quenches Thirst, Regenerates Body Fluids

Directions:
1) Wash and Peel Zucchini, Cut into Strips.
2) Melt Butter in Sautee pan and brown until golden.
3) Add onions to the pan and Sautee for 2 minutes.
4) Add Tomato halves Face side down.
5) Dissolve tomato paste, in water, and add lemon juice, salt pepper, and tumeric.
6) Pour solution over zucchini, Add Asparagus, cover pan with lid and let simmer for 35 minutes.
7) Serve on top of Cooked Pearl Barley.

TX:
Overall this recipe is cold and sweet and goes to the UB and K, SP and ST.
The cold counteracts the heat, and the sweet tonifies earth. The vegetables chosen promote urination therefore this recipe cools and drain the damp heat.

Kasha Cereal

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

Kasha Cereal

Ingredients
1 cup buckwheat groats
4-5 cups boiling water
½ onion, diced (optional)
A few grains sea salt

Instructions
1. Place all ingredients in a pot with the boiling water. Bring to a boil again.
2. Cover. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 min until soft.
3. Place in a bowl.

Serves 2-4

Buckwheat – sweet, cool; SP/ST/UB; drains damp heat, clears heat relieves toxicity, (CC: xu colds/sx)
Onion – pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp

Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Cold, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad

SERVES: 6

1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small head of radicchio, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
1 bunch of arugula (4 ounces)
1 small fennel bulb-halved lengthwise, cored and sliced paper thin crosswise
1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), quartered
3 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, shaking the pan, until golden brown, about 2 minutes; transfer to a plate to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic and red wine vinegars with the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, toss the radicchio with the arugula, fennel, dried plums and pine nuts. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Transfer the salad to a platter, scatter the goat cheese on top and serve.

Arugula and Radicchio: sweet, bitter, cold. Enter the Lung, Stomach, and UB. These are both similar to lettuce, but are more bitter in flavor, and therefore more draining. They promote urination and clear heat.
Pine Nuts:
Fennel: While fennel seed is acrid and warm, the fresh part of this plant has a milder quality. Harmonizes the Stomach and relieves abdominal discomfort.
Vinegar: sour, warm, slightly bitter. Invigorates and clears toxins while astringing.
Plums: sweet, sour, warm, and astringent. Soothes the Liver and stops diarrhea.

The main ingredients, arugula and radicchio, focus on draining and clearing heat. The remaining ingredients harmonize and astringe to protect the yin. The plums are particularly useful when damp-heat in the lower Jiao is also causing diarrhea.

Watermelon Mint Granite

Categories: Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Watermelon Mint Granite

10 cups of chopped watermelon (Cold, Sweet – clears heat)
Juice from ½ lemon (Sour, Tonifies Lungs, moderates LV – Helps stop excessive sweating)
4 leaves of mint (Cool, acrid – Vents the exterior)
1T agave syrup (protects spleen)

Put watermelon and mint in a blender and puree. Add lemon juice and agave syrup to taste and blend thoroughly. Pour in glass baking dish and freeze. Stir occasionally as ice starts to form.
Serves 8

Simple Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Diabetes, Spleen Damp Heat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Simple Winter Melon Soup 2 to 3 servings

6 (5 ounces fresh, 1 ounce dried) fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms
1 (1-pound) wedge winter melon
3 cups chicken, bone, or vegetable stock
1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, slivered into 1/16-inch slices
1/4 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined
Salt, soy sauce, or sodium-reduced soy sauce (optional)
1-2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 medium-sized green onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces, roots and tough end discarded

If you are using dried mushrooms, soak them in 1/2 cup of warm water for 20 minutes or until soft. If you are using fresh mushrooms, simply rinse. Cut off and discard the stem if desired, then slice the mushrooms into 1/4-inch pieces.

Peel the melon wedge (this will be easier if you peel the skin thickly, as the melon closer to skin is tougher). Scrape off and discard the stringy inner fibers and seeds. Cut the melon into 1/2-inch slices, then cut the slices widthwise into 1-inch pieces.

Place the stock, melon, ginger and mushrooms into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered with lid slightly ajar for about 15 minutes or until the melon becomes slightly transparent and soft.

Add the shrimp and cook for about 5 more minutes.

Add salt or soy sauce to the soup to taste, if desired (if you have edema or high blood pressure, you’ll want to go easy on the salt or use a low-sodium variety soy sauce; also note the broth’s saltiness before salting as it can vary according the stock used).

Remove the ginger pieces, if desired (or just eat around them).

Sprinkle sesame oil and green onions on top and serve.

Vegetarians can omit the shrimp or substitute sliced tofu. For those who prefer the more traditional ham instead of shrimp, use about 1 ounce, sliced and add it to the bowls just prior to serving.

Shiitake Mushrooms-sweet, neutral; SP/LU; supplement qi, boost wei qi, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer
Winter Melon-bland, slightly cold; LU/ST/UB; clear heat, drain damp, resolve phlegm
Chicken Stock-chicken is sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Shrimp-sweet, warm; LV/KD/SP; boost KD Yang, promote lactation, discharge pus and mucus
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Soy Sauce-salty, cold; SP/ST/KD; harmonizes MJ, clear heat, antidote to drug and food poisoning
Sesame Oil-cool, sweet; LI/LV/KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies, raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation, digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and bones; CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea
Green Onion-pungent, warm; LU/LI; release exterior wind cold, invigorate blood, drain damp

Clears heat, expels dampness and promotes urination.

Especially good for anyone who wants to reduce swelling and puffiness, for example, from PMS or menopause; who wants to lose weight; who is experiencing prostate problems; or who has high blood pressure. To enhance therapeutic effects of winter melon, leave the peel on and place the seeds in a bag made of cheesecloth or other porous material, simmer with the soup, and remove before serving.