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Day Lily Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Stomach Fire

Day Lily Salad
4-6 servings

2 cups daylily buds (about 50 buds), sliced
1 cup torn lettuce
1/2 medium cucumber, sliced
1 medium tomato, diced
2 celery ribs, sliced
1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
3 radishes, sliced
Salad dressing of your choice
In a large salad bowl, combine the daylily buds, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, celery, cabbage and radishes. Serve with dressing. Yield: 4-6 servings.
TCM analysis:
Day lily: Sweet, slightly cold. HT, LV. Clears liver and heart heat, cools blood, drains damp, nourishes LV and blood.
Lettuce: Sweet, bitter, cold. SP, ST, LI. Clears heat relieves toxicity, moves blood, breaks stasis, reduces swelling, stops pain, moves qi opens chest.
Cucumber: Cool, sweet, bland. Clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis.
Tomato:Sweet, sour, cold. SP, ST, UB, KD. Promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements KD.
Celery: Sweet, Neutral. LV. Clears heat, resolves toxin.
Red cabbage: Sweet, neutral. ST, KD. Harmonizes ST, promotes ulcer healing, nourishes KD jing.
Radishes: Pungent, sweet, cold. LU, LI. Clears heat relives toxicity, rectifies MJ.
Clears heat from LV and HT.

Red Date Tong Yuen in Chrysanthemum Syrup

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Fire Rising, Lung Fluid Xu, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Red Date Tong Yuen in Chrysanthemum Syrup
Serves 3-4
• 15 large red Chinese dates, pitted
• 100ml water
• 75g glutinous rice flour
• 10g wheat starch
• 30ml hot water
• 50g candied sugar
• 10g rock sugar
• 20g dried chrysanthemum flowers
• 250ml water
• Cornflour mixture

RINSE the red dates and soak in clean water overnight in the refrigerator. Put the dates in 200ml water and boil for five to six minutes.

Drain and make a slit across the dates. Put glutinous rice flour and wheat starch in a mixing bowl. Pour in hot water to mix then add 100ml or just enough water to mix to a smooth dough.

Pinch a small portion of dough and stuff into the dates. Shape well and arrange them on a heatproof dish. Steam for 13 to 15 minutes.

Combine rock sugar, candied sugar, chrysanthemum flowers and 250ml water in a saucepan. Boil until sugars have dissolved and the tea is infused with the flavour of the flowers. Strain the syrup. Put the prepared glutinous rice ball dates into the syrup and boil for two to three minutes.

Dish out the red dates onto a serving plate and retain the syrup. Add cornflour mixture into the syrup to thicken. Pour the thickened syrup over the dates and serve immediately.

TCM Analysis-The Red dates tonify Heart blood, the sweet rice flour warms and strengthens Sp/ST. The sugar moistens dryness in the lung, and the Chrysanthemum flowers anchor the Lv and clear heat. Overall, this formula supplements Heart blood and nourishes the Lung (Zong Qi) while clearing heat in the upper Jiao.

Thai Style Cucumber Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation

Thai Style Cucumber Salad
By Kylie Roach

½ of a seedless English cucumber, sliced (do not peel for more medicinal effect)
3 radishes, chopped
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped finely
1 green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. Thai sweet chili spring roll sauce
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

Make the dressing first: combine spring roll sauce with vinegar and water and whisk together. Adjust the amount of spring roll sauce, vinegar and water to the taste you like. Once the dressing is ready stir in the cucumber, radish, cilantro and onion. Serve immediately or chill and serve the day it was made.

Cucumber: cool, sweet, bland and bitter (peel). Clears heat, quench thirst, treat jaundice, relieve irritability.

Radish: cool, pungent, sweet. Cuts mucus, treats food stagnation, detoxifies

Cilantro: slightly cool, neutral, pungent. Promotes sweating, regulates flow of Qi.

Green onion: hot, pungent. Induces sweating, anti-microbial, purges LV.

Sweet chili sauce: sweet, warm, sour.

Rice wine vinegar: warm, sour. Detoxifies, astringes, promotes movement of xue.

This dish is good for clearing stagnation of the LV. Pungent, sour and bitter flavors are known to clear stagnation from the LV and harmonize. The cool and pungent flavors here are used to clear heat caused from the stagnation. This dish is best when consumed in spring, the time of the LV, to purge the LV.

Road Rage Release Tea

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


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.

Zanahorias en escabeche: Pickled Carrots, Mexican Style

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Fire Rising, Mexican, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Zanahorias en escabeche: Pickled Carrots, Mexican Style

1-2 quarts apple cider vinegar
8 large carrots, well scrubbed and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
6 large bay leaves
4 allspice berries
1 T whole cumin seeds
2 tsp salt

place the carrots in a large steel pot, add the seasonings and cover with vinegar. bring all ingredients to a boil, then turn off the heat. pour into a large glass jar and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating overnight. makes about 2 quarts. other vegetables such as jicama or celery or cucumbers may be added. jalapenos may be added in a very small amount only if there are no heat signs.

vinegar is warm and pungent and slightly bitter; it strongly moves LV blood. carrots are sweet and cool the liver. bay leaves are acrid and move qi and treat high blood pressure and migraines, which are signs of liver stagnation. allspice and cumin are acrid and warm and move qi and promote digestion.

Easy Juice or Smoothie Drink to Lower High Blood Pressure

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


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 is a big item here and has many other health effects, use a 1-2 stalks at least
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 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.