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Tropical Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Stomach Fire, Summerheat


Tropical Smoothie

Servings: 1 large or 2 small

Prelude: Enjoy the tastes of the tropics with a thick, rich and healthy smoothie. It’s packed with fruits

so make sure to pick seasonal varieties – they’re higher in vital nutrients and they taste so much better.

However, if it’s the dead of winter, frozen fruits will get the job done too.


½ cup pineapple (chilled or frozen) – clears heat and promotes fluids

½ cup mango (chilled or frozen) –

½ cup watermelon (chilled or frozen) – relieves irritability and dry mouth

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1 cup low-fat milk

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a countertop blender. Blend on high until mixture is a smooth consistency.

Contraindications:  Spleen Qi or Yang Vacuity leading to Damp

Eggs and Tomatoes and Spinach Scramble

Categories: Stomach Fire

Erika Anderson

Eggs and Tomatoes and Spinach Scramble

2 Eggs Neutral Sweet SP , ST Nourishes Yin and Blood, Tonifies SP/ST
½ Tomato Cold Sweet, Sour SP, ST, UB K Clears Heat Promotes urination, Promotes Fluids
¼ Cup Spinach Cold Sweet ST, LI Clears Heat
1 tsp. Olive Oil

* Makes 1 Serving

1) Heat a small saute pan over medium heat.
2) Add the Oil.
3) Saute the Tomatoes.
4) Add the Spinach and cook until wilted.
5) Add the Eggs and stir until eggs are cooked.

Overall this recipe is Cold and Sweet and goes to the SP and ST.
I think it would be a good choice for someone with Stomach Heat, because it will not add any more heat and it has ingredients that are cool, to cool the stomach off.

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad

Categories: Stomach Fire

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad (Serves 2-3)
(For Stomach Fire)
2 lemon cucumbers, quartered then sliced into ¼ inch thick slices (If you can’t find lemon cucumbers, you can substitute regular cucumbers.)
1 handful of fresh dill (about 2/3 cup loosely packed)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
8 ounces nigari extra firm tofu
¼ cup pine nuts
2-3 cups of mung beans, prepared


Toss the cucumbers, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and salt together in a medium bowl. Let this sit for at least 20 minutes, tossing gently once or twice. Cook the tofu with the salt in a skillet for a few minutes on medium heat until the tofu is browned. Spoon the cucumbers out of the lemon-olive oil mixture into a large salad bowl. Add half of the remaining dressing, the tofu, and half of the pine nuts then gently toss. Add the rest of the dressing to your taste, top with the remaining pine nuts. Serve over the prepared mung beans.

Analysis of Recipe:

Lemon Cucumber Clears heat, quenches thirst, promotes fluids
Dill Warming, acrid, slightly bitter, stimulates appetite
Olive Oil Cooling, sweet, moistens, anti-inflammatory
Lemon Juice Cold, very sour, expels heat, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits the liver, regenerates body fluids
Salt Cooling, salty, anti-inflammatory, softens, harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens kidneys (in small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, and is used as a natural preservative
Tofu Neutral, sweet, expels heat, moistens, clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies, strengthens Spleen and Stomach
Pine Nuts Neutral, sweet, moistens
Mung Beans Clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst, promotes urination, reduces swelling, aids edema in the lower limbs, counteracts toxins

Overall this recipe treats stomach fire with the cooling foods, and cold nature of the dish. It also moistens and generates fluids. The tofu and mung beans are each going to clear heat and moisten. The tofu is going to strengthen the spleen and stomach and the lemon juice is cold which is going to greatly expel heat while harmonizing the stomach.

Guacamole – Lung yin deficiency with heat

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire

Guacamole – Lung yin deficiency with heat

3 avocados — thermal cooling nature, sweet flavor
1 tbs. lime juice Cool, sour, astringent, antiseptic. Benefits Liver. Sour astringes the lungs.
½ cup onions chopped and soaked in salt water to neutralize (can’t find any research about this but it is done in South America. Salt is cold so it makes sense that it takes the heat out of the onion) Pungent, neutral, LU, ST. Clears heat, relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm and damp.
Cilantro – Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.


When I went to mexico, the guacamole was served very simply with only a few ingredients and I liked it better than some of the versions you can find here that contain tomato and sour cream. I like to sprinkle a little kelp flakes in. Gives it extra cooling and doesn’t change the flavor.

This will help to cool of the lungs and stomach but is contraindicated if any phlegm is present.

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.

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Summerheat

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing
Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
Published: January 27, 2010

Though blueberries aren’t a tropical fruit, they go well with bright yellow or orange fruits from warm places. Papaya is high in potassium and contains enzymes that help break down proteins.

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

2 ripe papayas, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon slivered fresh mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish

1. Mix together the lime juice, honey and ginger in a large bowl. Add the fruit and slivered mint leaves, and toss together. Serve, garnishing each bowl with a sprig of fresh mint.

Yield: Serves four to six.

Advance preparation: You can make this a few hours before serving, without the addition of the mint. Refrigerate, and just before serving toss with the slivered mint.

Italian White Beans with Balsamic and Zucchini

Categories: Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire

Italian White Beans with Balsamic and Zucchini
By Kylie Roach

1 can cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 can stewed tomatoes, drained and diced (reserve liquid)
¼ cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 small or 1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
Basil, chopped
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Pinch of dried oregano
Parmesan cheese

Heat a medium skillet to medium/high and add enough olive oil to coat pan. Add minced garlic and fry for 30 seconds then quickly add in onion, red pepper and zucchini. Sautee until veggies are close to done. Turn heat down to medium/low and add in cannellini beans and stewed tomatoes until heated. Add balsamic vinegar, oregano and basil to taste along with optional salt and pepper. Keep seasoning to taste and add in some of the reserved stewed tomato juice to take the dish to the desired consistency. Grate on parmesan cheese before serving.

Serves about 4.

Cannellini beans: cooling, sweet. Increases yin fluids, strengthens digestion, and treats edema.

Stewed tomatoes: cooling, sweet, sour. Builds yin fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens ST, cools xue, clears heat, calm LV, detoxifies

Onion: warm and pungent. Promotes sweat, resolves phlegm, diuretic, treats colds and allergies, goes to LU/ST.

Garlic: hot and pungent. Anti-viral/fungal, treat food and xue stagnation.

Zucchini: cool and sweet. Clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst, promotes diuresis.

Red pepper: slightly warm, sweet. Strengthens ST, increases appetite, promotes xue circulation, reduce swelling and food stagnation.

Olive oil: neutral, sour, sweet. Moistens, lubricates, clears heat, quenches thirst.

Basil: warm and pungent. Goes to LU/ST, induces sweat, harmonizes ST, anti-wind

Oregano: warm, pungent, aromatic, drying. Goes to LU/ST, harmonizes ST, anti-microbial.

Balsamic vinegar: warm, sour, slightly sweet.
Parmesan cheese: neutral, sweet. Goes to LU/SP/ST.

This is a warm and satisfying dish. It goes mainly to the LU and ST and has qualities of being sweet, sour, salty and neutral. These qualities make this dish good for LU heat, especially LU yin xu leading to heat. The pungent herbs/foods such as garlic and oregano have anti-microbial qualities so it is good as a preventative against exterior invasions settling into the LU system. The cannellini beans are white in color suggesting that they go to the LU and are nourishing to LU yin.

Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

Categories: Beverages, Damp in Lower Jiao, Gluten-free, Heat, Raw, Stomach Fire, Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian


Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

for after a tough day in the garden, or as an anecdote to too much Mexican and Margaritas.

To make a pitcher :
5 large stalks of Celery (cleaned, but don’t need to be trimmed)
4 Starfruit (Carambola)
3 cups of Grapes (cleaned with skins and seeds)
1 Lime (If possible, use mature, dark green limes that are kept at room temperature and rolled around on a hard surface before juicing. This will give you the most amount of juice and the best quality.)
And a few Sprigs of Mint.
Serve with halved grapes or sliced starfruit in a chilled glass. Enjoy!

by Mariah Van Horn

Recipe for Damp Heat in the UB
When a patient is suffering from damp heat in the lower burner, there are not many dessert recipes they should probably be eating- since sweet and nourishing foods will not encourage the pattern to resolve. Therefore, I have written a recipe for a drink that will be very refreshing and will aid in removing the damp heat from the body.
This recipe would be cool and detoxifying. Some of the ingredients drain damp, treat Lin disorder and promote urination- while also promoting fluids. This would be great for Damp Heat in the Lower Burner, Summer Heat, and many other patterns dealing with Heat and Damp conditions. It could also be used to detoxify the body and purify the liver.

For Damp Heat drink 1 cup twice daily.
Drink 3 cups and eat minimally if the goal is to detoxify the body.

Kohlrabi Salad With Cilantro

Categories: Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Salad, Stomach Fire, Stomach Food Retention, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Kohlrabi Salad With Cilantro
2 med. kohlrabi, peeled and shredded
1 cup Chinese cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, or parsley
Sesame dressing to taste
Lightly toss each group of vegetables with dressing
Arrange vegetables in ribbons of color on a serving platter
Serves 1
TCM Pattern: Stomach Heat
TCM Analysis:
Kohlrabi- Neutral, pungent, sweet, bitter, improves qi circulation
Chinese Cabbage- Neutral, sweet, promotes ulcer healing
Carrots- Neutral, sweet, relieves indigestion
Cilantro- Cooling, reduces heat signs
Sesame oil- Cool, counteracts heat, lubricates dryness

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad

Categories: Indian, Mediterranean, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Vacuity Heat, Yin Vacuity


Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (also known as Raita)

2 large cucumbers, washed well, quartered lengthwise and then sliced as thin as possible
1/2 cup greek yogurt
5-6 minced fresh mint leaves
pinch salt
optional: 1/2 tsp rosewater

mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. can be served with torn fresh lettuce or as a side or condiment. makes about 3 cups.

analysis: cucumbers are cooling and sweet and relieve stomach inflammation. yogurt is sweet and neutral and nourishes yin and quenches fire. mint is cool and pungent; it helps relieve stomach inflammation and stops pain by moving qi. rose water is sweet and pungent and moves qi, helping to relieve pain. the scent is said to calm the mind.