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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.

Asian Pear Tapioca Dessert

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

Asian Pear Tapioca Dessert (kids will like this)

Lung Yin Xu
Function: nourish the Lung yin, stop coughing blood, or dry cough
Ingredients:  2 asian pears, 1/2 cup tapioca, a little sugar and some water

Function of herbs
Chinese pear: sweet, cold; LU, LI, ST.  Clear heat, nourish fluids, decrease thirst, moisten lung, dissolve phlegm.
Tapioca: strengthen SP, harmonize MJ

How to cook:
1. soak tapioca for 15 minutes
2. Shred one pear.  Chop one pear.
3. In another pot, boil water.   Then, add sugar and tapioca.  Cook over medium flame until sugar melts and tapioca changes to white color.
4. Lower the flame and add pear.  Stir and serve.

Serves: 3-5 people

Pear Bai He Tea

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Phlegm Misting the Heart, Shen Calming

Siri Michel

Metal Imbalance; Lung Yin Deficiency; Hot Phlegm in Lung

Pear Bai He Tea

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried unsweetened pears, diced (or 1 fresh pear, diced)
  • 12 grams bai he (if fresh, one lily bulb)
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 1 – 3 tsp honey
  • 3 cups water

Directions

  1. Put the pear, bai he and water in a non-reactive saucepan.
  2. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook at simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat. Remove lid and add the green tea bag. Let steep for 3 minutes and remove.
  5. Add honey. Stir well to dissolve.
  6. Strain and enjoy. Eat the pear.
  7. When reheating, do so on the stovetop.

2 servings

Options: can easily double recipe and keep a jar in the refrigerator.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Pear: Cold, sweet; LU, LI; Moisten Lung, descend Lung qi, stop cough, transform phlegm, lubricate intestines, clear heat.

Bai he:  Sl. cold, sweet; LU, HRT; Moisten Lung, stop cough, clear HRT, calm mind, clear heat.

Green tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; Resolve phlegm, promote digestion, clear mind, clear heat.

Honey:  Neutral to warm, sweet; SP,ST, LU; Nourish Yin, lubricate dryness, tonify Spleen.

CI:  severe Spleen Qi or Yang Deficiency; Cold-Phlegm of the Lung

Daikon Radish with Miso Sauce

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Lung dryness with hard to expectorate phlegm

Daikon Radish with Miso Sauce

Daikon radish with a miso sauce can help transform phlegm, which will help clear the lungs. It also gently moistens the lungs to protect them from becoming dry. It is a colder recipe and can help with warm phlegm. This would be good for a person who is having trouble getting rid of an upper respiratory infection.

This recipe is also good for the water element. It is very gentle on the kidney helping treat water metabolism issues such as edema. It also helps nourish the kidneys especially kidney yin.

  • 2 kombu (” square piece, dried sea kelp)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 9 daikon (” piece, peeled, trimmed, and cut crosswise into eight 1″-thick rounds)
  • 2/3 cup miso
  • 3 tbsps sake
  • 2 tbsps mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsps dashi
  • 1 ginger (” piece, peeled and grated)
  1. Cut out a circle of parchment paper just large enough to fit inside a wide medium pot, then cut a ½” vent hole in center and set paper aside.
  2. Put sea kelp, 8 cups water, and salt into the wide medium pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add daikon and return to a simmer.
  3. Lay parchment paper circle on surface of liquid in pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and gently simmer until daikon is soft when pierced with the tip of a small sharp knife, 50-60 minutes.
  4. Put miso into a medium pan set over another medium pan of simmering water over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until paste loosens, about 1 minute.
  5. Gradually add sake, then rice wine, stirring until smooth.
  6. Add sugar and egg yolk and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Stir in dash and ginger.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer daikon, one of the cut sides up, to 8 small bowls and discard cooking liquid. Spoon some of the miso sauce on top of each piece of daikon, spreading it out with the back of the spoon to cover top of daikon completely.

 

Kombu (sea kelp)- Salty and cold; kidney, liver, lung and stomach; softens hardness and transforms phlegm, dis-inhibits water and drains heat, treats scrofula, water swelling and foot qi.

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

Daikon radish- Acrid, sweet and cool; lung and stomach; disperses accumulations and stagnation, transforms phlegm and clears heat, descends qi, resolves toxins, treats food accumulation, distention and fullness, phlegm cough, wasting and thirsting, dysentery, headache, bleeding

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

Sake- Sweet, neutral; heart; encourages uninhibited flow of yang, opens chest.

Sweet rice wine- Sweet, neutral; heart; encourages uninhibited flow of yang, opens chest.

Sugar- sweet, neutral; lung and spleen; boosts the qi, harmonizes the center and moistens the lungs, treats lung dryness, lung vacuity, wind cold, taxation and fatigue. coughing and panting, mouth sores, wind-fire toothache.

Egg yolk-Sweet, neutral; heart, spleen, kidney; nourishes heart and kidney yin.

Dashi- Salty and cold; kidney, liver, lung and stomach; softens hardness and transforms phlegm, dis-inhibits water and drains heat, treats scrofula, water swelling and foot qi.

Ginger- Acrid, warm; lung, spleen, stomach; disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other herbs, reduces inflammation.

Contraindicated in anyone who has a spleen or kidney yang xu because it is colder in nature.

Toasted Tahini and Almond Butter Sandwich with Pears and Apples

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Metal-lung dryness/phlegm

Frances Norris

Toasted Tahini and Almond Butter Sandwich with Pears and Apples

Adapted from recipe on Food52.com

Serves 1

Ingredients

2 slices Ezekiel bread (wheat, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, spelt-all sprouted)-sweet, cool, sl. Salty, harmonize/strengthen MJ, drain damp, moisten dryness

Tahini-sl. warming, tonifying, moistening

Almond butter-neutral, sweet, ventilates lung, relieves cough and asthma, transforms phlegm

Sliced apple-cool, sweet, slightly sour, lubricates lung, resolves mucus

Sliced pear-cold, sweet, lubricates lung, lubricates throat, stops cough, dissolves mucus

Butter for browning- sweet, neutral, supplements qi

 

1. Spread the tahini on one side of the bread, put a bit of honey on top of the tahini. Spread the

almond butter on the other piece of bread.

2. In a sauté pan, brown the butter and add the apple and pear slices and sauté them for about a

minute, so they’re still crisp. Remove them from the pan and let cool before adding them to the sandwich.

3. Once the sandwich is assembled, grill it in a pan.

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.

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce
(Serves 3)

1 lb. thin asparagus
1 Tbsp peanut oil
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp soy sauce
Water

Remove and discard bottom inch of asparagus stalk. Drizzle asparagus with oil, and sprinkle with garlic. Toss well so that all stalks are completely covered with oil, and then spread out on a baking sheet. Roast at 450, stirring asparagus occasionally, until it starts to brown (about 15 min). Mix remaining ingredients well, and add enough water so that it becomes pourable (about 2 Tbsp). Place asparagus on serving dish and drizzle with sauce.

TCM Analysis:
Asparagus: cool, sweet, bitter, clears heat, clears LU, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation
Peanut: neutral, sweet, improved appetite, lubricates LU, regulate blood, promote diuresis, strengthen SP, aid in lactation
Lime: sour, astringent, cleanse blood, resolves phlegm
Soy: cool, sweet, clear heat, detoxifies, eases urination, lubricates LU & LI, excellent protein source

Baked Pears with Almonds

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Yin Vacuity

Baked Pears with Almonds
Serves 6

Ingredients:
6 pears
1 ½ cups of chopped almonds
1/3 cup honey
½ cup of maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup of water
Pinch of powdered ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Leave stems on pears, but cut a slice from the blossom-end to form a flat surface will stand in baking dish. Mix all other ingredients, except syrup, and pour over pears. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for about 1 hr and 20 minutes to 1 and ½ hrs. Baste with syrup while baking.

TCM Breakdown:
Pears: Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens LU, Dissolves phlegm
Almonds: Moistens LU and LI, supplements SP and LU
Honey: Nourishes and harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness
Lemon juice: clears heat, dissolves phlegm (?)
Ginger: Warms MJ, Warms interior, unblocks channels, transforms cold phlegm
Maple syrup: tonifies SP (?)

C/CI: in damp cold, or xu cold syndrome

Minty Peach and Jicama Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Minty Peach and Jicama Salad

2 cups water
1 cup white rice
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp raw honey
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 medium peaches, diced
2 cups diced jicama
1 cup fresh chopped mint

Cook rice in water. Mix lemon juice, oil, honey, salt, and pepper together to make a dressing. Add mint, peach, and jicama to cooked rice and toss. Pour dressing over salad. Serves 6. (Adapted from Cooking Light magazine).

White rice: sweet, cool; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, generates fluids, clears heat.
Peach: sweet, sl. sour; ST, L.I., LU. Lubricates LU, generates body fluids, clears heat.
Jicama: No info available. (I would venture to say is has a cool temp. and a moistening/heat-clearing quality).
Mint: acrid, aromatic, cool; LV, LU. Clears heat, moves LV qi.
Lemon: Sour, cool; ST, LV, LU. Generates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst.
Raw Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.

Overall, this recipe generates fluids, clears heat, harmonizes the middle burner, and regulates LV qi.
Contraindicated in those with severe cold or phlegm-damp conditions.

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.