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Smooth Move Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Smooth Move Smoothie
L.I. shi heat leading to constipation
By Katie Fritz

1 apple, cored/sliced
1 pear, cored/sliced
1 plum, pitted/sliced
2 bananas
1/2 avocado
1/2 c. silken tofu
1-2 c. green tea (depending upon your preference of consistency)
1-2 tbsp. Maple syrup (to taste)
Cinnamon, to taste

Place the apple, pear, plum, bananas, avocado & tofu in your blender. Boil 8-16 oz. of water and add to 1-2 heaping tsp. of green tea leaves, steep for about 5 minutes. Once steeped to your liking, add green tea (w/o leaves) to your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste test & add maple syrup & cinnamon to your liking!

Serving size: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Apple: reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, tonifies qi
Pear: cools ST heat; generates body fluids, quenches thirst, clears heat, descends qi (& stops cough)
Plum: aids digestion, regulates body fluids, removes stagnation of qi
Banana: moistens the L.I.; clears heat, lubricates intestines
Avocado: nourishes yin & xue, moistens LU, skin & intestines
Tofu: expels heat & moistens/lubricates dryness, strengthens SP/ST
Green tea: cools heat, relieves thirst, promotes digestion
Maple syrup: sweet, tonifies SP/ST
Cinnamon (gui zhi): strengthens ST, warms coldness

The overall focus of this recipe is to cool L.I. heat, generate fluids & stimulate digestion. The cinnamon will counteract the mostly cold nature of this recipe, while stimulating the digestive organs. The fruits, tofu & tea cool heat & moisten the bowels.

Shiitake and Shan Zha Congee

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention, Wei Qi Vacuity

Shiitake and Shan Zha Congee


Spleen Qi Vacuity with high cholesterol

Function: strengthen SP, help digestion, regulate qi and relieve stagnation.  It could use for sp/st xu with blood stasis and to lower LDL.

Ingredients : shan zha 15g, shiitake 10g, Geng mi 50g, sugar 1/2 tbs ,Water – enough amount to create congee
Serves: 3-5 people

How to cook:
1. soak shan zha, shiitake in warm water about 30 minutes then drain out water
2. in another pot make shan zha and shitake as tea , then add geng mi and sugar to make as congee

Function of ingredients:
Shan zha: disperse food stagnation, dissipate blood stasis, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
Shiitake (xiang gu): sweet, neutral/ Spleen, Lung, strengthen qi, boost wei qi; lower cholesterol and prevent cancer
Geng mi: supplements the center and boots qi, fortify the Spleen and harmonize the Stomach

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage


  • 12 leaves Napa cabbage
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets, skinned
  • 2 tb olive Oil
  • 1 tb lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 c minced shallots or scallions
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme (1/4 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil (1/4 tsp dried basil)


  • 1/2 c Seafood stock
  • 2 Red bell peppers roasted puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Anchovy paste or salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper


  1. Bring water to a boil, and blanch the cabbage leaves until pliable, about 2 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the salmon and sole into 1/2-inch cubes, and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots and garlic, and saute, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.  Add to the fish, along with the lemon juice, pepper, salt, thyme and basil.  Mix gently.
  4. Place 2 cabbage leaves overlapping slightly.  Divide mixture in the center of the six sets of leaves. Roll cabbage, tucking in the sides to enclose the filling, and secure the rolls with toothpicks.  Place in a bamboo steamer, and steam over boiling water for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. While the rolls are steaming, puree the stock, peppers, lemon juice, anchovy paste and pepper in a blender or food processor with a steel blade.
  6. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce by half, stirring frequently.
  7. To serve, place a pool of sauce on the plate, and top with a cabbage roll.

Cabbage and Salmon in particular are great foods to use to tonify KD Jing.  Cabbage is sweet and neutral, goes to KD/ST and harmonizes the ST and nourishes KD Jing.  Salmon is also sweet and neutral, goes to the SP/KD and nourishes yin, blood and KD Jing.  This would be a well balanced dish making it a fairly neutral temperature meal.  The garlic and shallots would be warming and help with digestion.  (Tao of Nutrition states that Napa cabbage is actually sweet and cold.  It’s actions are clearing heat and lubricating intestines.)

Carrot squash soufflé

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Earth - Spleen yang xu, spleen qi xu

Carrot squash soufflé

The carrot squash soufflé is meant to help strengthen your digestion. It strengthens the spleen and large intestine, in order to stop diarrhea. The recipe is warm and nourishing, and will not be hard to digest. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to help your overall health.


  • 2 cups carrots, grated
  • 3 cups squash puree
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon each coriander and cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup ground almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sauté onion and ginger.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Sprinkle with almonds, bake for 35 minutes. (Healing with whole foods page 565).


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

Squash- Cool, sweet; spleen, stomach; clears heat, detoxifies, promotes diuresis, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness.

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

Coriander- Pungent, slightly cool; lung and spleen; promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Cumin- Pungent, bitter, slightly warm; spleen, stomach, large intestine; helps with abdominal pain and distention, protects against diarrhea and dysentery.

(Ginger, coriander and cumin together help with problems of flatulence (Healing with Whole Foods 210)).

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

Dijon mustard- Acrid, warm; lung, large intestine; harmonizes middle jiao, opens chest, descend qi.

Almonds- Sweet, neutral; lung, large intestine, Spleen; moistens lung and large intestine, supplements spleen and lung.

Grilled Carrots

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Grilled Carrots

TCM: Move Liver qi

This recipe helps move liver qi and can help reduce inflammation. It is good for the eyes, especially if they are red. It will help with menstrual bleeding especially due to liver qi stagnation. The recipe is also beneficial for the lungs. Many of the foods go to the lungs and can benefit the skin as well relieve cough. Therefore this formula can also be in the metal category.


  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds large carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • turmeric
  • coriander
  • 1 lemon, optional
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped herbs mint



  1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium or medium-high.
  2. Toss carrots with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, about ½ teaspoon salt, turmeric and coriander.
  3. Spread carrots on hot grill surface and grill until the top surface looks a little blistered and the underside has nice grill marks, but are not burnt, about 4 minutes (adjust grill heat accordingly to slow down or speed up cooking time as needed).
  4. Turn and grill second side.


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

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

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

Turmeric- Acrid, bitter, warm; spleen, stomach and liver; quickens the blood and frees the flow of menstruation, moves the qi and stops pain, dispels wind dampness, treats blocked menstruation, painful menstruation, pain and swelling due to a trauma, epigastric and abdominal pain, pain due to wind damp.

Coriander- Pungent, slightly cool; lung and spleen; promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Lemon- Sweet, astringent, warm; lung, spleen, stomach, transforms phlegm and stops cough, engenders fluids and supplements the spleen, treats vexatious thirst, dry, painful throat, indigestion, and cough with profuse phlegm.

Mint- Acrid, cool; lung, liver; disperses wind-heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained liver qi to flow free, expels turbid filth.

5 Element Soup

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

5 element Soup


8 oz (260g) Burdock root – benefits the lung, helps disperse wind heat and sore throat

8 oz (260g) 260g Radish – sweet pungent and cold going to lung and LI to move qi, blood and unblock bowel.

8 oz (260g) 260g Carrot – sweet and goes to liver spleen lung and heart, to tonify qi and blood

8 oz (260g) 50g Radish leave – enters spleen and stomach, and lung. Its bitter and pungent nature promotes qi flow and digestion.

8 oz (260g) 2-3 Shitake Mushroom – goes to lung and spleen, boost qi, benefits liver protects body.

Serves 4:


  1. Clean all the above ingredient and cut into large pieces.
  2. Add in 6 cups water or broth (chicken, vegetable or beef) and bring to boil.
  3. Turn down heat and simmer for 1 hour.

This soup can clear heat, relieve toxin, nourish 5 organs, strengthen body.

Ginger Spiced Acorn Squash

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Earth: Tonify Spleen Qi   - Dusten Nelson

Ginger spiced acorn squash:

1 acorn squash (or other winter squash)

1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup

1 tsp (5 mL) garam masala

1/2 tsp (5 mL) ginger

Pinch or two of salt, to taste

Dash of curry powder, plus 1 tsp (or to taste)

1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) butter

1 medium onion, chopped

Dash of nutmeg

2 apples, cubed (use tart or crisp apples like Gala or Granny Smith; avoid soft and sweet apples, like Macintoshes)

1/2 cup (125 mL) apple juice or cider

Serves: 2

Ingredients of note: General theme – sweet and warming

Acorn Squash: Support spleen and tonify qi

Maple syrup: tonifiy qi

Ginger: acrid, moving, and tonifying to middle jiao

Onion: moves and aids in detoxification, also warming.

Nutmeg: warming & moving

Apples & Juice: tonify qi and yin.

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a baking dish with aluminum foil (or not, if you like scrubbing).

Peel and cut the squash into large chunks, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square.

In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, garam masala, ginger, salt, and a dash of curry powder.

Add squash cubes and toss to coat.

Spread squash into baking dish, in as close to in a single layer as possible.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, stirring once or twice for even cooking.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add onion, a sprinkle of salt, and sauté until tender, about 12 minutes. Add remaining curry powder and a dash of nutmeg and stir for 1 minute.

Add apples and sauté a few more minutes until the apples are hot.

Transfer to a bowl to wait for the squash.

Once the squash’s 25 minutes are up, add the apple mixture to the squash in the baking dish. Sprinkle with apple juice or cider, and stir together.

Bake another 20 minutes or so, until the squash is tender.

Mung Bean Sprout Salad

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Wind Heat Invading Lungs, Wind Invasion (External)

Mung Bean Sprout Salad
Overall recipe: Releases exterior, resolves toxin, clears heat.

Mung Bean Sprouts: sweet, cool. Clears heat, resolves toxins, disperses summer-heat.
Scallion: acrid, warm. Releases exterior, resolves toxin
Sesame Seed: sweet, neutral. Moistens interior, supplements liver and kidney.
Sesame Oil: sweet cool. Detoxifies, moistens dryness, promotes bowel movement.
Ginger: acrid, slightly warm. Disperses cold, releases exterior, transforms phlegm, stops vomit.
Vinegar: sour, bitter, warm. Resolves toxin, kills worms, scatters stasis.
Garlic: acrid, warm. Courses qi, resolves toxin, kills parasites.
Honey: sweet, neutral. Resolves toxin, moistens dryness, strengthens the center.

Emily Hildebrand said:

Mung Bean Sprout Salad
Serves 46 cups mung bean sprouts
1 bunch of scallions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp sesame seeds

1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp sesame seed oil
2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp flax oil
a healthy drizzle of olive oil
Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over the sprouts etc.

Taken from Sally Fallon’s ‘Nourishing Traditions’

Pumkin seed milk- for Sp/ST Middle Jiao suppliment

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

David Hatfield

Pumkin seed milk- for Sp/ST Middle Jiao supplement

Ingredients –
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
5 cups water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sweetener (agave, honey, or maple syrup)

Directions –
1. Soak seeds- then rinse
2. Blend seeds with 2 cups water for one minute
3. Optional – strain if you want smoother milk, leave as is for a grainier texture
4. Mix blended seeds with remaining 3 cups water
5. Add vanilla and sweetener of choice

Benefits of pumpkin seeds
• Diuretic properties make these seeds useful for kidney, urinary tract and prostate disease especially BPH. Studies have also shown that the phosphorous in pumpkin seeds may help prevent kidney stones. SP/ST sweet warm & neutral. Supplements middle jiao.
• They have anti-parasitic properties and are useful in treating tapeworms, roundworms, and pinworms.
• They support the production of breast milk in nursing mothers.
• Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties making them a useful treatment for arthritis and have been proven to be as affective in controlling arthritis symptoms as some anti-inflammatory drugs.
• They contain antioxidants and essential fatty acids that promote healthy skin.
• The essential fatty acids also make pumpkin seeds useful to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL levels.
Pumpkin seeds contain significant amounts of the following nutrients: magnesium, iron, manganese, copper. zinc, protein. vitamins A, B. E and K. and omega 3 fatty acids.

Earth Builder and Regulator

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention

Earth Builder and Regulator
1 C Rice
¼ C Sprouted Barley
2 C Broccoli
1 Lb Halibut
1 T Fennel Seeds
1 T Black Pepper

Serves about 2

Pour 2.5 C of water into a large pot with the Rice and Sprouted Barely. Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer for about 30-45 minutes (or until the water is soaked up). Set over to the side.

Grind or smash up the Fennel Seeds and Black pepper together in a grinder or herb mortar. Rub all of the spice over the Halibut. Wash the Broccoli.

Heat up some oil of choice in a pan. Place the Halibut in the pan. Let the first side of the Halibut cook for about 5 minutes and then flip over. Let the halibut cook for about 3 minutes then put in the Broccoli. Let the Halibut and Broccoli cook for about 1 more minute and then put on plates.

Serve up the Rice and Sprouted Barely mix and Enjoy!

TCM Analysis
Rice: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Supplements SP and ST, Generates and preserves body fluids; Poor digestion, loose stool, diarrhea, General xu
Sprouted Barely: Sweet, Salty, Cold; ST; Promotes Digestion; Food Stagnation
Broccoli: Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Acrid, Cool; SP, LV; Strengthens SP, Clears heat; Poor Digestion, Inflammation
Halibut: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Strengthen SP and ST; MJ xu
Fennel Seed: Pungent, Warm; SP, ST, LV, KD; Harmonize ST; Stomachache, Abdominal Discomfort
Black Pepper: Pungent, Warm; ST, LI; Warm MJ, Descend ST Qi; Abdominal Pain, Vomiting

Overall Intended Actions
Strengthen and supplement SP and ST Qi to help digestion, move out food stagnation and relieve any abdominal discomfort accompanied with eating and/or stuck food. As listed above the Rice, Sprouted Barely, Broccoli, and Halibut are going to strengthen the ST and SP, aid in digestion, and generate fluids to assist in the proper downward flow (Broccoli’s bitterness will help with that). Fennel Seed and Black Pepper are going to warm and harmonize the MJ and help with rotting and ripening and moving everything along.