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Chai

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Vegetarian

chai-tea

CHAI TEA

makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

2 qts water

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ c green cardamom pods

1 heaping tsp black peppercorns

½ heaping tsp whole cloves

Several slices of fresh ginger

1-2 black teabags (I like Darjeeling or Earl Gray)

Honey

Goat’s Milk

nutmeg

1) Combine all ingredients except for the tea bags; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 min.  Add the tea bags and continue to simmer for another 10-15 min.  Strain into a container to store.

2) To serve, reheat a desired amount and add honey and goat’s milk to taste; grate nutmeg over the top.

Variations:

Experiment by adding other dried herbs like dried tangerine peel or dried coconut.

You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk for the goat’s milk.

TCM ANALYSIS

Qi Stagnation with Cold in the Middle Jiao

Cinnamon:  Hot, acrid, and sweet; HT, LV, KD, SP; strengthens stomach, warms body.

Cardamom:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP; aids digestion, warms and resolves dampness, regulates Qi, stops

nausea and vomiting.

Black Peppercorns:  Hot, acrid; ST, LI; warms body, aids digestion

Cloves:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP, ST; warms body, reverses rebellious Qi.

Ginger:  Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; releases exterior Wind Cold, stops nausea/vomiting

Black Tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; clears the head, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion and urination

Honey:  Warm, sweet; LU, SP, ST; lubricates dryness, strengthens digestion

Goat’s Milk:  Neutral, sweet; strengthens, nourishes Qi and Blood, lubricates dryness

This recipe contains very warming and moving herbs that promote good digestion.  Goat’s Milk is

the traditional ingredient in this drink and even though it can be considered an acquired taste, in a

small amount, it works to tonify Qi and Blood.   Goat’s Milk is also much easier to digest than Cow’s

milk.  It can be used for indigestion, fatigue after meals, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup
six servings

*8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
*8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly
*8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly
*2 sticks of cinnamon
*1 tsp anise seeds
*1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive)
*1/2 cup rice wine or sake
*7 cups water
-2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian)
-1 cup barley
-1 1/2 lbs spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained
-3 TBS minced scallions, white part only

1. Place the starred ingredients in a large pot or casserole dish. Bring to a boil.

2. Add the beef and barley, and boil again. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, skimming the surface to remove impurities and fat. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is very tender. Scoop out the ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise seeds, and discard.

3. Add the spinach to the beef, cover, and heat till boiling. Ladle the meat with broth and spinach into serving bowls, sprinkling the top with scallions. Serve immediately.

TCM Theory:
Scallions: warm, acrid, LU, ST
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, LU, ST, SP
Cinnamon: warm to hot, acrid, ST, SP, LV, KD
Soy Sauce: cold, salty & sweet, SP, ST, KD
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Beef: warm, neutral, sweet, SP, ST, KD
Barley: cool, salty, sweet, SP, ST
Spinach: cool, sweet, ST, LV, LI, SI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans)

1 15-oz.can diced tomatoes with green chilies, (or a can of tomatoes plus 3 tablespoons of diced green chilies from a can, or 1-2 finely chopped fresh jalapenos)

1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (opt.)

1/4 teaspoon salt (if needed)

fresh ground pepper, lots

1 small avocado (or vegan sour cream)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Slice a very small piece from the end of each potato. (Or, you can prick them all over with a fork.) Bake at 425ËšF for about 40 minutes or until nice and soft all the way through. You can bake them right on the oven rack. I like to use the toaster oven for this unless I’m using the big oven to make other stuff, too. When they are ready, place them on a plate to cool slightly while you finish up the filling.
  • Cook the the onion, garlic and oregano (and jalapenos, if using fresh) in the oil for one minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, canned chilies (if using), salt and pepper. Heat gently until hot. Stir in the parsley or cilantro. Taste for seasoning.
  • Open the avocado and scoop out the pulp. Mash and mix with lemon juice, a tiny pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Split the potatoes lengthwise and gently push the ends towards each other to create a pocket.
  • Fill the pockets with the bean mixture and top with avocado or vegan sour cream.

This is a good recipe to use for KD deficiency. The three main ingredients- Black Beans, Tomato, and Sweet Potatoes all go to strengthening the KD. The recipe would be a nice tonifying recipe over all, with Avocado as another nice ingredient to nourish blood and yin. The green onions and cilantro keep the dish moving, and the black pepper would help with digestion. Its a nice, healthy dish all around- and fairly balanced in temperature, with many of the ingredients being neutral.

Sweet Potato Pie

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Sweet Potato Pie

1 Recipe of your favorite pie crust.
2 cups cooked, mashed Sweet potatoes (yams).
3 beaten eggs
½ to ¾ cup brown sugar, barley malt, syrup, or honey.
1 tsp. cinnamon.
½ tsp. cloves.
¼ tsp. nutmeg.
½ tsp. allspice.
1 scant tsp. salt.
1 ½ cups evaporated milk (or mixed nonfat dry milk, goat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk).
Whipped cream for topping (optional).

Prepare crust and put into a 9 to 10 inch pie plate.  In a large bowl, beat together all the other ingredients except whipped cream.  Beat thoroughly and pour into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for nearly an hour.  Cool before serving.  Serves six to eight people.

Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP/ST/L.I.; Strengthens SP, Tonifies qi/blood.
Eggs: sweet, neutral; nourishes yin/blood, lubricates dryness.
Milk: sweet, neutral; strengthens weakness, Tonifies qi, blood, and yin, lubricates dryness.
Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.
Cinnamon: acrid, sweet, hot; HT/KD/LV/SP. Warms and Tonifies yang, disperses cold, moves blood.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP/ST, nourishes yin and blood, and benefits KD/LU.

Sweet Potato Soup

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Stomach Food Retention

Sweet Potato Soup
(8 servings)

1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
3 cups chicken stock
1 head garlic, peeled
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ tbsp curry powder
2 tsp minced ginger
1 cup cream (or nonfat evaporated milk)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the potatoes and roast them in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender.
2. Bring the stock to a boil and blanch the garlic for 5 minutes; remove garlic from the stock with a slotted spoon.
3. Scoop the potato pulp out of the skins. Puree the potato and garlic cloves. Combine with stock.
4. Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté the curry powder until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add the curry and ginger to the soup and simmer for 15 minutes (the soup may be held at this point, and refrigerated or frozen until ready to serve).
5. Add the cream or evaporated milk and simmer a few minutes until hot. Serve.

Analysis:
The sweet potatoes are neutral and sweet, strengthen SP and ST, tonify qi and blood, clear heat, and detoxify. Chicken stock is warm and sweet, supplements qi of SP and ST, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi and consolidates the KD. Garlic is hot and acrid, it detoxifies, removes stagnant food and blood, aids vomiting and diarrhea. Vegetable oil seems neutral and lubricating. Curry ???? Ginger is pungent and warm, disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other substances, and reduces inflammation. Cream/milk is sweet and neutral, supplements qi, nourishes blood, and moistens dryness.
Overall, the recipe is warm and sweet, nourishing to the ST and SP, yet moving and detoxifying. The soup tastes rich, but is soothing to the ST and can be especially good if the patient has overeaten the night before. It aids retention of food in the ST and symptoms of indigestion.

Beef Essence

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Beef Essence
(2-4 servings)

1 pound lean beef, cut into thin strips
5 slices fresh ginger
¼ cup rice wine
5 ½ cups water

1. Place the beef and ginger in a pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add the wine and the water and bring it to a simmer. Do not let it boil.
2. Cook over low heat for 2 hours, adding water if necessary. Cover and continue cooking another 2 hours over low heat or until broth is flavorful.
3. Strain and discard the beef. Serve the soup flavored with desired seasonings to taste.

Analysis:
Beef is sweet and warm, it supplements SP and ST, nourishes qi and blood, and strengthens tendon and bone. Ginger is pungent and warm, disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other substances, and reduces inflammation. Rice wine is warm, pungent and sweet; it promotes circulation.

Overall, this dish is warm and sweet, nourishing the SP, ST and blood. It provides a boost of energy, and is especially good for someone who is ill and has little appetite.

Note:  Tonifies Kidney Qi and Yang as well.

Hong Dou Tang (Red Bean Soup)

Categories: Shen Calming, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Hong Dou Tang (Red Bean Soup)
China

Treatment Principle: strengthens SP, regulates qi, dispels Phlegm, drains Damp, promotes urination.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2/3 cup dried azuki beans
1/2 dried tangerine peel (chen pi) torn into pieces
3/4 cup of brown sugar or Chinese hong tang

Soak the azuki beans overnight in 4 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low, add the tangerine peel, cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add a further 4 cups of water and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 30 minutes.

To test to see if they are ready, press one bean between the fingers. It should crush without any effort. If it is still hard, cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, then check again.
Add half of the sugar to the pan containing the beans and stir gently continuing to add more sugar until it is sweet to your taste. Simmer for a few minutes longer.

Serve hot.

Azuki Beans: sweet sour neutral HT SP SI
Actions: strengthens the SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

Brown Sugar: sweet warm SP ST LV
Actions: supplements middle jiao, expels cold, invigorates blood, moves LV qi.
Indications: middle jiao deficiency cold, menstrual cramps, post childbirth recovery.

Chen Pi: acrid, bitter, warm, aromatic LU SP ST
Actions: regulates the qi, adjusts the middle, and relieves the diaphragm, dries dampness and transforms phlegm, prevents stagnation.
Indications: epigastric or abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting, damp turbidity obstructing the middle with a stifling sensation in the chest, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, thick greasy tongue coat.

Red Bean Soup (composite): aromatic sweet sour warm HT SP ST LV LU SI
Actions: adjusts and supplements middle jiao, promotes urination, invigorates Blood and eliminates stagnant Blood, expels cold, regulates and moves the qi, dries dampness and transforms phlegm.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, middle jiao deficiency cold, epigastric or abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting, damp turbidity obstructing the middle with a stifling sensation in the chest, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, thick greasy tongue coat.

Split Pea and Barley Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Split Pea and Barley Soup (serves six)

14 cups of water
1 pound green split peas
½ cup barley, rinsed in a strainer
1 TBL olive oil
1 bay leaf
2 TBLS unsalted butter
2 medium onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot combine water, split peas, barley, olive oil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to lively simmer. Cook the soup, continuing to stir periodically for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  • Stir the onions into the soup along with the carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Cook, now stirring frequently to prevent the soup from sticking as it thickens, for 30 more minutes. The soup is ready when the peas have almost totally dissolved and the barley and vegetables are tender. The soup will thicken as it cools in the serving bowls, so thin with more water if necessary.

Comments: This recipe uses great ingredients for the SP.  They are cooked well, making it easier for the Spleen to digest. It also offers warming spices to help warm the middle jiao and encourage Sp Qi. Barley is a particularly good grain for strengthening the SP and ST and also helps to leach out dampness. Carrots are also nice for the SP and help drain dampness

Oven Roasted Carrots with Mideast Spice Blend

Categories: Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Siri Michel

Earth Imbalance – Spleen Qi Deficiency; Spleen Yang Deficiency

Oven Roasted Carrots with Mideast Spice Blend (Serves 4 as a side dish)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb carrots – cut on diagonal into ½ inch thick pieces
  • 1 – 2 T olive oil
  • 1.5 to 2 tsp cumin (optional 1/2 – 1 tsp whole cumin)
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp kosher or sea salt
  • black pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sliced carrots in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over them. Toss carrots to coat.
  3. Sprinkle spices over carrots. Toss well to coat.
  4. Spread carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Roast until tender and lightly caramelized, turning once at midpoint. Approximately 30 – 45 minutes or
  6. until done.
  7. Salt and pepper are to taste. All spices can be increased or decreased.

NOTE: For Spleen Yang Deficiency, pan roast carrots in a skillet until slightly caramelized and medium soft. Add a couple tablespoons of water, cover and steam for a few minutes until carrots are soft. This will make them easier to digest.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs; Function

Carrots: Neutral to sl. warm, sweet,

pungent; LU, SP, HRT, KD, LVR; Strengthens all internal organs; detoxifies; lubricates intestines, promotes digestion, strengthen Spleen/Lung, benefits eyes.

Olive Oil: Neutral, sweet; LVR, GB Nourish yin and fluids; lubricate intestines

Cumin: Warm, pungent; LU, LI Warms the center, promotes digestion.

Cinnamon: Hot, pungent, sweet; SP, KD, UB; Supplements source yang; warms Spleen & stomach; eliminates accumulation and chill; frees the flow of blood; stops pain.

Cayenne: Hot, pungent; SP, ST Dispels cold; fortifies the Stomach; quickens the blood and moves qi; treats indigestion, loss of appetite, and wind damp cold bi syndrome.

Kosher or Sea Salt: Cold, salty, sl. sweet; KD, UB Harmonize and promote digestion; in small amounts - strengthens Kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth; brightens eyes; detoxifies.

Black Pepper: Hot, pungent; ST, LI Warms the center and descends qi; disperses phlegm and resolves toxins; promotes digestion and resolves food accumulations

 

Vegetable substitutions – Consider doing a mix of vegetables.

  • Sweet potatoes – warm, sweet
  • Cauliflower – neutral, sweet
  • Squash – slightly cool, sweet
  • Parsnips – warm, sweet, bitter
  • Potatoes – neutral, sweet
  • Broccoli – cool, sweet, sl. bitter

 

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.