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Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity

Gomashio (Black Sesame Seeds and Salt)

Mix a 2:1 portion of dry roasted black sesame seeds and sea salt. Sprinkle on top of a bowl of rice as a condiment.

Black Sesame: sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

Salt: salty neutral KI
Actions: moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.

Gomashio (composite): salty sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

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.

Artichoke and Dandelion Frittata

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Vegetarian



  • 4 Artichokes, trimmed, hearts removed and reserved
  • 1 bunch Dandelion Greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ c cream
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Pinches of nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded fontina or Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

1) Quarter the artichoke hearts and steam until tender, 5 minutes. Add the greens and steam until wilted, 2 min. spread the artichokes and greens evenly in a greased baking pan.

2) Beat eggs with the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in shredded cheese. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake frittata uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan over the top and place back in oven for 5-8 minutes more until the frittata is puffed and browned on the top.

Artichoke: cool, sweet, bitter; regulates Liver Qi, benefits Liver and Gallbladder, clears heat

Dandelion Greens: cool, bitter, slightly sweet; clears heat, detoxifies Liver, subdues Liver Yang

Eggs: cool, sweet; nourishes Yin, tonifies Blood

Cream/Cheeses: neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, tonifies Qi and Blood, lubricates


This recipe will help with symptoms of Liver Yin Deficiency with Yang Rising like dizziness, blurred or impaired vision, headache, tinnitus, insomnia, and dry mouth and throat. It would also be useful with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and hot hands and feet. Even though the recipe contains ingredients like egg yolks and dairy, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily contribute to overall cholesterol imbalance in the body, and therefore, could still be beneficial for biomedical correlates of Yang Rising like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and conjunctivitis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Yang Deficiency or Damp constitution

Warm French Lentils

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

Sp Yang XU- Earth - Nina Gaglio

Warm French Lentils

Serves 4 to 6

2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup good olive oil

1 leek, white and light green parts, sliced ¼ inch thick.

2 carrots, scrubbed and ½ -inch-diced

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup French green Le Puy lentils

1 whole onion, peeled and stuck with 6 whole cloves

1 white turnip cut in half

1 teaspoon unsalted butter

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Lentils- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Stomach. Strengthens spleen, harmonizes middle jiao.

Leek/Onion-Warm and Acrid. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates qi, reduces toxins.

Carrots- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Liver, Lung, Heart. Strengthens spleen and heart, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung and drains damp.

Garlic- Hot and Acrid. Dispels cold resolves toxicity.

Turnip- Cool, Sweet, Bitter, Acrid. Clears heat, removes dampness and stagnant food, detoxifies, stops cough.

Butter- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Stomach, Lung. Supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness.

Dijon Mustard- Sweet, Warm, Liver, Stomach. Strengthens stomach, rectifies qi, harmonizes and warms the middle jiao.

Red wine vinegar- Warm, Sour, Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Pungent, Liver, Stomach. Heart. Invigorates blood, expels cold, clears toxin.

Salt- Salty, Cold, Kidney. Clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Pepper- Pungent, Warm, Stomach, Large Intestine. Warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels cold and damp.

Clove- Pungent, Warm, Stomach, Kidney. Warms middle jiao, dispels internal cold, warms the Kidney and stops pain.

Overall TCM Functions:

This dish Treats Sp Yang XU, harmonizes Spleen and Stomach resolves damp, supplements qi, nourishes Liver, strengthens the Kidney and benefits the Lung.

Sea Cucumber Soup

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Wood: Sea Cucumber Soup (Tonify Liver Blood)

Dusten Nelson


Sea Cucumber 2 oz (60g) – nourishes blood and yin, moistens dryness

Chinese Red Date 4g – tonifies qi and blood and supports yin

He Shou Wu 1 oz (25-30g) – tonify jing and move blood

Serves: 1

Cooking Instruction:

1. Wash all ingredients and and cut sea cucumber into pieces

2. Blanch sea cucumber in boiling water for a few minutes; drain, rinse with cold water

3. Put all ingredients in a double layer steamer, add appropriate amount of water, cover with lid and

steam for 2 hours over low heat

4. Add a pinch of salt and serve


1. Tonify liver blood, benefit liver yin

2. Benefit qi, nourish yin, tonify kidney, strengthen yang, moisten intestine, unblock bowel, promote urination, treat jaundice

3. Tonify qi and blood, harmonize spleen and stomach


Not suitable for patient with damp-heat (diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, jaundice, bitter taste in mouth, scanty and yellow urination) or exterior syndrome with fever, headache or sore throat.

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Qi Vacuity

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries, modified 


2 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 piece of ginger, (.5-1 inches long)

1 roasting chicken, skinned and cut up, or 3-4 lbs of skinless legs / breasts (ok to substitute

chicken breasts)

2 medium green onions, chopped into ½ inch pieces, tips and roots discarded

3-4 tbsp. rice wine or dry sherry

2 tbsp soy sauce, or to taste

2 tbsp goji berries

1 ½ c. water or chicken stock

1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

1 medium sized piece of dried tangerine peel (chen pi)

1 tsp. star anise, ground, or one piece, crushed


1. Heat oil in a pot big enough to hold all of the ingredients, add garlic and ginger and cook

until garlic is golden

2. Add the chicken, green onions, wine, soy sauce, goji berries, tangerine peel, and star

anise to the pot.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 30

minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

4. Sprinkle with sesame oil as a garnish.

5. Serve in a bowl with some of the broth, or on top of quinoa with the broth as a gravy.

This dish would be delicious with lightly cooked asparagus, and a glass of red wine or

unsweetened cranberry juice and water with a twist of lemon.

Pattern: LV and KD yin xu, LV blood not nourishing eyes, LV blood xu, Qi xu

Recipe analysis: This dish benefits the eyes (goji berries), tonifies the and moves the qi (chicken

and tangerine peel), warms the KD yang (star anise, garlic), warms the ST (ginger, garlic), and

nourishes the blood and strengthens the LV and KD (goji berries), chicken, sherry or rice wine,

soy sauce, stock). With quinoa, it reinforces the KD focus of the chicken. Adding asparagus to the

meal contributes a nice cooling counterpoint to the warm, acrid nature of the wine and star anise,

while nourishing the lungs.

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen cookbook, p. 163

Lotus Root Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity

Lotus Root Soup
Serves 4
Traditionally these soups are best cooked in a soup clay pot over charcoal fire, but now a day not many families are still using charcoal stove. Hence cooking over gas stove or slow cooker is also ok.
1.2-3 section of lotus root
2.5 dried red dates
3.1 honey date
4.200 grams pork ribs
5.2 dried scallop
6.4 dried oyster
7.1 tablespoon wolfberry optional
8.2 liters water (some will dry up during cooking)

1.Wash the lotus root and remove the skin, slice into thin slices of ½ cm.
2.Wash all other ingredients.
3.Put all ingredients, and water in a soup or stock pot, and put to boil. Turn down flame to very small and allow to slow boil for 3-4 hours.
4.Add salt to taste, and serve hot.

You can also cook this in slow cooker for 4 hours.

TCM Analysis-The lotus root quenches thirst, stops bleeding, clears heat, and cools the blood. The red dates and pork ribs tonify the blood, while the oysters and scallops moisten dryness, clears heat and tonifies Yin to support blood. Overall, this recipe nourishes the blood while clearing blood heat.

Avocado Dressing

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity

Avocado Dressing
(Yields 1 ½ cups)

1 avocado
Juice of ½ of a lemon

½ cup water
½ tsp. dandelion
¼ tsp. sea salt

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

TCM Analysis:
Avocado: cool, sweet, builds yin and blood, harmonizes LV, lubricates LU and intestines
Lemon: cool, sour, astringent, benefits LV, encourages formation of bile, increases fluid production
Dandelion: cool, bitter, cool LV heat
Sea Salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promote digestion, brightens eyes, strengthens KI, benefits bones, tendons and teeth

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.

Lychee Sorbet with Mint

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity

Lychee Sorbet with Mint
by Lizette Salazar

(makes about 1 quart of sorbet)

2 16-oz cans of lychees in syrup — one with the syrup and one drained

4-5 fresh mint leaves

Juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp of honey

In a food processor or blender, blend lychees with the syrup from just one can, mint, and lemon juice to a smooth consistency, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to an ice cream/sorbet maker and follow directions for making sorbet.

Lychees: Warm/Sweet, astringent. Nourishes blood, calms spirit, soothes LV, regulates qi

Lemon: cool, sour. Regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV.

Mint: Acrid, Aromatic, cool. LV qi stagnation, emotional instability, gynecological problems.

Honey: Neutral/ Sweet. Nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes, strengthens SP

Overall this recipe regulates LV qi stagnation and nourishes blood and yin. Due to its cold nature, the nourishing and cooling aspects are highlighted. But adding more mint and serving warmer would lean it towards more liver qi moving.