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Cinnamon-Chestnut Congee

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yang Vacuity, Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Cinnamon-Chestnut Congee 3 to 4 servings

In northern China, chestnuts are dubbed “the king of dried fruits” (gan guo zhi wang)

6 fresh, unshelled chestnuts
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup uncooked short-grain rice, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
4-5 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
1-2 teaspoons honey or other natural sweetener, or to taste (optional)

Boil chestnuts in a pot of water for 1/2 hour. Remove from water and cut in half (a serrated knife is helpful). Scoop out the firm flesh with a spoon, discarding the skins and shells. Chop chestnuts into 1/4-inch pieces.

Combine walnuts, chestnuts, rice, salt (if using) and water in a pot.

Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered with lid slightly ajar for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a little extra water if the congee is dryin out and/or sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Add cinnamon and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

Add honey, if desired, then serve.

Chestnuts-sweet, warm; SP/KD; tonify KD, bone and tendon, invigorate blood, strengthen SP
Walnuts-sweet, warm; LU/LI/KD; tonify KD and LU, lubricate LI, dissolve stones
Rice-sweet, neutral; SP/ST; supplement SP and ST, generate and preserve body fluids
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Cinnamon-pungent, sweet, warm; SP/ST/UB; dispel cold, promote blood circulation, warm mingmen fire
Honey-sweet, neutral; SP/LU/LI; nourish and harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, antidote to drug and food poisoning

Harmonizes HT & KD, augment KD essence and strengthen SP qi.

Especially good for anyone with cold extremities, weakness, impotence, diarrhea, low back pain, poor memory, insomnia or frequent nighttime urination.

Health Bars

Categories: Gluten-free, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Qi Vacuity, Snacks, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian


Health Bars
Lotus Seed, Cooked and chopped 1/2 cup
Black seseme seeds 1/4 cup
Dried cherries 1/2 cup
Chestnuts, Cooked and chopped 1/2 cup
Raisins 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar 1/2 cup
Honey 1/2 cup
Rolled Oats 3 cups
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp

Mix all ingredients in bowl. Adjust amount of brown sugar and honey for desired consistency. Spread into 9 x9 square baking dish, press down evenly. Bake for 20 to 30 min at 350 degrees. Let cool , cut into bar size pieces.



KD jing Xu
Lotus seed – astringes KD essence
Black seseme seed, Cherries, Raisins, Chestnuts – tonify KD qi and essence
Cinnamon – Warms the KD
Brown sugar and honey – harmonize the middle jiao
Oats – Supplement vacuity

Qi Xu
Sexual debility
Blood Xu
Low back pain

Pumpkin and chestnut soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian


Pumpkin and chestnut soup

2 onions

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium pumpkin or squash
2 pints vegetable stock
1 cup dried chestnuts, soaked
2 cloves garlic
1 bayleaf
1 teaspoon rosemary
Splash of cider vinegar
Parsley to garnish
Pinch paprika

Method: Presoak the chestnuts overnight or use fresh chestnuts if available. Chop the onions roughly and fry in the olive oil until softened. Chop the pumpkin, removing the skin and seeds, and sweat with the onions, turning occasionally until it starts to soften. Add the vegetable stock, chestnuts, crushed garlic, bayleaf and rosemary. Simmer for 40 minutes, remove the bayleaf and puree adding a splash of cider vinegar and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper. Serve garnished with parsley and a sprinkle of paprika.

10 minutes preparation/50 minutes cooking. Serves 6.


Action:Pumpkin nourishes the Spleen, strengthening the Qi and helping remove Dampness. Chestnuts also support the Spleen as well as warming the Kidney, strengthening Yang and gently stimulating Blood circulation. This recipe is ideal for the condition of Spleen Yang Deficiency.