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Cranberry and Goji Berry Chutney with Shu di Huang

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Siri Michel

Fire Imbalance – Heart Blood Deficiency

Cranberry and Goji Berry Chutney with Shu di Huang

Ingredients

  • 9 grams Shu di Huang
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup goji berries
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • pinch allspice
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup white or brown sugar or 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • one orange, Zest of
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

 

Directions

  1. Combine cranberries, goji berries, apricots and shallots in saucepan.
  2. Add cider and enough water to cover. Let sit for 20 – 30 minutes.
  3. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, or until goji berries are soft and plump, and the cranberries pop.
  5. Stir in sugar, maple syrup, spices and salt.
  6. Cook 5 minutes longer.
  7. Adjust seasonings. Remove from heat.
  8. Stir in walnuts and orange zest.
  9. Cool to room temperature.
  10. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Shu di Huang: Sl. warm, sweet; HRT, LVR, KD; Tonify and nourish blood, yin, and essence.

Cranberries:  Neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Supplements the center and boosts the qi; fortifies the spleen and harmonizes the stomach; eliminates vexatious thirst, stops diarrhea and dysentery

Goji berries: Neutral, sweet; LVR, LU, KD; Nourish Liver blood, yin of Kidney and Lung.

Apricots: Cool, bland; SP, ST, UB; Drains dampness, promotes urination.

Shallots: Cold, sweet; HRT, ST, UB; Clear heat, promotes urination.

Apple Cider: Neutral, sweet, sour; SP, HRT, SI; Percolates damp, promotes urination.

Sugar: Neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Strengthen Spleen, moisturizes.

Maple Syrup: Neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Strengthen Spleen, moisturizes.

Ginger: Warm, pungent; LU, SP, ST; Release the exterior, disperse wind-cold; transform fluids; resolve toxicity.

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.

Allspice: Hot, pungent; SP, ST, SI, LI Warm middle burner, move qi.

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.

Walnuts: Warm, sweet; KD, LU, LI Tonify Kidney and Lung, moisten intestines.

Orange Zest: Sl. warm, aromatic; LU, SP, ST Regulate and move qi, prevent stagnation.

Options: substitute Dang Gui for Shu di Huang.

Modified recipe from: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/cranberry-and-goji-berry-chutney

Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries and Plums

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Water Overflow, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Frances Norris

Water-kidney deficiency

Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries and Plums - Makes 6 servings

Adapted from recipe on makingmichaelpollenproud.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blueberries-sour, sweet, warm, tonifies kidney
  • ½ cup Cranberries-sour, cooling, strengthens kidney
  • ½ cup Raspberries-slightly warm, sweet, sour, tonifies kidney
  • 3 medium plums, sliced-slightly warm, sweet, sour, regulates body fluids
  • 2 cups oats-sweet, warm, supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped, divided into ½ cup servings-slightly warm, sweet, tonifies kidney
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar-warm, sweet, strengthens digestion, warms body
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon-hot, pungent, sweet, warms body
  • ½ tsp. sea salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, strengthens kidney
  • 2 cups almond milk-sweet, neutral, supplements spleen
  • 1 large egg-sweet, neutral, supplements qi
  • 1 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan- sweet, neutral, supplements qi
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375, grease an 8-inch baking dish. Layer sliced plums in the bottom of the dish.  Top with mixed berries.

2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, ½ cup walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well, and pour the dry ingredients over the fruit.

3. Combine almond milk, egg, butter and vanilla, and whisk well.

4. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture. Top with remaining ½ cup walnuts.

5. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the oat mixture appears solid. Remove the dish from the oven, and allow the oatmeal to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm.

Cranberry Relish

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Side Dishes, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

cranberry-pear-relish

Cranberry Relish

Ingredients

20 oz Cranberries
2 cups Walnuts
Rind of 1 Orange
4 stalks Celery
Honey to taste

Preparation
Place the cranberries, walnuts, orange rind and celery in a blender or food chopper. Chop until ingredients are evenly mixed and diced. Remove from blender and add honey to taste.

Properties
The main ingredient, cranberry, is sour, cool and bitter. It drains damp-heat from the Lower Jiao, but its sour taste astringes physiological fluids, too. Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins, which protect against toxins and poisons in the blood, and also facilitate healing of wounds, strengthen blood vessels and facilitate blood flow. These chemicals are some of the most potent antioxidants available.

Walnuts are sweet and warm, and go to the Kidney and Lung. They tonify the Kidneys, lubricate the Intestines, and astringe jingo In addition, they can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, possibly because they contain omega-3 oils.

Orange rind stimulates and regulates Middle Jiao qi, aids digestion and resolves dampness. The turpens in the peel have been shown to reduce the incidence of chemically induced cancers.

Celery is sweet, bitter and cool. It tonifies the Middle Jiao, dries dampness and promotes urination, calms the Liver and clears heat.
Honey is sweet and neutral, and enters the Lung, Stomach and Large Intestine. It detoxifies, lubricates dryness and relieves pain.
This is a dish great on Thanksgiving. Given the damp-draining and qi-regulating qualities.

Western Nutrition info to help Prevent UTI

Categories: Articles, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Western Medicine

Nutrition and Supplements

Following these nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

* Drink a lot of fluids, such as herbal teas and water. Avoid sweetened fruit juices and other sweetened drinks.
* Cranberries and blueberries contain substances that inhibit the binding of bacteria to bladder tissue. Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice regularly helps lower the risk of UTIs.
* Try to eliminate potential food allergens, including dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, preservatives, and food additives. Your health care provider may want to test for food sensitivities.If you are susceptible to UTIs, drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry pills may help prevent recurrence.
* Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).
* Eat more high fiber foods, including beans, oats, root vegetables (such as potatoes and yams), and psyllium seed.
* Avoid refined foods such as white breads, pastas, and especially sugar.
* Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy is present) or beans for protein.
* Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil.
* Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods, such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
* Avoid coffee and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco.
* Drink 6 – 8 glasses of filtered water daily.
* Exercise at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.

You may address nutritional deficiencies with the following supplements:

* A multivitamin daily, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
* Vitamin C, 500 – 1,000 mg 1 – 2 times daily, as an antioxidant and for immune support.
* Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, 1 – 2 capsules or 1 tablespoonful oil 1 – 2 times daily, to help decrease inflammation and promote general health. Cold water fish, such as salmon or halibut, are good sources. Fish oil supplements can increase the effects of certain blood thinning medications.
* IP-6 (Inositol hexophosphonate), 1 – 8 grams daily on an empty stomach, for kidney health. Check with your health care provider for proper dosing.
* L-glutamine, 500 – 1,000 mg 3 times daily, for support of gastrointestinal health and immunity.
* Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5 – 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. There is strong scientific evidence to support the use of probiotics for urological conditions. Refrigerate probiotic supplements for best results.
* Grapefruit seed extract (Citrus paradisi), 100 mg capsule or 5 – 10 drops (in favorite beverage) 3 times daily, for antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activity.

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/urinary-tract-000169.htm