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Jue Ming Zi Hypertension Tea

Categories: High blood pressure, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Fire Rising, Liver Wind (Endogenous), Liver Yang Rising

Wood/Fire

Jue Ming Zi Hypertension Tea

Wind Stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol

Jue Ming Zi clears heat, moistens dry, lowers blood pressure

Gou Qi Zi tonifies blood, benefits liver

Chrysanthemum flowers – clears heat

Ingredients:

10g 1 tsp 5

Directions:

1. Clean Jue Ming Zi,

2. low heat pan fry until fragrant and popping sound

3. Combine all ingredients and pour in hot water Steep for 15 minutes

Hai Ji Tang (Black-Boned Chicken Soup)

Categories: Kidney & Urinary Bladder Qi Vacuity, Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Unable to Grasp Qi, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Hai Ji Tang (Black-Boned Chicken Soup)
via China

Serves 4 (about 2 quarts)

Ingredients
1 1-lb silkie chicken (wu gu ji: black-boned chicken) head and feet discarded, cleaned and rinsed
20 pieces long yan rou (Longan Arillus)
1/4 cup yi mi (Coicis Semen)
2 large, thick, solid, heavy rhizomes huang jing (Polygonati Rhizoma)
1/4 cup gou qi zi (Lycii Fructus)
3-4 very large slices he shou wu (Polygoni multiflori Radix preparata)
4 pieces dang shen (Codonopsis Radix)
40 pieces lian zi (Nelumbinis Semen)
salt
light Chinese soy sauce

Rinse all the dried herbs and set aside. Soak the lian zi in hot water for a few minutes or until soft, then remove all the pits in them to prevent the soup from becoming bitter.

Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Boil the chicken for 2 minutes, then remove and set aside. Put the chicken in a double boiler with enough water to barely cover it. Place the double boiler over high heat and add the herbs. Bring to a boil and skim off the scum. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours, occasionally skimming fat from the surface.

When done, remove and discard the herbs with a slotted spoon. Remove and set aside the chicken. Line a colander with cheesecloth and place over a serving bowl. Pour the broth through the colander, add salt to taste, and serve. The chicken is sliced and served separately, each diner dipping it in a light soy sauce before eating.

Wu gu ji (Silkie chicken): sweet neutral LV KI
Actions: nourishes LV and KI, nourishes yin, reduces fever
Indications: consumptive disease, xiao ke, chronic xie xie

Long yan rou (Longan Arillus): sweet warm HT SP
Actions: nourishes blood, tonifies qi, calms the spirit.
Indications: insomnia, palpitations, forgetfulness, dizziness.

Yi mi (Coicis Semen): sweet bland sl. cold LU SP ST KI
Actions: tonifies the SP, augments the LU, leaches damp from bones, sinews, muscles, cools heat, expels pus.
Indications: edema, diarrhea, damp heat disorder.

Huang jing (Polygonati Rhizoma): sweet neutral KI LU SP
Actions: tonifies SP qi, nourishes SP and LU yin, augments KI jing.
Indications: dry cough, lower back pain, wasting and thirsting disorder.

Gou qi zi (Lycii Fructus): sweet neutral LV LU KI
Actions: enriches LV, KI and LU yin, nourishes LV blood, mildly tonifies KI yang, benefits the jing, brightens the eyes, lowers BP and cholesterol.
Indications: sore back and legs, wasting and thirsting disorder, consumption, dizziness, blurred vision, diminished visual acuity.

He shou wu (Polygoni multiflori Radix preparata): bitter sweet astringent sl. warm LV KI
Actions: tonifies LV and KI, nourishes blood and yin, preserves the jing.
Indications: dizziness, blurred vision, premature greying, weakness in the lower back and knees, insomnia.

Dang shen (Codonopsis Radix): sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: tonifies the middle jiao, augments the SP and LU qi.
Indications: SP qi deficiency, prolapse due to collapsed SP qi, chronic cough, shortness of breath.

Lian zi (Nelumbinis Semen): sweet astringent neutral HT KI SP
Actions: tonifies and stabilizes SP, HT, and KI, calms the spirit.
Indications: chronic diarrhea, premature ejaculation and spermatorrhea, palpitations, irritability, insomnia.

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

Soy Sauce: salty cold SP ST KI
Actions: harmonizes middle jiao, clears Heat, antidote to food poisoning.
Indications: interior heat toxin, fullness secondary to febrile diseases.

Hai ji tang (composite): bitter sweet salty astringent neutral LV KI HT SP ST LU
Actions: tonifies qi, tonifies and harmonizes middle jiao, nourishes HT, LV, LU, and KI, nourishes blood and yin, augments KI jing, calms the spirit, moistens dryness.
Indications: KI, LV, HT, SP, ST, LU, blood and yin deficiency.

Brown Rice Porridge

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

Brown Rice Porridge

1 cup brown rice (coarsely ground)
2 cups water
1/2 cup gou qi zi
2 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp unrefined, expeller pressed flaxseed oil

In medium sauce pan, bring rice to a boil and reduce heat. Add gou qi zi and let simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. When a pasty consistency is achieved, remove from heat and add honey and flax oil. Serves 2 people.

Brown rice: Sweet, sour, warm; SP/ST. Strengthens SP/ST, drains damp, relieves irritability, stops diarrhea, cold hands and feet and nervous debility (contains B vitamins).
Gou qi zi: sweet, neutral; LU/LV/KD. Benefits LV/KD, moistens LU, benefits essence and brightens the eyes.
Raw honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, reduces inflammation and pain.
Flax seed: sweet, neutral; Strengthens immunity, relieves inflammation, reduces pain, benefits heart, lowers cholesterol.
Overall, this recipe tonifies SP/ST, nourishes LV/KD yin, and clears heat.

White Chicken with Hawthorn Fruit and and Wolfberries

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

White Chicken with Hawthorn Fruit and and Wolfberries

Combine 30g Hawthorn fruit, 10g of gou qi zi and 150g white chicken meat together. Add a handful of Black Wood Ear mushrooms. Cover with either broth or water and cook until the chicken is done. Add pepper to taste. Serve over quinoa or brown rice or cous cous.

Chicken – sweet, warm. Affects spleen stomach, kidney. Supplements qi, nourishes blood, consolidates kidney, boosts wei qi.
Black wood Ear -sweet, neutral. affects spleen and kidney. Supplements qi and xue, consolidates kidney, softens hardened arteries, prevents cancer.
gou qi zi – sweet, nuetral. Affcts Lung, Liver, Kidney. Nourishes Liver and kidney, improves vision, moistens lungs.
shan zha – sour, sweet, slightly warm. affects Spleen, stomach, liver. aids digestion. invigorates xue.
Pepper – pungent, warm. Affects stomach, LI. Warms MJ, decends stomach qi, invigorates xue.

Indications: chest pain or other severe localized pain, dark or dusky tongue, choppy pulse.

Although these ingredients don’t enter the Heart itself, they work together to treat arteriosclerosis which can be a result of Heart Xue stasis.