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Smooth Move Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Smooth Move Smoothie
L.I. shi heat leading to constipation
By Katie Fritz

1 apple, cored/sliced
1 pear, cored/sliced
1 plum, pitted/sliced
2 bananas
1/2 avocado
1/2 c. silken tofu
1-2 c. green tea (depending upon your preference of consistency)
1-2 tbsp. Maple syrup (to taste)
Cinnamon, to taste

Place the apple, pear, plum, bananas, avocado & tofu in your blender. Boil 8-16 oz. of water and add to 1-2 heaping tsp. of green tea leaves, steep for about 5 minutes. Once steeped to your liking, add green tea (w/o leaves) to your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste test & add maple syrup & cinnamon to your liking!

Serving size: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Apple: reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, tonifies qi
Pear: cools ST heat; generates body fluids, quenches thirst, clears heat, descends qi (& stops cough)
Plum: aids digestion, regulates body fluids, removes stagnation of qi
Banana: moistens the L.I.; clears heat, lubricates intestines
Avocado: nourishes yin & xue, moistens LU, skin & intestines
Tofu: expels heat & moistens/lubricates dryness, strengthens SP/ST
Green tea: cools heat, relieves thirst, promotes digestion
Maple syrup: sweet, tonifies SP/ST
Cinnamon (gui zhi): strengthens ST, warms coldness

The overall focus of this recipe is to cool L.I. heat, generate fluids & stimulate digestion. The cinnamon will counteract the mostly cold nature of this recipe, while stimulating the digestive organs. The fruits, tofu & tea cool heat & moisten the bowels.

Pear Bai He Tea

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Phlegm Misting the Heart, Shen Calming

Siri Michel

Metal Imbalance; Lung Yin Deficiency; Hot Phlegm in Lung

Pear Bai He Tea

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried unsweetened pears, diced (or 1 fresh pear, diced)
  • 12 grams bai he (if fresh, one lily bulb)
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 1 – 3 tsp honey
  • 3 cups water

Directions

  1. Put the pear, bai he and water in a non-reactive saucepan.
  2. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook at simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat. Remove lid and add the green tea bag. Let steep for 3 minutes and remove.
  5. Add honey. Stir well to dissolve.
  6. Strain and enjoy. Eat the pear.
  7. When reheating, do so on the stovetop.

2 servings

Options: can easily double recipe and keep a jar in the refrigerator.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Pear: Cold, sweet; LU, LI; Moisten Lung, descend Lung qi, stop cough, transform phlegm, lubricate intestines, clear heat.

Bai he:  Sl. cold, sweet; LU, HRT; Moisten Lung, stop cough, clear HRT, calm mind, clear heat.

Green tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; Resolve phlegm, promote digestion, clear mind, clear heat.

Honey:  Neutral to warm, sweet; SP,ST, LU; Nourish Yin, lubricate dryness, tonify Spleen.

CI:  severe Spleen Qi or Yang Deficiency; Cold-Phlegm of the Lung

chuan xiong & hong hua tea

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation

chuan xiong & hong hua tea
Sx: headache, fix pain, sublingual dark, purple tongue w/ scanty coating
Fx: invigorate blood, dispel stasis
INGREDIENTS:Chuan xiong 6g, hong hua 3g, green tea leaf 3g, water 150-300 cc
FX OF HERBS:
chuan xiong:enter liver, GB and PC channels, acrid, warm. active theblood, move qi , and alleviate pain
hong hua:enter liver and heart channels, acrid warm. active the blood, dispel blood stasis and stop pain
greenn tea: cool and help blood circulation

serve size: 1 cup

For HEART BLODD STASIS-

Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming, Summerheat

Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

by Kylie Roach

2 C. filtered water
3 green tea bags
½ can of Lychees in syrup (about 8 lychees and their juice)

Make the tea: Boil 2 cups of water and add the 3 tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.
Let tea cool slightly then pour into an ice cube tray (fills about 1 tray).
Freeze the green tea cubes.
Soak the bottom of the ice cube tray in warm water for a few seconds when ready to make the smoothie.
In a blender add the green tea ice cubes and about 8 lychees and syrup (just under half a can, as many as you’d like).
Blend on high power until smooth and serve.
Makes about 4 cups/32 ounces.

TCM Analysis:

Green tea: Cool, bitter and sweet, diuretic, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion, refreshes the mind.
Lychees: Warm, sweet and astringent, nourishes blood, soothes the LV, calms shen, regulates Qi.

This is a cool and refreshing beverage for summertime thirst. The tea cools and the lychee soothes. This recipe is good for someone who needs a relaxing snack.

Green Tea Benefits

Categories: Articles, Western Medicine

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-000255.htm

Amazingly well researched and concise article on the Univ of Mayland site about benefits of green tea and concerns for combinations with other herbs and medications.

Also a pubmed article about green tea reducing inflammatory bowels in mice.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11435526