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Pear and Watercress Soup

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Pear and Watercress Soup

Serves 6
1 bunch of watercress
4 pears, sliced
3 ¾ cups chicken stock, preferably homemade OR vegetable stock (if vegetarian or if there is much heat and dryness present in patient)
½ yogurt
juice of 1 lime
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place two-thirds of the watercress leaves and all stems in a pan with the pears, stock, and a little seasoning. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Reserving some of the watercress leaves for the garnish, add the rest to the soup and immediately blend in a food processor until smooth.

Put the soup in a bowl and stir the cream and lime juice to mix the flavors thoroughly. Season again to taste. Pour all the soup back into the rinsed pan and reheat, stirring gently, until warmed through.

Serve in warm bowls with watercress garnish.

Watercress — cool, bitter; clears heat, quenches thirst, lubricates lungs, promotes diuresis; treats thirst, irritability, restlessness, dry sore throat, cough with yellow sputum.

Pear — cold, sweet; regenerates body fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, lubricates throat & LU, quenches thirst, promotes urination, detoxifies, dissolves mucus, stops cough; treats cough due to heat in the LU, excess mucus, irritability, thirst, dry throat, hoarse throat, retina pain, constipation, difficult urination, skin lesions, alcohol intoxication

Chicken (stock) — warm, sweet; tonifies qi, nourishes xue, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST

Vegetable stock — slightly more cooling and moistening than the chicken stock perhaps; substitute when the patient presents with more extreme heat and dryness.

Yogurt — neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, nourishes qi, xue & yin, lubricates dryness

Lime — cool, sour; regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst; treats sore throat, dry mouth, ST distention, cough

METAL IMBALANCE – LU HEAT (XU OR EXCESS)
*this recipe is overall cooling and moistening. Therefore use with caution in cool-damp conditions.

Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

Categories: Cleanse, Cold Phlegm Accumulating in Lung, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat

Ensalada de Nopales, Rabano, Zanahoria, y Chayote
Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

1 30 ounce jar of prepared nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus)
1 bunch of radishes
2 large carrots
2 chayote squashes
3 limes
salt

 Drain and rinse the nopales in cold water.
 Slice the radishes into thin half moons.
 Peel the carrots, then slice into ribbons using a peeler.
 Cut the chayote into quarters, as you would with a pear, then cut out the center seed and tough white layer. Then cut into small cubes.
 Blanch the chayote in boiling water, then set aside in the fridge to chill.
 Juice the limes.
 When the chayote is fully chilled, toss together with the nopales, radish, and carrot.
 Drizzle with lime juice and season with salt.

Tx: This salad is also very cleansing and cooling. The combination of nopales and radish makes it a great recipe for damp-heat or phlegm-heat conditions. It is also very regulating to fluid metabolism.

Nopales: Sweet and slightly bitter. Nopales have a very characteristic slippery texture, like spinach, which hints that this food probably can regulate urination and bowels. As it is often used for diabetes in Mexico, I think nopales can regulate fluids, and has a use in wasting and thirsting.
Radish: Cooling, pungent and sweet. Moistens the Lung, breaks up phlegm, removes food stagnation and toxicity, and cools the blood. Often used in cases of phlegm and heat.
Chayote: This Mexican squash is similar in flavor to summer squashes. I believe that it is cool, sweet, and slightly bitter. Regulates fluids and can promote diuresis, relieves heat.
Carrot: Neutral to cool and sweet. Benefits the Lung, Spleen, Liver and Heart. Eliminates wastes and treats indigestion due to excess. Drains dampness.
Lime: Cool and sour. Regulates and harmonizes the Stomach and Liver.

Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

Categories: Beverages, Damp in Lower Jiao, Gluten-free, Heat, Raw, Stomach Fire, Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

for after a tough day in the garden, or as an anecdote to too much Mexican and Margaritas.

To make a pitcher :
5 large stalks of Celery (cleaned, but don’t need to be trimmed)
4 Starfruit (Carambola)
3 cups of Grapes (cleaned with skins and seeds)
1 Lime (If possible, use mature, dark green limes that are kept at room temperature and rolled around on a hard surface before juicing. This will give you the most amount of juice and the best quality.)
And a few Sprigs of Mint.
Serve with halved grapes or sliced starfruit in a chilled glass. Enjoy!

by Mariah Van Horn

TCM ANALYSIS
Recipe for Damp Heat in the UB
When a patient is suffering from damp heat in the lower burner, there are not many dessert recipes they should probably be eating- since sweet and nourishing foods will not encourage the pattern to resolve. Therefore, I have written a recipe for a drink that will be very refreshing and will aid in removing the damp heat from the body.
This recipe would be cool and detoxifying. Some of the ingredients drain damp, treat Lin disorder and promote urination- while also promoting fluids. This would be great for Damp Heat in the Lower Burner, Summer Heat, and many other patterns dealing with Heat and Damp conditions. It could also be used to detoxify the body and purify the liver.

For Damp Heat drink 1 cup twice daily.
Drink 3 cups and eat minimally if the goal is to detoxify the body.

Cucumbers with lime and cilantro

Categories: Dryness, Heat, Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Cucumbers with Lime and Cilantro

2 cucumbers, sliced.

Lime juice from 3 limes, approximately ½ cup juice.

½ cup cilantro, chopped

Salt

Cut up cucumbers into a bowl, pour juice on top, add cilantro and salt and mix together. This can last for several days in the refrigerator.

Serves 4.

TCM ANALYSIS

cucumber– Cool, sweet, diuretic, counteract toxins, cleanse blood, moistens lungs

Lime juice–Cool, sour, astringent, antiseptic. Benefits Liver.

Cilantro– Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Salt– Salty, cold, Kd. Clears heat, cools blood, eases bowels, nourishes kidney

This is a nice recipe for summer heat with dryness and no damp. It is cooling, moistening, and releases the exterior. It is contraindicated for more pronounced damp signs or for spleen yang deficiency.

Chilean Celery and Avocado Salad

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Paleo, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Chilean Celery and Avocado Salad

ingredients:
6-8 large ribs of celery, well washed and sliced horizontally about 1/4 inch thick
4 large pieces organic romaine, washed well and torn into bite sized pieces
1 large avocado, mashed
2 large limes, juiced
pinch of salt

combine all ingredients in a large non-reactive bowl. serve as a side or eat as a snack. serves 4.

analysis:
celery and lettuce are cool, sweet and bitter and drain fire. avocado is sweet and heavy and nourishes yin and cools the digestive tract; its heavy nature may also harmonize the liver by anchoring floating yang. lime is cooling, sweet and sour and soothes the liver by coursing it.

CUCUMBER LIME SALAD

Categories: Dryness, Salad, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

2 cucumbers, sliced. 

Lime juice from 3 limes, approximately ½ cup juice. 

Cilantro ½ cup, chopped

Salt  

 

Cut up cucumbers into a bowl, pour juice on top, add cilantro and salt and mix together.  This can last for several days in the refrigerator.

Serves 4.

 

This is a nice recipe for summer heat with dryness and no damp.  It is cooling, moistening, and releases the exterior.  It is contraindicated for more pronounced damp signs or for spleen yang deficiency.