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I Don’t Want No Damp Heat, A recipe to help ease diarrhea caused by d-h in the L.I.

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat

I Don’t Want No Damp-Heat:
A recipe to help ease diarrhea caused by d-h in the L.I.
By Katie Fritz

1 c. mung beans, soaked overnight in water
1 c. amaranth
4 c. vegetable broth
1 small honeydew melon, peeled & chopped, seeds removed. Pureed in the blender
1/2 c. bamboo shoots
1/2 c. lotus root, chopped to your liking
1/2 c. button mushrooms, stems removed & chopped to your liking
Salt to taste

Place mung beans, amaranth & bamboo shoots in a slow cooker & cover w/ 4 cups of vegetable broth. Add a salt & pepper to taste.

Puree honeydew melon in your blender & add it to slow cooker just before the dish is done. Allow soup to warm up.

Upon serving the soup, place chopped spinach on top & allow it to wilt.

Serves: 4 people

TCM analysis:
Mung beans – v. cool & sweet: clears heat, detoxifies, counteracts toxins, quenches thirst
Amaranth – sweet, bitter, warm: tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens SP, reduces dampness
Broth – warm & supplementing
Honeydew – cool & sweet: cools heat
Bamboo shoots – cool & sweet: strengthens ST, relieves food retention, resolves mucus
Lotus root – cool & sweet: very healing, clears heat, relieves irritability, strengthens ST, cools blood
Button mushroom – sl cool & sweet: detoxifies, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm
Salt – cooling, salty: anti-inflammatory, softens

The overall gist of this recipe is to clear heat from the L.I. and resolve dampness. The mung beans, melon, bamboo shoots, lotus root & mushrooms serve to cool the heat in the LI, while the broth warms & supplements the MJ. Amaranth is also warm & bitter to nourish & reduce dampness. The salt is added for taste & its anti-inflammatory action in the body.

Lentils with Brown Rice

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Lentils with Brown Rice

3 tbs of water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped up mushrooms
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 cup lentils
1 8 or 10 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups veggie stock
2 c water
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
Crumbles of goat cheese (optional)

1 cup brown rice (shortgrain)

chopped parsley to taste – 2 tsp at least; I like about 1/3 cup.

Serves 4-6

Rice Cooker:
Put the onion into the rice cooker with the sherry or stock, and turn on the machine. Let the onion saute, as you chop and add the garlic, mushrooms, and carrot. Give the pot a quick stir as you add each
veggie. Add water if the vegetables start to stick, add the lentils, rice, liquids, basil, and oregano. Cover, let it cook, and allow recipe to stand about 10 minutes when the cooker shuts off. Stir in the parsley and serve. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

Saute the veggies, add everything but the parsley, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 40-45 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in parsley. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

TCM breakdown:
Onion: Pungent, neutral; Clears heat and relieves toxicity, Transforms phlegm and damp, Kills parasites, Lowers BP and cholesterol
Garlic: Hot, acrid; Promotes sweating, Resolves phlegm, regulates qi, Reduces toxins
Mushrooms: Sweet, cool; Supplements SP and ST, Rectifies qi, Transforms phlegm, Boosts wei qi
Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and HRT, Nourishes and soothes LV, Benefits LU, Diuretic and drains damp, Anti-inflammatory
Lentils: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and Harmonizes MJ
Tomato Sauce: Sweet, sour, cold; Promotes fluids, Clears heat, Promotes Urination, Supplements KD
Basil: Pungent, warm; Diaphoretic, Harmonizes ST, Counteracts seafood poisoning
Parsley: Pungent. Bitter, slightly warm; Improves digestion, Detoxifies meat or fish poisoning, vents measles.
Brown Rice: Sweet, Warm; Stops sweating
Goat Cheese: Sweet, neutral; Supplements qi, Nourishes blood, Moistens dryness


Quinoa Chard Pilaf

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Quinoa Chard Pilaf

1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1-1/2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup canned lentils, rinsed
1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Mix in quinoa, lentils, and mushrooms. Pour in the broth. Cover, and cook 20 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat. Shred chard, and gently mix into the pot. Cover, and allow to sit 5 minutes, or until chard is wilted.

Serves 4
Onion: clear heat, relieves toxicity; transforms phlegm and damp
Garlic: hot, acrid; anti-bac, anti-viral, anti-fungal
Quinoa: Strengthens entire body, tonifies qi, warms yang
Lentils: sweet, neutral; strengthens SP, harmonizes MJ, clears summer heat
Mushrooms: supplements SP and ST, rectifies qi, transforms phlegm
Chard: neutral, sweet; clears heat, detoxifies blood

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Categories: Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Liver Blood Stasis, Toxic Heat in the Blood

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Serves 4
4 ½ cups chopped mushrooms
4 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves
3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine
3 cups chicken stock
1 – 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ – 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
celery leaves, to garnish

Place mushrooms, celery, and garlic in a pan and stir in the sherry or wine. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Add half the stock and puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return to the pan and ad the remaining stock, the Worcestershire sauce, ands nutmeg.

Bring to a boil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with celery leaves.

Celery — sweet, bitter, cold; LV, ST; Clears heat, tonifies KD, strengthens SP/ST, lowers BP, benefits xue, calms LV & shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp, transforms phlegm; treats hypertension, insomnia, edema (swelling), diabetes, cough, ST fire, Lin syndrome.

Mushroom (white) – cool, sweet; clears summer heat, lowers BP, anti-tumor, detoxifies; treats hypertension, summer irritability and other summer heat problems, tumors; CI: white mushrooms should not be used by those with skin problems, allergies or a cold ST.

Garlic – hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antifungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food or blood, reduces abscesses, warms yang, dispels cold; combats cancer, high blood cholesterol, infections, diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting and coughing of xue.

Dry sherry or white wine — warm, pungent, sweet; promotes circulation, enhances the effect of circulatory herbs; treats arthritis, traumas, bruises, painful conditions.

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

Overall this recipe pretty well-balanced in warming and cooling effects. It looks like it treats conditions in western medicine that, in eastern medicine, we consider having to do with toxic heat and phlegm (cancer, high blood cholesterol, tumors, high blood pressure). So for this reason, I am categorizing this as a WOOD IMBALANCE – LV xue stasis with phlegm and LV/GB damp-heat.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Hungarian Mushroom Soup
by Cheryl Kujawinski

2 tablespoons of butter
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces of mushrooms, cut into large chunks
2 teaspoons of fresh dill, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons of tamari sauce
2 cups of vegetable stock, or 2 cups of water + 1 teaspoon of celery seed
3/4 cup of yogurt
1/4 cup of buttermilk
2 heaping tablespoons of wheat flour
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
juice from one lemon
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of parsley, chopped

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. When hot, add the onions and saute for approximately 5 – 7 minutes or until softened and translucent. Raise the heat slightly, add the mushrooms and saute for another 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked and just begin to release their juices. Add the dill, paprika, tamari, stock or water and red chili. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 12 – 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, buttermilk, and flour. Stir the yogurt mixture into the pot. Cover and cook gently for another 12 – 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and parsley.

Garnish with chopped dill, parsley and a sprinkle of paprika.
Serves 4 -6.

TCM Breakdown-

Mushrooms-Cool, sweet, SP/ST, clear heat and toxicity, strengthens Qi, boosts Wei Qi, lowers cholesterol
Onions-Warm, Acrid, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi, reduces toxins
Buckwheat-Cool, Sweet, descends Qi, alleviates wind headaches, strengthens ST, lowers blood pressure, strengthens blood vessels
Lemon-Cool, sour, regenerates body fluids, regulates Qi, quenches thirst, treats sore throats, treats hypertension, harmonizes ST
Wheat-Sweet, Sl. Cool, SP/HT/KD, supplements Qi, nourishes HT, calms shen, reduce thirst, clear heat, promote diuresis, stops sweating
Over all, this recipe has the ability to anchor the Liver Qi, while boosting the Spleen and Stomach to prevent Liver over acting on Spleen.
Buttermilk / sour cream / yogurt: strong nourishing to qi and blood; counteracted by the onions which move qi.

Mushroom Millet Casserole for cooling

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

David Hatfield

Mushroom Millet Casserole for cooling


4. cups cooked millet
Sauce: 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
½ onion finely chopped
1/4 lb of mushrooms
1 teaspoon oil (optional)
I 1/2 – 2 cups of water
2-3 tablespoons soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350 F
Place millet in an oiled casserole dish
Sautee onions/mushrooms until soft
Add flour and coat vegetables well
Add water. Stirring constantly to keep from clumping
Bring almost to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes
Add soy sauce, cover and simmer for 10 minutes
Poke holes in the millet so that the sauce can be absorbed
Pour sauce over the millet and bake for 20 minutes
Serve hot or cold

Millet: Qualities:”Queen of the Grains” sweet, slightly salty, cool SP/ST/KD
Cooling and strengthens Kidneys. Builds fluids.
Good for fighting against bacterial growth, Millet is one of the best grains for anti-fungal purposes. Can be used for diarrhea.
Cautions: Not recommended for cases of weak digestion

Mushroom regular: cooling food that reduces heat signs. (Sweet cool SP/ST)

Mushroom Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, High blood pressure, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat

Mushroom Soup
Mushroom-6 to 8 (cooling, sweet, cools blood and heat)
Lean pork-120gm (Cooling, sweet, supplements blood and yin)
Job’s tears (yi yi ren)-16gm (sweet, bland, sl. cold, leaches out damp and clears heat, strengthens the SP)
Chinese yam (Shan Yao)-12gm (sweet, neutral, tonifies SP)
1. Rinse mushroom and soak in cold water for 2 hours until soft. Change water a couple of times.
2. Wash pork and cut into big pieces. Rinse herbs.
3. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 2 liters) and bring to a boil. Remove foam, reduce heat and cook for 2 hours with about 2 cups of soup left.
4. Eat mushroom with soup.
Promote diuresis to relieve dampness, clear heat, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss.
Take this soup regularly with meal for best result.

Millet Patties with Mushroom Gravy

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Millet Patties with Mushroom Gravy
By Sasha Hanning

• 1 cups millet (washed)
• 1 cup garbanzo beans (1 cup corn, squash- be creative)
• 4 cups water
• 1 medium onion- chopped

• Put everything into a pot
• Bring to a boil without a cover
• Add salt, turn down to simmer and cover for 20 minutes
• Stir, and cool- put in fridge till cold (1 hour- over night)

To make patties take the cold millet/beans and combine with 2 Tablespoons flour (rice or starch) —makes 8 patties

• Combine into a texture that is neither too dry nor too wet, and mold the patties into round and flat “burger†shapes until it holds together
• Dust each side with a bit of flour
• Pour virgin sesame oil into a frying pan (enough to cover the bottom) and fry both sides of the patties until golden brown

Mushroom Gravy Ingredients (makes 8 oz)
• 1 cup scallions diced
• 1 cup mushrooms (sliced)
• 1 cup water
• 1 TBS flour (or Kudzu)
• 2 tsp Soy Sauce (or Tamari- shoyu)
• Sesame oil

• Pour some sesame oil into a pan and sauté the scallions and mushrooms until soft and golden
• Add the soy sauce and cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat
• Dilute the flour with a little bit of water first and then add the rest of the cup of water while stirring
• Add the water and kudzu to the leeks and mushrooms, bring to a boil while still stirring
• As you are stirring and the water comes to a boil, the gravy will thicken
• When the gravy has reached the desired consistency, adjust the seasoning by adding whatever spice or flavoring you would like to add

TCM Breakdown
Spleen/Stomach Disharmony

Millet- SP/ST/KD- harmonizes the middle jiao, drains damp heat, moistens dryness, supplements the kidney, astringes the stomach and intestines, clears heat
Garbanzo Beans — SP/ST/HT — strengthens spleen, Tonifies qi, calms spirit, clears dampness, promotes bowel movement, good source of protein, iron and unsaturated fat
Green Onion- LU/LI- release exterior wind cold, invigorates blood, drains damp, antiviral, antibacterial
Onion- LU/ST- clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm and damp, diuretic
Mushroom- SP/ST — Supplement spleen and stomach, rectifies qi, transforms phlegm, boosts wei qi, detoxifies, improves appetite, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm
Soy Sauce — SP/ST/KD — harmonize the middle jiao, clears heat

If one wants to tonify lung and clear phlegm can add daikon radish or use chen pi in the stock

Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Gluten-free, Lung Phlegm Cold, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs


Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Here is a variation as many people don’t know what chinese dates are or where to get them….just use mushrooms instead….almost any kind will work to boost immune system (LU/KD)

6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of sliced button or shitake mushroom

Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced mushroom pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.  Eat the ingredients if possible but not necessary

Serves: 3

Mitchell Harris L.Ac, MSTOM said:

Ginger-Scallion-Date Tea6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of black date (da zao)
Serves: 3
Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced date pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.

Pork Jiao Zi Dumplings

Categories: Appetizers, Asian, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Dryness, Pork, Summerheat


Chinese Dumplings

1 large or 2 small zucchini, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, diced
1 green onion, cut fine, include the tops (leeks)
1-2 tsp grated ginger
toasted sesame oil
½ pound ground pork
Salt & pepper to taste
Wonton wrappers
Dipping Sauce
White Rice Vinegar
Toasted Sesame Oil
Minced Garlic (to taste)
In a pan, brown ground pork in small amount of sesame oil and a little salt and
pepper. Add zucchini, mushrooms and ginger. Cook until veggies have
expressed water but are not mushy. Remove excess water. Add green onion and
leeks. Cook mixture a bit longer to soften onion slightly. Remove any more
water from pan.
Spoon a small amount (approx. 1 Tbsp) of mixture onto center of wonton
wrapper. Fold wonton wrap, brush with water and press to seal. Set aside on
waxed paper or a plate or tray (anything but paper). Be very careful during this
process to keep wontons as dry as possible.
When wontons are ready, transfer to cook in boiling water. Wontons are
finished cooking when they float. Remove and place into dish. Dip in sauce or
spoon sauce over dumplings. Top with sesame seed or gomasio.

By Jen Drews
TCM Analysis
Salt — cooling, descending, KD; simultaneously softens and tightens
Pepper– warming, LU, stimulates warming flow in body, diaphoretic, protects
from EPI, counters food poisoning and indigestion
Zucchini — cool, LU, overcomes summerheat, diuretic (especially with skin on)
CAUTION  can diminish MJ energy needed for digestion
Mushroom — cooling, sweet, aids in elimination of mucus from LU, antibiotic
properties, increases WBC and therefore immunity, promotes appetite
Green Onion– decreases blood pressure and cholesterol
Leeks — acrid, sour/astringent, LV; counteracts bleeding and diarrhea
Ginger — Acrid, Warm; LU, SP, ST, releases exterior, warms the MJ, disperses LU
cold, adjusts ying and wei, reduces toxicity from other herbs
Pork — neutral, sweet, salty; KD, SP, ST, moistens dryness, nourishes yin
White Wine Vinegar — sour, bitter; LV, warming, coursing, astringent
Garlic — Acrid, warm, LI, LU, SP, ST; acrid/pungent, promotes circulation and
sweating, moves static blood and food, protects against EPI, eliminates worms,
bad bacteria, yeasts. Used for anything and everything.

Overall Analysis
This recipe includes a variety of flavors and is therefore quite versatile. The
most outstanding aspect of this recipe is that is very oriented to the LU and
exterior. The antibiotic and protective aspects of the dish make it ideal for
change of season illnesses. It can easily be altered to target more specific
diseases, like deeper yin vacuity, summerheat, or yang vacuity.