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5 Element Soup

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

5 element Soup


8 oz (260g) Burdock root – benefits the lung, helps disperse wind heat and sore throat

8 oz (260g) 260g Radish – sweet pungent and cold going to lung and LI to move qi, blood and unblock bowel.

8 oz (260g) 260g Carrot – sweet and goes to liver spleen lung and heart, to tonify qi and blood

8 oz (260g) 50g Radish leave – enters spleen and stomach, and lung. Its bitter and pungent nature promotes qi flow and digestion.

8 oz (260g) 2-3 Shitake Mushroom – goes to lung and spleen, boost qi, benefits liver protects body.

Serves 4:


  1. Clean all the above ingredient and cut into large pieces.
  2. Add in 6 cups water or broth (chicken, vegetable or beef) and bring to boil.
  3. Turn down heat and simmer for 1 hour.

This soup can clear heat, relieve toxin, nourish 5 organs, strengthen body.

Radish and Mutton Flank Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity

Radish and Mutton Flank Soup
Mutton Flank-1.5 lb. (warming to hot, sweet, sl. bitter, supplements KD and SP YANG)
Radish-the more, the better, but they can be very strong! (cool, acrid, very moving)
Ginger-4 slices (warming to hot, acrid, sl. sweet, loosens phlegm, esp. cold)
Green onion-2 (warming and acrid, opens ST and LU)
1. Wash, peel and rough chop radish.
2. Wash mutton flank, cut into 2″ cubes and put in boiling water for a couple of minutes to rinse. Remove and drain.
3. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 3 liters) and bring to a boil.
4. Remove foam, reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours with about 1/3 of the water left.
5. Add seasoning to serve. Eat content with soup as main course of meal.
6. Makes 2-3 servings
Benefit kidney and yang energy, clear toxic material and improve digestion, clear phlegm and stop cough, improve blood circulation and increase yang energy. Especially good for Cold syndrome with yang deficiency resulting in cough and phlegm.

Thai Style Cucumber Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation

Thai Style Cucumber Salad
By Kylie Roach

½ of a seedless English cucumber, sliced (do not peel for more medicinal effect)
3 radishes, chopped
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped finely
1 green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. Thai sweet chili spring roll sauce
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

Make the dressing first: combine spring roll sauce with vinegar and water and whisk together. Adjust the amount of spring roll sauce, vinegar and water to the taste you like. Once the dressing is ready stir in the cucumber, radish, cilantro and onion. Serve immediately or chill and serve the day it was made.

Cucumber: cool, sweet, bland and bitter (peel). Clears heat, quench thirst, treat jaundice, relieve irritability.

Radish: cool, pungent, sweet. Cuts mucus, treats food stagnation, detoxifies

Cilantro: slightly cool, neutral, pungent. Promotes sweating, regulates flow of Qi.

Green onion: hot, pungent. Induces sweating, anti-microbial, purges LV.

Sweet chili sauce: sweet, warm, sour.

Rice wine vinegar: warm, sour. Detoxifies, astringes, promotes movement of xue.

This dish is good for clearing stagnation of the LV. Pungent, sour and bitter flavors are known to clear stagnation from the LV and harmonize. The cool and pungent flavors here are used to clear heat caused from the stagnation. This dish is best when consumed in spring, the time of the LV, to purge the LV.