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Grilled Carrots

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Grilled Carrots

TCM: Move Liver qi

This recipe helps move liver qi and can help reduce inflammation. It is good for the eyes, especially if they are red. It will help with menstrual bleeding especially due to liver qi stagnation. The recipe is also beneficial for the lungs. Many of the foods go to the lungs and can benefit the skin as well relieve cough. Therefore this formula can also be in the metal category.


  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds large carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • turmeric
  • coriander
  • 1 lemon, optional
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped herbs mint



  1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium or medium-high.
  2. Toss carrots with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, about ½ teaspoon salt, turmeric and coriander.
  3. Spread carrots on hot grill surface and grill until the top surface looks a little blistered and the underside has nice grill marks, but are not burnt, about 4 minutes (adjust grill heat accordingly to slow down or speed up cooking time as needed).
  4. Turn and grill second side.


Carrots- Sweet, neutral;spleen, liver, lung, heart; Strengthens spleen and liver, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic drains damp, anti-inflammatory.

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Salt- Salty, cold; kidney; clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Turmeric- Acrid, bitter, warm; spleen, stomach and liver; quickens the blood and frees the flow of menstruation, moves the qi and stops pain, dispels wind dampness, treats blocked menstruation, painful menstruation, pain and swelling due to a trauma, epigastric and abdominal pain, pain due to wind damp.

Coriander- Pungent, slightly cool; lung and spleen; promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Lemon- Sweet, astringent, warm; lung, spleen, stomach, transforms phlegm and stops cough, engenders fluids and supplements the spleen, treats vexatious thirst, dry, painful throat, indigestion, and cough with profuse phlegm.

Mint- Acrid, cool; lung, liver; disperses wind-heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained liver qi to flow free, expels turbid filth.

Pork and Prune Tagine

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Mediterranean, Pork



  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-1/2 or 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin and turmeric
  • 1 organic lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c prunes, soaked in hot water until soft, 1 hour, and drained
  • ¼ c honey
  • 1 tbs orange flower water
  • ¼ c sliced almonds, toasted


1) Heat 2 tbs oil, med high, and brown pork, 10 min. Remove and pour off fat.

2) Add remaining 1 tbs oil, lower heat to medium, and add onion and garlic, 5 min. Add spices and stir for a few minutes.

3) Return pork to pan with 1 cup of water and the lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the pork is tender, 45 min – 1 hour. Add extra liquid if the stew becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Add prunes and honey and cook and additional 20-30 min. stir in the orange flower water.

5) Garnish with almonds and serve with couscous.


Jason Cox




Pork: slightly cold, sweet; moistens and nourishes organs

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, lubricates dryness

Onion: warm, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Cinnamon: hot, acrid, sweet

Dried ginger: hot, acrid

Cumin: warm, acrid

Turmeric: warm, acrid

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst, moves Qi

Prunes: warm, sweet, sour; consolidates Lung, moistens Intestines

Honey: warm, sweet; nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness

Orange water: cool, sweet, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst and moistens Lung, moves Qi

Almonds: neutral, sweet; lubricates Lung and Intestines

This recipe is used to produce and move fluids to lubricate the Metal portions of the body – the Lungs and Large Intestines. It can be used for conditions like chronic cough, chronic sinus or respiratory infection, and constipation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Build up of Damp in the Lungs or diarrhea


Curried Eggplant

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Lower Jiao Blood Stasis

Curried Eggplant
1 eggplant – Cool, moves blood
1 onion chopped- Warm, moves qi
1 cup of water
½ cup coconut milk – Warm, provides taste and ensures other ingredients are not drying.
1 tsp chopped ginger or .5 tsp. dried ginger -Warm, helps alleviate menstrual cramps.
1 tsp. chopped garlic- Warm, moves qi
.5 tsp. turmeric (or to taste),- Warm, moves blood, excellent herb for menstruation
.5 tsp cumin (or to taste),- Warm, helps move qi
1 tbsp. olive oil or ghee For flavor
1 tsp. salt (or to taste) For Flavor
Warm olive oil or ghee on medium heat in a pot. Add garlic, ginger and onion. Cook for a few minutes or until slightly soft. Add eggplant. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of water, put lid on pot. Cook until eggplant is soft and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes, add more water if necessary. Stir in turmeric, cumin, and salt. Turn off heat. Add coconut milk. Serve with brown rice or quinoa. For 3 servings
In Chinese medicine, eggplant is sweet and cool but it moves blood. Therefore, it is a nice food to eat during menstruation.
This recipe has a blood moving affect and can help to alleviate symptoms of dysmenorrhea. Contraindicated during pregnancy or heavy menstrual bleeding.

Spinach Paneer To Moisten Dryness

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity

Erika Anderson
Spinach Paneer To Moisten Dryness
Makes 5 Servings

1 lb. Spinach ST, LI Cold Sweet Moistens dryness, Clears heat, stops bleeding.
1 Small Onion, LU, LI, ST Cold Sweet, Sour Tonifies Qi and Blood, Clears Heat, Transform Damp
Cut into Quarters
1 Tsp. Ginger LU, SP, ST Warm Pungent Disperse Exterior, Warms MJ and Lungs
½ Tsp. Tumeric Cool
1 Tsp. Salt Cold Salty
½ Tsp. Cayenne Warm Pungent
1 Cup Paneer Cubes LU, SP, ST,Neutral Sweet Moistens Dryness Supplements Qi and Blood,
1 tsp. Vegetable Oil Moistens Dryness
½ tsp Cumin

1 Cup of Water


Moistens Dryness

1) In a Heavy Skillet, Mix spinach, onion, ginger, salt, cayenne pepper and ½ cup water.
2) Bring to a boil, reduce heat cover with a lid and steam for 5 minutes or until greens are soft. Set aside to cool.
3) Separate onions and chop.
4) Add onions and spinach to the blender and coarsely grind.
5) Return to the skillet and stir in remaining water. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat until spinach is simmering. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.
6) Remove spinach from heat, add Paneer and stir. Cover with lid and return to the stove. Continue to simmer 8 minutes.
7) In a separate frying pan heat oil over medium heat, add cumin and cook for a few seconds until seeds turn golden brown.
8) Add Cumin and Oil to the spinach and stir and then cover with the lid
9) Serve with Rice

Cleansing Rash – Rice Dish

Categories: Gluten-free, Rice and Grains, Skin Problems, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Toxic Heat in the Blood, Vegan, Vegetarian


Cleansing Rash – Rice Dish

1-2 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, fenugreek and turmeric (you can
get these bulk at Whole Foods for cheap)
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or mashed
1 large bay leaf
1 celery stalk, diced

1 small handful of cilantro chopped
1-2 cups mung beans (presoaked over night–read below for tips on cooking dried beans)
1 bunch kale, immersed and swished in water to remove grit, then thinly sliced
1 cup brown rice, cooked separately according to package directions

Fry the spices over medium heat in just a few teapoons of olive oil then add the celery and mung beans, covering with water plus a couple inches extra. Cover and keep at a low boil until the mung beans are soft (about 45 minutes, but if you use presoaked beans maybe shorter time till cooked).

Add the cooked rice and kale and simmer until the kale turns bright green. Salt and pepper to taste.

Mitch Harris


The brown rice, and all strengthen the digestive qi to boost immune system, while the spices serve to boost digestive enzyme activity helping you better absorb nutrients. The kale will help support your blood. The mung beans, cilantro and celery will help clear the heat and inflammation to help the rash.

Hope it turns out well~

on angiogenesis

Categories: Articles, Western Medicine

A few months ago I came across a TED Talk given by Dr William Li, of the Angiogenesis Foundation. He talks about a “diet to starve cancer” by blocking angiogenesis.

Well, what exactly is angiogenesis? Simply put, it is the creation of new blood vessels within the body. This can be a good thing in the case of deep wounds, strokes, or arterial damage; when it goes wrong we see inflammatory conditions like endometriosis, arthritis, psoriasis, pulmonary fibrosis, even cancer and Alzheimer’s. Anti-angiogenic substances block the formation of blood vessels to abnormal tissues so that they die off and are digested by the body. Read on here for more information.

After watching this video, I started to follow the Foundation on Twitter. They regularly post new research on both foods and medicines that are antiangiogenic. I’ve been fascinated by the correlations between their findings and what I have learned so far about Chinese herbal therapy.

One of the most-researched substances right now is curcumin, the active constituent in turmeric. It treats heart disease, kills esophageal cancer cells, helps the body fight tuberculosis, dissolves endometriosis, reduces inflammation in arthritis

Of course, turmeric has a long history of treating these conditions, both in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The three forms used in Chinese medicine- jiang huang, yu jin, and e zhu- are specifically indicated for “accumulations” such as tumors, cysts, abnormal uterine tissue growth and for “static blood” causing pain and obstruction in the heart and chest (Bensky 609-13, 631-2).

Another recent study appears to show that cinnamon extract mediated blood vessel formation to tumors. Cinnamon twig, one of the first medicinals we learned in Herbs 1, is traditionally used to remove obstruction from the network vessels (Bensky 9).

Seaweed, used both as food and medicine, has been used for centuries to treat “phlegm nodules” such as scrofula and goiter. It also appears to prevent the growth of lymphoma.

In the TED talk I mentioned earlier, Dr Li shared a list of foods that are antiangiogenic, among them blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, red grapes, dark chocolate, cherries, and kale. These foods are all traditionally used in Chinese dietary therapy to “strengthen and invigorate” the qi and blood.

Keeping up with research like this is a truly valuable way to maintain our credibility as practitioners. Being able to talk about the antiangiogenic properties of turmeric with a straight face doesn’t just make you seem smart; it provides us with the knowledge that our medicine is valid and real and not just a placebo effect.

A friend of mine recently told me that she has adopted an antiangiogenic diet because breast cancer runs in her family. In a time when carcinogenic factors can be found in our water, soil, and air, carefully choosing what we put into our bodies may be the best defence.


Bensky, Dan et al. Materia Medica. 3rd ed. Seattle: Eastland Press, 2004.

all internet sources are cited via hyperlink.


Categories: Asian, Cold Congealing Blood in the Uterus, Diarrhea, Legumes, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi, Vegetables


2 T organic butter or vegan butter substitute (preferably the flax-based type)

1 large purple onion, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, pounded to a paste or minced

2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp dried ginger powder

2 large unbroken bay leaves

1 tsp each cumin and fenugreek seeds, powdered

1 tsp turmeric root, powdered

1 large sweet potato or yam, diced

2 cups dried red lentils

water to cover

1 large ripe tomato, chopped

salt or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to taste


  • Heat a heavy-bottomed pot, using a pressure cooker if available over a medium flame and melt the butter. Add the onions and bay leaves, stirring frequently until the onion begins to brown, then add thegarlic, ginger, and spices, stirring to prevent sticking, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potato and lentils and pour in sufficient water to cover by at least one inch. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for approximately one hour until the lentils are soft. Puree if desired. If using a pressure cooker, close the lid and allow to boil until the pressure sensor goes off, then lower heat and cook for 20 minutes.Top with fresh tomatoes. Makes approximately 4 2-cup servings.


onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric and bay are warm and acrid and move Liver qi and blood; they also prevent gas during digestion of the legumes.

butter is warm and sweet and also reduces stagnant blood.

ginger and fenugreek are warm and strengthen the yang of the kidneys and spleen and stop
abdominal pain.

lentils are sweet and neutral and strengthen the essential qi of the kidney, and are rich in iron and B vitamins.

sweet potato is sweet and strengthens the qi overall, especially of the spleen, as well as the yin of the kidneys. they balance estrogen levels and are rich in vitamin A.

tomatoes are sweet, sour, and cooling. they nourish yin and generate stomach fluids and purify the liver;
they are rich in lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant.