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Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand)

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Shen Calming, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand)
China

Treatment Principle: strengthens SP, promotes urination, drains Damp.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2/3 cup dried azuki beans
1/4 cup long-grain white rice
3/4 cup of white sugar

Soak the azuki beans overnight in 4 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low, cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add a further 4 cups of water and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 15 minutes. Add the rice and cook for another 15 minutes.

To test to see if they are ready, press one bean between the fingers. It should crush without any effort. If it is still hard, cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, then check again.
Add half of the sugar to the pan containing the beans and stir gently continuing to add more sugar until it is sweet to your taste. Simmer for a few minutes longer.

Serve hot.

Azuki Beans: sweet sour neutral HT SP SI
Actions: strengthens the SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

White Sugar: sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: moistens the LU, increases yin fluids, and benefits the SP.
Indications: dry cough, dry throat, thirst, dull abdominal pain.

White Rice: sweet neutral SP ST
Actions: strengthens the SP and ST, supplements qi.
Indications: SP and ST weakness, generalized weakness, reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting, post febrile yin damage, thirst and dry mouth.

Red Bean Sand (composite): sweet sour neutral LU HT SP ST SI
Actions: strengthens SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

Lotus root stew

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Spleen Damp, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

HT and SI Fire- Fire – nina gaglio

Serves 3 to 4

Lotus Root Stew

1 cup of white rice soaked over night

2 oz of fresh lotus root (sliced)

4 cups water

1 cup mung beans

pinch of salt and peper

Overall TCM Functions:

Clear fire from HT and SI harmonize middle jiao.

Rice- sweet, neutral, SP, ST. Supplements SP/ST, generates fluids.

Lotus Root- sweet, cool, astringent, HT, SP, KD. Stabilize and bind essence.

Mung Bean- sweet, cold, HT, ST, UB. Clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.

Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand aka Red Bean with Rice and Sugar)

Categories: Blood Stasis, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand)
China

Treatment Principle: strengthens SP, promotes urination, drains Damp.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2/3 cup dried azuki beans
1/4 cup long-grain white rice
3/4 cup of white sugar

Soak the azuki beans overnight in 4 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low, cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add a further 4 cups of water and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 15 minutes. Add the rice and cook for another 15 minutes.

To test to see if they are ready, press one bean between the fingers. It should crush without any effort. If it is still hard, cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, then check again.
Add half of the sugar to the pan containing the beans and stir gently continuing to add more sugar until it is sweet to your taste. Simmer for a few minutes longer.

Serve hot.

Azuki Beans: sweet sour neutral HT SP SI
Actions: strengthens the SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

White Sugar: sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: moistens the LU, increases yin fluids, and benefits the SP.
Indications: dry cough, dry throat, thirst, dull abdominal pain.

White Rice: sweet neutral SP ST
Actions: strengthens the SP and ST, supplements qi.
Indications: SP and ST weakness, generalized weakness, reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting, post febrile yin damage, thirst and dry mouth.

Red Bean Sand (composite): sweet sour neutral LU HT SP ST SI
Actions: strengthens SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

Cold Winter Congee

Categories: Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity

Cold Winter Congee

1 oz. astragalus root
1/2 cup long-grain white rice
8 cups of water or stock
12 black dates, soaked and pitted
1 large or 2 small carrots, diced
1 T fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. powdered cardamom seed

Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 to 2 hours until the congee is soft and the consistency of porridge. Remove the astragalus root. This congee can be served with a dash of cinnamon and a pat of butter.

Huang Qi: strengthens Wei Qi
Rice: sweet, neutral; Supplements SP/ST, generates and preserves body fluids
Black Dates: strengthen MJ, invigorate qi
Carrot: strengthen SP/Hrt, benefit the lung, drains damp
Ginger: hot, releases exterior, harmonizes MJ
Cinnamon: releases exterior, harmonizes MJ, strengthens wei qi
Cardamom: improves circulation in digestion and LU

Minty Peach and Jicama Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Minty Peach and Jicama Salad

2 cups water
1 cup white rice
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp raw honey
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 medium peaches, diced
2 cups diced jicama
1 cup fresh chopped mint

Cook rice in water. Mix lemon juice, oil, honey, salt, and pepper together to make a dressing. Add mint, peach, and jicama to cooked rice and toss. Pour dressing over salad. Serves 6. (Adapted from Cooking Light magazine).

White rice: sweet, cool; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, generates fluids, clears heat.
Peach: sweet, sl. sour; ST, L.I., LU. Lubricates LU, generates body fluids, clears heat.
Jicama: No info available. (I would venture to say is has a cool temp. and a moistening/heat-clearing quality).
Mint: acrid, aromatic, cool; LV, LU. Clears heat, moves LV qi.
Lemon: Sour, cool; ST, LV, LU. Generates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst.
Raw Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.

Overall, this recipe generates fluids, clears heat, harmonizes the middle burner, and regulates LV qi.
Contraindicated in those with severe cold or phlegm-damp conditions.