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Calm Mover

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Calm Mover

¼ C Longan Fruit (dried)
2 Carrots
1 Bottle Wine

Open the wine bottle.

Cut the carrots lengthwise (just the right size to squeeze through the neck of the wine bottle.

Squeeze the carrot pieces and Longan Fruit into the neck of the wine bottle.

Re-cork and let sit for about 3 months. Shake lightly periodically (every week or so).

Serve for guests or when you need to kick back n’ relax!

TCM Analysis
Longan: Sweet, Warm; HT, SP; Nourish Qi and blood, Calm the shen, Strengthen SP and ST; General xu, HT and SP xu, Yin and fluid xu
Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; SP, LV, LU, HT; Strengthen SP and HT, Nourishes and soothes the LV; Qi and blood xu, Dry skin and poor vision
Wine: Pungent, Sweet, Warm; ST, LV, HT; Expels cold, Invigorates blood, Stops pain; Trauma and injury, Prevents HT disease

Overall Intended Actions
Calm the shen, nourish Qi and blood, stop pain (physical and mental), and warm what is cold. The wine in this recipe is going to be the prime mover followed by the Longan Fruit with its warmth.

Raspberry Soup

Categories: Gluten-free, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Raw, Soup, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity


Raspberry Soup

4 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 cup sour cream

1. Place raspberries, sugar, and wine in blender. Cover and blend until smooth.
2. Pour raspberry mixture into bowl, stir in sour cream. Cover and refrigerate 1/2 hours or until cold.
3. Serve topped wit dollop of additional sour cream and raspberries.

Serves 6

by Ellee Carlson

Raspberries are warm, sweet, and sour. They tonify the LV/KD and control urination and benefit jing. Red wine benefits the yang. Sugar is nourishing. This recipe can benefit urination and kidneys

Cold Sour Cherry Soup

Categories: Blood Stasis, Blood Vacuity, Qi Stagnation, Qi Vacuity, Soup, Vegetarian


Cold Sour Cherry Soup

Serves 6

3 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups pitted sour cherries
1 tablespoon arrowroot
¼ cup heavy cream, chilled
¾ cup dry red wine, chilled

Combine the water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil and add the cherries. Partially cover and simmer over low heat for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.

Mix the arrowroot and two tablespoons of cold water into a paste, then beat into the cherry soup. Stirring constantly, bring the soup almost to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer about 2 minutes until clear and slightly thickened. Pour into a shallow bowl and refrigerate until chilled. Before serving stir in the cream and wine.

by Roger M. Rutz


Cherries: sweet warm SP KI UB
Actions: strengthens SP and ST, tonifies KI, nourishes Blood.
Indications: general qi deficiency, damp cold bi, blood deficiency, anemia.


Categories: Articles, Beverages, Food Education, Kidney Stones, Research Studies

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Kidney stones are common, painful and expensive to treat. It is estimated that about three people in every 100 in the UK will suffer from them.

And Koo Stark, former girlfriend of Prince Andrew and herself a sufferer, recently revealed in ‘Hello’ magazine that the condition will prevent her having the home birth she would have preferred for the baby she is carrying.

But according to a new report drinking plenty of coffee, tea, beer or wine could reduce the risk of getting a kidney stone while apple juice and grapefruit juice could, however, increase the risk.

The finding comes from a six-year survey of more than 45,000 American men, aged 40 to 75, by a team from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA. The survey is part of a long-term study of cancer, heart and other diseases in which more than 50,000 health professionals are taking part.

Their drinking habits, with 21 different beverages from water to hard spirits, were compared with the development of 753 kidney stones among the men, none of whom had had one before.

After allowing for other effects, including other elements of the diet, the Harvard team put the decrease in risk at 10% for each 240ml (just over one and half cups) of coffee a day and 14% for tea. The same amount of beer (under half a pint) gave a reduced risk of 21% and of wine 39%. The risk increased by 35% for each 240ml of apple juice, and 37% for 240ml of grapefruit juice.

While the survey was on men over 40 who had not had a stone there was no reason to believe the findings would be any different for women, younger men or men who had already had kidney stones containing calcium oxalate.

The Harvard team suggest that caffeine interferes with the action of a urine-reducing hormone on the kidneys, while alcohol slows production of the hormone, resulting in more and weaker urine with less chance of crystals forming. More research is needed, they say.

Patients are usually advised to drink a lot to increase the volume of their urine, but this does not always work in preventing another stone. It would seem that what people drink could be as important as how much they drink.

Note to Editors:

Known medically as calculi, kidney stones may be formed due to an infection in the urinary tract or from an excess of salts in the bloodstream which crystallise in the urine. Stones which remain in the kidney may cause no discomfort but even a small stone on the move to the bladder can cause excruciating pain by tearing the lining of the urinary tract.

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photo by: Moyan_Brenn

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. Bible: I Timothy

Categories: Articles

According to Bensky steeping medicinal substances in wine is one of the more ancient forms of medicinal preparation in China. Wine is thought to possess nourishing, blood invigorating, channel unblocking properties, as well as a longer shelf life.