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December 27, 2008
May all the sweet magic Of Christmas conspire,
New is the year, new are the hopes and the aspirations,
new is the resolution, new are the spirits and forever my warm wishes are for u.
Have a promising and fulfilling new year.
Anna's Nature Regimen and Recipe Express
-- Keep your life close to the nature
China's five-thousand years of culture and history reserved precious regimen. I'm digging out and would like to share with you. So this website,including this e-zine is not only about Chinese recipes, it's more about healthy life style.
Visit our website: www.healthy-chinese-recipe.com
Table of Content:
a. Ginger Brown Sugar Tea
b. Soy Sauce with Tea
c. Clove with White Cardamom Seeds Soup
d. Ground Peppercorn and Ginger Porridge
In Western medicine, the nutrients that we need are sugar, fat, protein, water, trace element, vitamin, in which sugar, protein and fat are substances that provide us with energy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the substances that maintain our life activities are Jing(Essence), Qi, blood, body fluid.
Blood is vital to the maintenance of life, mainly composed of the nutrient Qi and body fluid.
The basic substance for producing blood is essence, including the congenital essence(kidney-essence) and the acquired essence (food nutrients). Thus deficiency of kidney essence will make it difficult to produce blood. Meanwhile, if the spleen and the stomach are normal in functions, they can absorb sufficient food nutrients to produce blood. If the spleen and stomach are weak in absorbing food nutrients, the production of blood is inevitably reduced.
The transformation of the essence into blood is in fact a process of Qi-transformation. The heart and the lung involve in such a process. The liver regulates Qi activity and influences Qi-transformation in the whole body with its dredging and dispersing function, also exerting certain effect on the production of blood.
The functions of blood are to nourish and moisten the body. Blood contains the nutrient Qi, so it can nourish all the organs in the body. Through the meridians, blood transports nutrient substances to all parts of the body to nourish the five Zang-organs, the six Fu-organs, the five constituents, the five sensory organs and the nine orifices. Blood contains fluid, so it can moisten the viscera and the body. When the fluid flows out of the vessels, it moistens the orifices and lubricate the joints.
Blood is the important material base for mental activities. If blood is sufficient, there will be sufficient vitality; if blood is deficient, there will be dispiritedness; if blood is in disturbance, there will be mental disorder. The deficiency of heart blood,or/and deficiency of liver blood will cause palpation, insomnia, and dreaminess, etc.
Blood is propelled by the heart to circulate in the vessels. Other internal organs are also involved in the circulation of blood, including the lung, the spleen and the liver.
The factor that directly acts on blood circulation is Qi. For instance, heart-Qi propels blood to circulate; lung-Qi assists the heart to propel blood circulation; spleen-Qi commands blood; liver-Qi regulates the circulation of blood by dredging and dispersing Qi. If heart-Qi is insufficient, blood will become too weak to circulate; if lung Qi is insufficient, there will be no opportunity for blood to disperse; if spleen-Qi is insufficient, it will be difficult for the spleen to command blood; if liver-Qi fails to dredge, it will lead to stagnation of Qi and stasis of blood. Qi is Yang, blood is Yin.
In last issue,I suggested that we should eat some foods which can supplement Blood and QI in winter, and introduced a recipe for self-made QI-Blood supplement paste. Here's some supplement explanation.
The biggest feature of TCM is holism. That means our diet should be made according to our own constitution, age, health conditions, living and working environment, etc. So you also should make your own supplement paste according to your own situation by adding or reducing material.
Taking my Mom and I as examples.
Our health condition:
Mom, very weak,with light hypertension,coronary artery disease,etc.
Me, in my golden age, basically healthy, a little Qi deficiency, a little afraid of cold.
At the beginning, Mom and I eat the same paste. Two weeks later, we had different result. Mom felt very well. Her complexion gets well. It seems she is lighting up. Before this, she was always pale, laziness.
For me, I had a little pimple on my skin. So I redid the paste. I didn't use Erjiao and rice wine, using black rice, black bean,black sesame seeds, Chinese date, longan, walnut. I even added some dried grape. The procedure is:
1.Soak black rice and black bean for one night. Grind into powder. Don't throw away the water used for soaking.
2.Grind all the above material(Chinese date needs to be remove kernel in advance)into powder.Put all the powders in the above water(which was used for soaking black rice and black bean)
3.Mix and stir well, place on the drawer of a steamer, steam for 1 hour.
I eat half a small bowl at breakfast.
I take black rice and black bean as main. Chinese date is warm in nature and is widely used in supplementing blood and Qi. So I add more Chinese date. I tend to have more bowel movement if eating too much black sesame seeds, so I add less black sesame seeds. The ratio of black rice,black bean,black sesame seeds, Chinese date, longan, walnut,dried grape are 3:3:1:2:1:1:1.
Thus,like me, you can also make Qi-Blood supplement paste according to your own health conditions by using these stuff.
a. Ginger Brown Sugar Tea
15g brown sugar
1. Cut ginger into threads, place in a heatproof cup,add in boiling water, cover for 5mins.
2. Add brown sugar, stir well, serve with warm.
Lie down to have rest after drink. There will be sweat coming out.
Remember, must drink with warm.
Suitable for cold,especially those who are aversion to cold. It can be used to prevent cold. If you go out side,catched by rain or snow,or feel cold, drink some hot Ginger Brown Sugar tea in time, you won't get cold.
b. Scallion White Porridge
60g white rice
5 flakes of ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1. Soak white rice in water for 30mins.(If you are in a rush,omit this step,but you have to cook longer time)
2. Add water in a pot, bring to a boil, add rice,continue to boil over low heat until thoroughly cooked(about 20mins).
3. Add ginger, scallion, vinegar, stir well, boil for additional 10mins.
4. Add soy sauce or salt to taste.
Serving Methods: Serve with warm until a little sweating.
c.Perilla Leaf Porridge
10g perilla leaves(Zi Su Ye in Chinese)
1. Clean rice, add water and rice in a cooker,cook into porridge.(about 30mins)
2. Add perilla leaf, continue to cook 10mins. Serve.
a. Mixed Hawthorn Tea
10g green tea
6g rose flower
3g tangerine peel
Put the above material in a big cup,add boiling wateri400ml), cover, marinate for 30mins. Drink as tea.
Suitable for Gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and food stagnation,etc.
9g green tea,
30ml soy sauce
add 200ml water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, add tea, soy sauce. Bring to a boil again.
Drink 2-3 times each day.
Suitable for acute gastroenteritis, food stagnation,and stomach distending pain.
15g clove,15g white cardamom seeds. Dry, grind into powder, mix well.
Serving Methods: 3 times a day, 5g(about a teaspoonjeach time. Serve with warm water.
Suitable for gastroenteritis due to cold-wetCvomit and diarrhea.
1. Grind peppercorn into powder. Cut ginger into threads.
2. Add water in a pot, bring to a boil. Add rice,peppercorn powder, ginger threads.
3. Continue to cook for 30mins over low heat. Add salt and sesame oil to taste.
Serving methods: Serve with warm, 1-2 times a day.
Suitable for spleen cold-deficiency, abdomen cold-pain, vomit due to stomach cold.
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