Mung Bean Noodles with Greens and Sesame Sauce
One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves food therapy, where different foods have different thermal effects on the body such as heating, cooling and neutral. You can then use these different foods to take care of your own health. For example, according to TCM, there are are skin conditions that may be caused by too much “heat”. Some people with these skin conditions will then benefit from eating more foods which have a “cooling” influence on the body.
This yummy dish contains “cooling” mung bean noodles, tofu, cucumber and watercress. The addition of slightly “warming” ginger and garlic also help with digestion.
Sesame paste and oil are deeply nourishing. They are packed with protein, magnesium and other nutrients, and add a wonderful depth of flavour to the dish.
Lactation cookies to increase breast milk production.
In Chinese medicine, breast milk closely resembles the qualities of blood for its nourishing and immune boosting properties. Since childbirth is an exhausting process that involves blood loss and a lot of exertion (loss of Qi Energy), it is not surprising that some women do not produce enough breast milk due to the blood loss experienced. Consulting a Chinese medicine practitioner during this time can be very beneficial because acupuncture and Chinese herbs are able to increase Qi energy levels, increase blood levels and increase breast milk production.
These lovely muesli-like cookies have the added benefit of increasing the production of breast milk – key ingredients are oats, brewer’s yeast and almonds.
Mung beans are high in protein and vitamin B and chock full of minerals. They are slightly sweet to taste and have a cooling effect on the body.
They are very helpful in the summer and autumn to help you eliminate internal toxins safely and naturally. This mung bean detox tea is particularly good for teenagers with acne and bloating (particularly women). It is commonly used to treat swelling, difficulty in urination, dry throat, constant thirst, hormonal and metabolic imbalances, skin problems and signs of ageing.
Unlike some diuretics this tea does not make you thirsty because it addresses the deficiency in your system and enables your body to get the fluid it needs into your system and eliminate it through the bladder.
You know how sometimes you can drink constantly but are still thirsty? That’s because the water isn’t being absorbed by your body. Mung bean detox tea addresses systemic deficiencies so that your body can access the fluid.
Bone broth is excellent for the winter as it supports and nourishes your kidneys.
The bones (particularly beef bones with marrow in them) contain minerals which are more easily absorbed. They support your adrenals and improve bone density and health and also help to balance the good micro-organisms in your gut.
If you are unable to get beef bones, chicken is your next choice. Lamb can also be used, just check with your Chinese Medicine practitioner that it’s not too warming for your body type.
Your kidneys regulate the health of your skin, hair, and nails. Stimulate them with this Chinese traditional breakfast porridge that can be made quickly and easily. After just 3 weeks you will notice white hair darkening and your grey hair changing back to its natural colour. The Chinese date, walnuts and black beans are the key to its effectiveness because they are powerful kidney rejuvenators.
Don’t forget to take photos before you start eating this regularly and note the improvements in your hair and nails over the coming weeks.