Apple (Ping Guo 苹果)

AppleSweet and slightly sour taste and cool thermal nature. Acts on Spleen, Stomach, and Lung meridians.

Active compounds:

Apple is filled with phytonutrients that functions as antioxidants, supporting heart health and helping to prevent a host of diseases, also have shown to help lower levels of C-reactive protein. Contains malic acid, quince acid, quercetin (is a type of plant-based chemical, or phytochemical, known as flavonoid), and tartaric acid, which has anti-inflammatory effect, vitamin C, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. Apple is filled with phytonutrients that functions as antioxidants, supporting heart health and helping to prevent a host of diseases.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Tonify Spleen, stops diarrhea. Indigestion with poor appetite, diarrhea due to Spleen-Yin Deficiency
  • One of the few food associated with killing breast cancer without harming normal breast cells, according to new study. Scientists attribute this to the flavonoid fisetin, present in several fruits and vegetables but in persimmon specifically.
  • Helps eradicate colon and prostate cancer cells due to a significant contributor flavonoid fisetin.
  • Promotes regeneration of Body-Fluid, quench thirst, clear Heat, relieve restlessness, fever, thirst due to consumption of Stomach-Yin by Heat, excessive alcohol consumption.  Eat raw. Cook with pears and sugar to make a thick soup
  • Helps the body develop resistance against infections. Drink fresh apple juice, and eat powder dry apples with sugar.

Directions: Eat raw, on their own, as applesauce, baked, sliced with nut butter. Make a smoothie, decoct. Make into a jelly. The most beneficial substances of the apple are found in the peel.

From The Tao of Tummy © book

About Dao of Tummy

Elisabete Alves de Souza, DOM, has over two decades of clinical experience. She is part of a Daoist lineage that focuses on achieving more significant states of health. Dr. de Souza has drawn from many studies in Brazil, California, New York, Chicago, and more to create her innovative nutrition treatments. She treats different conditions and symptoms in a nonaggressive way, transforming and fortifying your health with her unique knowledge and technique.
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