Artichoke leaves (Jú yù yè 菊芋叶)

ArtichokeSweet flavor and warm thermal nature. Acts on Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, and Stomach and meridians.

Active compounds:

The liver is a remarkable organ and is the central chemical laboratory in the body. Everyday we introduce new toxins in our body, and it’s more important than ever to make sure our livers are working properly and healthy. Artichoke’s antioxidant capacity is one of the highest reported in vegetables. Artichoke leaf contains caffeic acid derivatives, most notably cynarine. Cynarine is a chemical constituent in Cynara. The majority of the cynarine found in artichoke is located in the pulp of the leaves. It inhibits taste receptors, making water (and other foods and drinks) seem sweet. The leaf also contains rutin, a flavonoid closely related to the antioxidant quercetin. Other compounds found in the leaf include sesquiterpene lactones, such as naropicrin, cynaropicrin and cynaratriol.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Promote digestion, stops vomiting and lessens abdominal pain associated with dyspepsia (indigestion).The leaf extract has proved to be helpful for patients with functional dyspepsia and may ameliorate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
  • For Liver and Gallbladder and Kidney function complaints. It has been shown in placebo-controlled studies to stimulate bile, helping on hepatic and gallbladder function raising the ratio of HDL and LDL. Artichoke extracts are used to decrease cholesterol and triglyceride level
  • The cynarine found in artichoke has been found to stimulate bile secretion as well as lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Artichoke also has some antioxidant activity
  • The extract from the leaves are taken to reduce nausea

Directions: For rheumatic conditions, digestive weakness, and obesity eat in small doses before meals. One small glass of artichoke juice is recommended to be drunk beforebreakfast and lunch. It is a treatment indicated for constipated people. It is a draining treatment in case of constipation, without aggressing the liver.

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Fruit Salad with Apricot (Shuǐguǒ shālā xìngzi 水果沙拉杏子 )

apricot salad1 cup chopped fresh apricots
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup sliced fresh kiwi fruit
1 cup diced pineapple
1 cup sliced oranges
Chopped fresh mint
Combine all fruits in a large bowl. Sprinkle mint evenly over the fruit and mix well. .

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Apricot (Xing 杏)

apricotSweet taste and neutral thermal nature. Acts on Lung, Large Intestine, and Spleen meridians.

Active compounds:

Contains vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium, ß-carotene. Apricots have more carotenoids than any other food. One handful of apricots contains 100 percent of the daily recommended allowance ß-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent plaque buildup in the arteries.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Moistens the lungs, dissolving phlegm, and stopping cough and asthma. Cough due to dryness of the lung. Prolonged cough or asthma due to deficiency disease: Grind with walnuts, decoct into tea and take with honey.
  • Moistens the intestines, relaxing the stools. For dry stool or constipation due to dryness of the intestines, eat raw or mix together with 15 g Xing Ren with 30 g cooked rice then add sugar. Chopped it, and mix until smooth to a cream. Eat a small portion twice a day for constipation.

Directions: Eat fresh raw apricot on their own, dried, or with mixed nuts. Mixed with yogurt or cottage cheese In a fruit salad.

Precautions: Do not overeat. Too many may damage spleen and stomach. Do not use if symptoms show constipation due to intestine dryness, cough and asthma due to asthenic disease.

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Vinegar Egg Wine (Cù dàn pútáojiǔ 醋蛋葡萄酒 )

vinegarIndication: chronic cough, asthma

120 cc of aged rice vinegar heated in medium flame until boil. Pour one egg white slowly into the hot vinegar. Add salt to taste. The portion can be divided into several serving per day. Best to eat for 3 to 7 days.

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Apple Cider Vinegar (Cu 苹果醋)

appleSour and bitter flavor, and warm thermal nature, acting on Liver, Stomach meridians.

Active compounds:

Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber similar to the fiber that is the oat bran. Apple cider is an acid, which assists in the digestion of protein, which in turn is needed for the production of insulin. Insulin is necessary for converting glucose to energy – the energy required to maintain an active, fat burning metabolism. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar improves the absorption of iron from food, which is responsible for attracting the oxygen essential for burning energy in the body, increasing in this way, the energy consumption in the body making it a supportive food for weight loss.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Aids digestion, helping on gradual weight loss. For indigestion crush a small piece of Sheng Jiang (fresh ginger), and mix with 1 cup of vinegar. Add vinegar to meats when cooking to promote digestion. Discomfort due to fish meat or vegetables: vinegar by itself or mixed with crushed garlic to counteract mild food poisoning.
  • Disperse Blood stagnation. For hard masses in the abdomen: bolus of vinegar with San Leng or Bie Jia.
  • Arrests bleeding, hematemesis, epistaxis, anal bleeding
  • Treat hypertension with headache. Cook celery with vinegar to treat it. Soak 10 peanuts in vinegar overnight. Eat the peanuts and drink the vinegar for hypertension. Repeat 10 – 15 days.
  • Detoxifies, genital itching
  • Treats jaundice

Directions: Incorporating apple cider vinegar into your daily diet leads to gradual weight loss. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink before meals three times a day. Use in salad dressing as well.

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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.

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Amaranth Date Nut Bread

bread1 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup amaranth

1 cup boiling water

2 eggs or egg substitute

1/2 cup of honey

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder

1 cup chopped pecans

Soak dates and amaranth in boiling water 15 minutes. Beat eggs well, add honey and butter, and beat again. Stir in all remaining ingredients, mixing well. Pour into an oiled loaf pan, and bake at 350*F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Makes 1 loaf.

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Amaranth (Xiàncài 苋菜)

AmaranthLightly sweet flavor, and cold thermal nature.  Acting on the Lung meridians.

Active compound:

Contains iron, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus. Excellent source of protein (15-18%), fiber, amino acids (lysine and methionine), vitamin C, and calcium. It contains more calcium and the supporting calcium cofactors – magnesium and silicon – than milk. Amaranth contains twice the amount of iron in spinach, which means is effective on preventing anemia. One cup of cooked amaranth provides over 100 percent of our daily manganese needs.Can be use to fulfill protein and calcium requirements, promoting the growth of bones. It is helpful for people with consistently elevated needs, such as nursing or pregnant women, infants, children, or those who do heavy physical work. Amaranth is very strengthening to the lungs, very beneficial in these days of high pollution and ozone intoxication.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Dries Dampness
  • Rich in protein. Its grains help balance blood sugar levels
  • Prevents anemia

Directions: Use in breads, cakes, soups, and grain dishes. Can be used as cereal. Pop like popcorn or toast for a nutty flavor. Sprout and use in salads.

Precautions: As Amaranth is Cold in nature, those having a weak digestive tract and frequent diarrhea should not eat too much.

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Amaranth Pilaf with Almond Sauce

I cup Amaranth

2cups Bulgur wheat

3/4 cup lentil, soaked

1 small onion, minced,

1 teaspoon oil (optional)

7-8 cups of boiling water

Salt

Almond sauce: 2 cups béchamel sauce, 1/2 cup  of Almonds toasted and ground,1 tablespoon of mint.  Sauté onion, add Amaranth and Bulgur and sauté for 5 minutes longer. Add lentils. Pour boiling water over grains, lentils, and onion. Add salt, cover and cook 1/2 hour over low heat. Prepare sauce. Pour grain lentil mixture into oiled casserole dish and cover with almond sauce. Bake at F 375 for 15 minutes. Serves 7-8

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Aloe Vera (Lúhuì 芦荟)

Aloe VeraSweet flavor and neutral thermal nature. Acts on Liver, Large Intestine, Stomach and Spleen meridians.

Active compounds:

The aloe vera plant has many healing properties. The leaves of the plant are the yellow-colored liquid with medicinal properties. Aloe vera gel can be very beneficial to the skin, helping with sunburn, insect bites, rashes, cuts, and the like. The reason is because aloe vera is an anti-fungal as well as an antibacterial. It also helps with the regeneration of cells. So the application of aloe vera gel to the skin can greatly benefit common skin ailments and help in the healing process. Aloe vera juice is very healthy and has a great set of benefits for the body.

Clinical Usage and Indications:

  • Moistens the Intestines, relaxing the stools
  • Relieves stomachaches and heartburn, promoting digestion
  • Helps to regulate blood sugar
  • Detoxifies the liver and colon, promoting the weight loss by increasing metabolic rate to burn more calories
  • Improves circulation
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Strengthens immune system retarding the growth of cancerous tumors
  • Reduce inflammation

Directions: Drink the juice and use the leaf gel to help for skin problems and sunburn.

Precautions: Is no recommended for more than four ounces a day. Side effects could be liver disfunction, nausea and allergic reactions. If staying with the recommended amount daily the benefits of this amazing plant will be visible.

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Almond-Apple Toast

Almond toast

2 Slices cinnamon-raisin bread

2 Tbsp all-natural almond butter

1 crisp apple

Toast bread and spread with almond butter. Core apple, slice it in thinly and lay slices overtop almond butter.

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