An Important Vegetable To Eat In February, March & April of Every Year!

At the time of writing this blog post, we are just into a new lunar new year, this means it is a beginning of a new year, and of course, there are foods that we can eat to help build our body’s immune this new season. Among the foods that we should eat in Spring, the Chinese Chives (韭菜) are one of the most beneficial vegetables you should eat in every year’s Spring! The reason is that Chinese Chives have the ability to help our Qi grow outwards (生发) and this property aligns with the season, Spring. Let’s go through what makes chives an excellent vegetable to eat in this season. First, Chinese Chives strengthen the kidneys. Through the strengthening of the kidneys, it warms the body and encourages the flow of Qi in the body. Chives also help to strengthen our bones, hence, it is good for the elderly who are at risk of osteoporosis. Second, Chinese chives can relieve stomach pain due to coldness. Some people might experience stomach discomfort especially after eating raw or cold stuff. And chives have the ability to warm our stomachs and hence, treat this kind of discomfort. Third, chives are also very good at dispersing clogs in our bodies. During winter, our body will tend to have clogs (whether blood clog or qi clog) and hence, eating Chinese Chives during Spring time will help our body to regain balance. People Who Are Not Suitable To Eat Chinese Chives There are two groups of people who are not suitable to eat Chinese Chives. The first group of people is those with eye diseases. The second group is people who have the yin deficiency body type. Chinese chives can be eaten by simply pan-frying. The daily consumption suggestion is 60g to 120g per person.  

Purslane Benefits in TCM And Who Should Avoid Eating It!

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Purslane (马齿苋) is a type of wild vegetable that is pretty common in the market nowadays. You might have heard about its benefits from your friends or online but rarely do people talk about its exact benefits and who should not eat it. In this post, I will share in detail about purslane so you can decide if it is suitable for you and your family’s consumption. Purslane Benefits In TCM Purslane is also known as a longevity vegetable as it has very high nutritional properties. It is one of the few vegetables that contain omega-3 fatty acids. This means it can help to reduce blood cholesterol and prevent cardio-related diseases. Purslane has strong cooling and detox properties. Thus, it can be used internally (consumed) or externally (applied on skins) for eczema or other skin conditions. It can also hep in urination, especially for people who find it difficult to urinate at times. Purslane can also relieve constipation if the intestine is heaty (due to lack of water consumption etc). A Simple Way To Eat Purslane The following is a simple way you can eat purslane at home if you need relief in the above conditions. Ingredients (for one pax): Purslane (30 to 60g) Chopped garlic. White sugar Boils the water and blanch purslane (washed and cleaned) for two minutes. Scoop out the purslane and run it through the cool water. It can be eaten right away with chopped (& sliced) garlic this way. For the water left in the pot, you can drink it too (by adding white sugar to sweeten if you like) for the detox effect. People Who Must Avoid Eating Purslane First, people with weak stomachs and spleens must avoid eating purslane because it is pretty cooling to the body. Second, pregnant women must avoid eating it. In summary, purslane is not an everyday-to-eat vegetable. Only eat it if you need its detox and cooling properties. Its omega 3 benefits is a side bonus, I suggest not eating purslane just for its omega 3. There are other omega 3 vegan options like chai seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, edamame, and seaweeds.

Eat These TCM Foods to Strengthen Lungs

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Are you looking for ways or foods to eat to strengthen your lungs? Before knowing what foods will help to strengthen your lungs, let’s find out what are the main functions of your lungs in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective and how to know if your lungs are weak (Qi deficiency) now. The Function of The Lungs in TCM Perspective In TCM, the functions of the lungs are: Breathing – One of the main functions of the lungs is the exchange of air in our lungs and the surrounding environment. On breathing in, the lungs work with the kidney on the depth of how deep is the breath. Side note: It is known that a healthy kidney will help a person to breathe deeply. Qi Channeling – The lungs play an important role in channeling the air we breathe into the different organs and also warm the organs to maintain their functions. Fluid Channeling – You might be surprised to know that the lungs are also in charge of the fluids flow in our body. If the lungs are not well, the discharge of fluids (sweat, urine, etc.) in our body will be affected. In TCM, the lungs are also known as the organ that is easily infected by the ‘evil qi’ (邪气) in our surroundings. Hence, it is very important to strengthen our lungs in order to have strong immunity. How To Know Whether You Have Weak Lungs (Qi Deficiency In Lungs) You might have weak lungs (Qi deficiency) if you are having two or more following symptoms: Coughing (especially long-term weak cough) Feeling tired easily Easily falling sick and getting cold Afraid of wind as it causes you discomfort Very soft-spoken Things That Will Hurt Your Lungs Lungs are very sensitive to cold air. You will not notice this if you are young but slowly you will notice the effect cold air has on your lungs as you age. Thus, whenever in a cold or cooling environment, make sure you keep warm, especially in the chest area. Reduce the intake of polluted air whenever possible. This means you should stop smoking if you are a smoker. If you are working in an air-polluted environment, do your best to wear a quality mask to protect your lungs from the hazardous air. Foods That Help To Strengthen Your Lungs The following foods will help to strengthen your lungs and improve your immunity: Astragalus – This is a herb that is very commonly used by physicians to help improve the immunity of patients with weak lungs. Read here to find out more about astragalus benefits. Hongjingtian (红景天) – Hongjingtian is a very potent herb to strengthen the lungs and protect them against inflammation and virus. Read here to find out more about Hongjingtian. Chinese Yam – Chinese yam is very good food that you can eat with other dishes. Besides strengthening the lungs, it also helps to strengthen the spleens and kidneys. Read here to find out more about chinese yam benefits. Bird’s Nest – Bird nests are expensive but they are quite effective in strengthening the lungs and nourishing them. Read here to find out more about bird’s nest. It is also important to take vitamin C if you find yourself getting cold easily or more frequently. You can check out this natural source of vitamin C. Hope you find this post useful!

TCM Foods to Eat to Improve Blood Circulation

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Are you looking to improve your blood circulation by consuming certain foods? If so, read on and find out first if you have poor blood circulation before consuming the recommended foods below. Poor Blood Circulation And Blood Deficiency Are Different Things The first thing you should know is if you are having poor blood circulation or simply blood deficiency. They are both different things so let’s find out more. Blood deficiency means a person’s blood lack nourishment. A person with blood deficiency often appears pale. His/her hair is not as voluminous as compared of his/her peers. If you look at this person’s nail, lip and palm color, you will also notice that the color is not as red as others. In general, it is more common for women to be deficient in blood as compared to men, especially women who have given birth. Poor blood circulation, or in our context, I refer to as blood stale, often happens after a person has blood deficiency for a long time. The easiest way to determine if you have the blood stale body type is to take the online TCM body constitution test. If after taking the online body constitution test, your body type is Blood Stale, then you are highly recommended to follow the advice in this article. How To Know Whether You Have Poor Blood Circulation? Having said that, someone with a different body constitution can also have poor blood circulation. The following are some symptoms that will appear if you have poor blood circulation: You find that bruises appear on your body out of nowhere from time to time. You often experience pain in different parts of your body unknowingly. Your face tends to be more brownish and darker in color as compared to others. You have dark eye bags even if you have enough sleep. You tend to be more forgetful. Your lips appear darker in color as compared to others. Avoid These Foods As They Will Slow Down Your Blood Circulation Even Further! If you have a blood stale body constitution or have two or more poor blood circulation symptoms as indicated above, please reduce or avoid eating or drinking cold stuff like ice cream, cold beverages, etc. Cold drinks and desserts can worsen the symptoms that you are experiencing and thus, slowing the blood flow in your body even further. When a person’s blood flow is slowed, clots will tend to form and through a period of time, you will experience pains when the clots grow or move from place to place in your body. Just one more piece of advice before we move on to the list of foods to eat – make sure you make effort in reducing cold drinks and desserts. It is only through reducing the intake of harmful foods (in this case, the cold stuff) and consuming the right foods that you will experience healing. There is no point in eating the right food but at the same time, you consume harmful foods. Foods That Will Improve Your Blood Circulation The following 6 foods + 1 herb will help to improve your blood circulation. Make sure to include them into your diet regularly: Lotus Root – Lotus root cools the body and disperses clots. it is one of the most effective natural food in improving blood circulation. Read here for more details on lotus root. Black Beans – Black beans not only have protein but also help in getting rid of blood clots. Read here for more details on black beans. Konjac – One of the main properties of Konjac is that it can dissolve phlegm and clots. Hence it is a very good food to improve blood circulation. Read here for more details on Konjac. Black Fungus – Black fungus can reduce high blood pressure effectively. Hence, it is also a good food to help in blood circulation. Read here to find out more about black fungus. Hawthorn – Hawthorn is a good food to help aid digestion, promote blood flow and reduce pain. Thus, it is highly recommended to drink Hawthorn tea regularly. Read here for more details on Hawthorn. Shiitake – Shiitake mushroom excels in reducing blood pressure too. Read here for more details on shiitake mushrooms. Besides the above 6 foods, there is one herb in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that is very suitable for people who need to improve blood circulation. The herb is called 田七 or 三七. Its English name is Panax notoginseng. You can find this herb (in powdered form) in most TCM retail shops. The one on the left is what I use and you can add the powder to any soup or porridge. Just make sure you do not add too much. 1 to 3g is enough for one person’s dosage. Alternatively, you can also purchase Panax notoginseng online in supplement forms like this one. Make sure you really have poor blood circulation before you consume such supplements. The best way is to consult a TCM physician if you are able to do so in your area. I hope you find this post useful!