August 7, 2012

Carob-Sesame Energy Bars with Black Beans (Hei Dou)

This recipe is good for keeping the Kidney energy strong.  Dark colored foods, particularly black, are known for entering the Kidney channels and for strengthening the energy of the body associated with this area.  These carob-sesame energy bars have plenty of black colored ingredients that tonify the kidneys: vanilla bean, black beans, carob and black sesame seeds.

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July 20, 2012

American Ginseng Wine (Xi Yang Shen 西洋參)

Xi Yang Shen (American ginseng) is sweet, slightly bitter and cool. It helps to strengthen Qi, nourish yin and generate fluids. Xi Yang Shen wine is ideal to help recovery from feverish illnesses or for chronic cases of qi and yin deficiency.  In addition to making a delicious aperitif, this wine can be used for all sorts of meat marinades, especially duck, chicken and pigeon.

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July 17, 2012

Classic Chinese Chicken Soup with Tonic Herbs (Astragalus, Codonopsis, Yam, Jujube)

Because of all the wonderful herbs added, this delicious soup is a qi tonic and blood tonic that can restore the body's resources. It has a good effect on brightening the eyes and slowing down the aging process. This recipe uses a 'black chicken' or 'silkie', which is considered very nourishing for the blood and essence and is available at specialty Asian markets. Locally, you can easily find it at Ranch 99 in El Cerrito or Concord, CA. You can also use a regular, organic chicken.

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June 17, 2012

Kidney Tonic Cereal to Strengthen Low Back and Knees

The Top Vine Part of Shan Yao YamThis herb cereal is known to be good for kidney weakness characterized by low energy, lower back pain, weak knees, frequent urination, and low sex drive.
  • 10 grams (8-10 pieces) Radix Polygoni Multiflori (fleeceflower root, knotweed) = He Shou Wu
  • 10 grams (2 sticks) Radix Achranthis Bidentate = Niu Xi
  • 15 grams (5 pieces) Radix Dioscoreae (Chinese Yam) = Shan Yao
  • 5 grams (1 Tbsp.) Fructus Corni (dogwood fruit) = Shan Zhu Yu
  • 2 cups brown rice
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June 15, 2012

‘Zi He Che’ Soup (紫河車)

For mothers and others at home who are recovering from childbirth and who are perhaps feeling cold...
  1. Soak fresh 'Zi He Che'  in water. Change water several times until water remains clear. Cut into ½” pieces. Mix with equal portion of pieces of chicken, or pork, or beef.
  2. Cut 5 green onions into 2” pieces each. Stir fry cut green onions & 7-8 slices of ginger in small amount of vegetable oil. Add 'Zi He Che' & other meat, & continue stir frying another 2 minutes.
  3. Add at least 12 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Skim & discard the foam that collects on the surface of the liquid.
  4. Reduce heat to simmer, cover the pot & simmer ~ 2 hrs.
  5. Salt to taste. Do not add any other herbs, spices or condiments to pot.
  6. Serve cup of broth separately from meat. Allow 30 minutes for broth to be absorbed into system before eating meat or other foods.
  7. Soy sauce, black pepper, or other mild flavorings (no hot sauce or ketchup) can be added to the meat & veggies. Bread, rice, & steamed veggies are also okay.
  8. Eat for at least the 1st 3 days after delivery
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February 10, 2012

English Roasted Marrow Bone Recipe

Bone Marrow is rich in nutrients, including iron, phosphorus and vitamin A.  Depending on the source, bone marrow is also likely rich in vitamin K and other fat-soluble nutrients.  Marrow also helps us build healthy white blood cells.

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November 21, 2011

Sesame-Walnut-Pumpkin Seed Crackers


  • 'Hēi Zhī Má' Sesamum indicum (Black sesame seed) - Tonify Yin
  • 'Hé Táo Rén' Juglans regia (Walnut) - Tonify Yang
  • 'Nán Guā Zǐ'  Cucurbita moschata (Pumpkin seed) - Expels Parasites
  • 'Cōng Bái' Allium fistulosum (Scallion/green onion) - Release Exterior
  • 'Hú Jiāo' Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) -  Warm Interior


  1. In a food processor combine the following:
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March 9, 2011

Chicken Soup with Ginseng, Angelica & Ginger (Ren Shen, Dang Gui & Sheng Jiang)


This is a nutritious tonic to promote qi and blood, improve bodily functions and energy.  Overall blood tonic.


  • Angelica (dang-gui) head 當歸頭- 5-10gram  (too much will give the soup a bitter taste)
  • Ginseng 人參 - 8gm  (or substitute Codonopsis ‘Dang Shen’)
  • Small Whole Chicken  (about 1 lb., use black-meat chicken for best effects)
  • Pitted red dates  紅棗 - 12 pieces
  • Fresh Ginger 生薑 - 2 slices
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November 30, 2010

Japanese Sour Plum & Bancha Twig Tea

Tea Leaf (Camellia sinensis):

In class we made a home-remedy that is a mixture of the pickled Japanese ume plum along with a certain type of green tea called bancha or kukicha (from the tea plant Camellia sinensis).  A little soy sauce and ginger can be added for flavor and warmth. Umesho bancha tea can be taken if there is discomfort after fasting or long-term illness.  It is often given to a mother at the time her baby is delivered. The following is for 1 serving.  The preparation time is about 3-5 minutes, and the cooking time is about 7-10 minutes.

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June 8, 2010

Almond Milk – tastes better when you make it yourself!

Making Nut Milks

You can make some delicious milks by whirling soaked nuts with water in a blender.  You can make the mixture delicate and thin or thick and creamy.  Soak raw almonds or raw cashews to make almond or cashew milk.  You can either strain the blended mixture or drink it as is.  If you choose to strain the mixture, you can save the almond meal to use as flour for baking or for making a facial mask. Thanks Marie for introducing me to your ‘chai-spiced’ version during class at AIMC.

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