HEALTH CULTIVATION IN EARLY SUMMER
“Treating winter disease in summer” is suitable for people with spleen-stomach deficiency. The spleen governs movement and transformation and also governs the upbearing of the clear. Spleen deficiency manifests as dyspepsia. Spleen yang deficiency indicates that clear yang fails to bear upward, which causes chronic diarrhea. For patients with diarrhea, both eating cold food and contracting cold can cause diarrhea. – TCM doctor Dong Hongtao
How to regulate spleen-stomach deficiency?
Regulate spleen and stomach with diets.
Rice porridge – It helps fortify the movement of spleen and stomach.
From the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine, rice porridge can fortify the movement of spleen and stomach. Healthy and vigorous spleen Qi can upbear the clear and downbear the turbid so as to lower the blood sugar. Actually, any meal can temporally raise blood sugar. If the spleen movement is healthy and vigorous, the elevated blood sugar can gradually decline. In addition to rice, cereals such as corn, millet, black rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and various beans can also be used to make porridge.
Pumpkin— It can nourish the stomach and regulate the spleen.
Pumpkin has the effect of nourishing the stomach and conditioning the spleen, and it also has certain anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Moreover, pumpkin contains many microelements, which are beneficial to the human body. Therefore, those with spleen-stomach deficiency can often eat pumpkin, which can protect the gastric mucosa and reduce the incidence of ulcerative diseases of the digestive system.
Dioscorea – It has the most obvious effect of invigorating the spleen and stomach.
Dioscorea has a great effect on improving human body function, immunity and strengthening spleen qi. It contains amylase, which can help accelerate the metabolism of carbohydrates in the human body, stimulate the peristalsis of the gastrointestinal system to a certain extent, and help the stomach and intestines empty their contents. For patients with indigestion and spleen-stomach deficiency, Dioscorea is a very suitable food material.
Potato – It can regulate the center and harmonize the stomach.
Potato has a good effect in regulating the center and harmonizing the stomach. For patients with gastritis, stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers and habitual constipation, they can chop and pound the potatoes, and wring out the juice with gauze. Persist to drinking 1-2 spoons of potato juice on an empty stomach every morning for about half a month, the aforesaid patients can obviously alleviate the disease.
Sweet potato — It can supplement the center, warm the stomach and nourish the five viscera.
Sweet potato is mild-natured and sweet. Supplement to the Compendium of Materia Medica records that sweet potato can supplement center, warm the stomach, and nourish the five viscera. Although sweet potato can nourish the stomach, eating too much sweet potato will increase stomach acid.
Jujube – It can supplement the spleen and boost qi and supplement yang qi.
Jujube belongs to the “one of the five fruits” recorded in ancient times. It is sweet and warm, and it can fortify the spleen when eaten properly. For those with spleen-stomach deficiency and yang deficiency, eating jujube every day can supplement the spleen and boost qi and supplement yang qi. You can pair jujube with millet and dioscorea to make either the porridge or the soup.
Ganoderma lucidum can regulate the spleen and the stomach.
Ganoderma lucidum is mild-natured and can nourish the five viscera. It can support right and secure the root, tranquilize and quiet the spirit and enhance the immunity.
Professor Du Jian of Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine detailed the benefits of Ganoderma lucidum to the spleen and stomach in The Theories of the Original Qi on Ganoderma Lucidum.
From Sheng Nong’s Herbal Classic to Compendium of Materia Medica, Ganoderma lucidum has been described as bitterness in taste and mildness in nature. From the past records on Ganoderma lucidum, it can be concluded that Ganoderma lucidum’s nature, flavor and efficacy are closely related to Ganoderma lucidum’s nourishing of the five viscera. Reishi mushroom can nourish the spleen and stomach to normalize their movement and transformation so that the spleen and stomach can normally absorb the essence of grain and water, which can replenish the original qi so that the body’s health can be maintained. “
Description of Medicinal Food: Lingzhi can supplement the center and boost qi while Lion’s Mane Mushroom can supplement deficiency and fortify the stomach. This soup integrates the health benefits of both Ganoderma lucidum and Lion’s Mane Mushroom. It is suitable for treating symptoms such as binding depression of liver, gastrointestinal discomfort and essence-spirit devitalization.
Note: This food is not recommended for people with urinary frequency and nocturia.
Ingredients: 10grams of GanoHerb organic Ganoderma Sinensis, 20 grams of dry Lion’s Mane Mushroom, 200 grams of ribs, 3 slices of ginger, spring onion and right amount of salt.
Directions: 1. Soak dry Lion’s Mane mushroom in clean water for 8-12 hours and then remove water.
2. Clean the ribs with water and remove water.
3. Clean Ganoderma Sinensis with water and remove water.
4. Blanch the ribs with boiling water for 2 or 3 minutes and fish out the ribs.
5. Put the pot on the gas cooker and put the blanched ribs, Ganoderma Sinensis slices, Lion’s Mane Mushroom, Ginger slices and spring onion slices.
6. Add clean water into the pot and cook the soup with soft fire for one hour.
7. Then add the right amount of salt and chicken essence to season the soup.
8. Enjoy it.