“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Bean Broth

Dr. Yi Qiao introduced the expanded use of a soy milk maker to her students and I pass that on here. Great for those in a hurry with limited time or space. Provides a simple tool for nutritional fulfillment on the go. Knowing the properties of dietetic medicinals we can manage our intake to optimize our wellbeing and achieve balance among the Four Pillars: Internal/External, Deficient/Excess, Interior/Exterior, Yin/Yang. Below is a table of potential ingredients for daily Bean Broth:
**Add 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil for the saturated fat the brain and body needs for health and some cocoa for antioxidants and flavor with chai tea or vanilla. A small amount of sweetener is ok too. Cocoa is a qi and blood mover, chai will improve digestion but is warming and the sweetener can be cloying so don't use too much.

“In chinese medicine we don’t focus too much on vitamins,
we focus on temperature and ‘organ.’ ” ~Dr Christine Chang
Herb
Category
Temperature
Tastes
Organ/Channel
adzuki beans
Chi Xiao Dou,
sm phaseoli
Diuretic
Neutral
sweet sour
H/SI
mung beans
Lu Dou
phaseolus radiatus
Clear Heat Purge Fire
Cold
sweet
H/St
black beans
phaseolum vulgaris
Yin tonic,
Warm

K
hei zhi ma
black sesame seeds, sm sesame nigrum
Yin tonic
Neutral
sweet
K/Liv/LI
yi yi ren
chinese barley,
sm coicis
Diuretic
Cool
sweet bland
Sp/St/Lu/K
lian zi
lotus seed
sm nelumbini,
Stabilize and Bind - astringent
Neutral
sweet astringent
H/K/Sp
qian shi
foxnut
euryale seed
Stabilize and Bind - astringent
Neutral
sweet astringent
K/Sp
hu tao ren
walnut
sm juglandis
Yang tonic
Warm
sweet
K/LI/Lu
shan zha
hawthorn berry
fr crateagi
digestive
Sl Warm
sour sweet
Liv/Sp/St
gou qi zi
goji berry
chinese wolfberry
fr lycii
Yin tonic
Neutral
sweet
Liv/Lu/K


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