So, What is Dampness?
As Acupuncture Today summarizes: “Dampness can be thought of as the condition of “high humidity” inside the body. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, swelling or water retention, distended abdomen, phlegm discharge, nodular masses, loose bowels and turbidity of fluids. Individuals with a dampness condition often have sluggish energy and easily gain weight.
This recipe is the most classic one in TCM cuisine to help with excessive dampness in the body. Combining Pearl Barley and Azuki Beans together, this porridge benefits the spleen, takes out dampness, and makes you feel lighter in summer without having to go on a juice cleanse!
This recipe uses two of the most damp reducing ingredients: Pearl Barley and Adzuki Beans.
Pearl Barley 薏仁
Job’s Tear, coix seeds, or also called Chinese Barley is a common ingredient in Chinese medicinal cuisine and naturally gluten-free! They are easy to cook and have a pleasant, chewy, satisfying texture. They are sold in their dried form, and can be bought online or at an Asian market.
TCM Quality: sweet, neutral, cooling
Meridian Affiliation: lung, stomach, spleen
Usage: edema, dampness, spleen deficiency, urinary problems
Adzuki Beans 红豆
Widely used in Asian desserts in a sweet paste form, Azuki Beans are also good as a healthy legume to add to savory dishes. They are sold in their dried form. You can buy them online, at Whole Foods, or at an Asian market.
TCM Quality: slightly bitter, neutral, cooling
Meridian Affiliation: liver, spleen
Usage: amenorrhea, invigorate blood, organize Qi, high fiber
The Best Damp-Reducing Porridge from Your Body |祛湿红豆粥
VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE | NUT-FREE
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Rinse all ingredients with cold water. Break snow fungus into small pieces.
Soak yi ren, adzuki beans, and sweet rice in filtered water for at least 3 hours (preferably overnight)
Drain and rinse again.
Add 8 cups of water or nut milk along with the tonic bag. Cook in a (preferably clay) pot until boiling. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
Add the rest of all ingredients. Cook until tender and the mixture resembles oatmeal consistency. You can start with less liquid and then add, if not enough.
Serve. Add sweetener as needed.
Enjoy hot or cold.
- Replenishes Spleen Qi (energy flow, stronger digestion energy)
- Drains dampness in the body (helps with eczema, edema, lethargy, obesity)
- Helps with irritated skin
- High fiber and plant protein