Coix Seed | Yi Ren 薏仁

Five Seasons TCM

Common Chinese Name: 薏仁 / 薏米, Yi Ren/ Yi Mi Common English Name: coix seed, Chinese pearl barley, Job's tear Common Form: White, dried, round kernels. Note that if the body of the seed is small and narrow, it is not the coix seed in TCM, but western Pearl barley. TCM Five Flavors: Sweet, bland TCM Energetics: Cooling Meridian Affiliation: Stomach, Spleen, Lungs Nutritional Science: Nutrients: rich in antioxidant, fibre, and many phytonutrients specific to coix seed, 15.4g of complete protein/100g Functions: lowers blood sugar, boosts immunity against cancer cells, relieves muscle spasm, regulates blood sugar, relieves abdominal bloating, constipation, diarrhea, reduces fever TCM Benefits: Helps with...

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Pea | 豌豆

Five Seasons TCM

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 豌豆 (wān dòu) TCM Five Flavors: Sweet TCM Energetics: Neutral Meridian Affinity: Spleen, stomach Nutritional Science: 成分 Nutrients: Amino acids, plant lectins, organic acids, vitamin C, thiamin vitamin B1, riboflavin vitamin B2, tocopherol vitamin E, carotene, calcium, and magnesium.  Function: Improve immune function, anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial, anti-inflammation, increase metabolism, rich in fiber which promotes bowel movement.  TCM Benefits: 功效 Regulate the Middle and descend Qi  Promote lactation Diuresis and detoxification Calm discomfort in spleen and stomach Help with nausea and vomiting Reduce water retention  Cooking Suggestions: 使用方法 Made dal, soup, rice.  We recommend Sigure of Chen Pi and...

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Mung Bean Sprouts | 绿豆芽  

Five Seasons TCM

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 绿豆芽 (lǜ dòu yá) TCM Five Flavors: Sweet TCM Energetics: Cold Meridian Affinity: Heart, stomach Nutritional Science: 成分 Nutrients: Rich in protein and carbohydrates. Contain carotene, riboflavin, phosphatidylcholine (PC), vitamin C.  Function: Treat scurvy, lower blood lipid, reduce lipid accumulation in the blood vessel, and prevent cardiovascular disease. Prevention in gastrointestinal related cancer.  TCM Benefits: 功效 Clear heat and relieve summer heat Diuresis and detoxify Relieve constipation and hydrate the body Improve eye health Treat scurvy  Help with weight management Cooking Suggestions: 使用方法 Stir fry, braise, add to soup.  Juicing.   Notes & Safety:: Generally, it...

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Mung Bean | 绿豆  

Five Seasons TCM

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 绿豆 (lǜ dòu) TCM Five Flavors: Sweet TCM Energetics: Cooling Meridian Affinity: Heart, stomach Nutritional Science: 成分 Protein, carbohydrates carotene, riboflavin B2, phosphatidylcholine (PC).  Function: Lower blood lipid, cardiovascular disease prevention, anti-tumor, antibacterial, protects liver and kidney.  It contains high level of antioxidant which will reduce chronic disease risk Antioxidants Vitexin and Isovitexin: may prevent heat stroke May Lower LDL Levels which can lower the risk of heart disease TCM Benefits: 功效 Clear heat and relieve summer heat and red eye Diuretic and detoxification Alleviate summer heat and thirst  Relieve common cold with wind-heat syndrome Cooking...

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Soybean | 黄豆

Five Seasons TCM

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 黄豆 (huáng dòu) TCM Five Flavors: Sweet TCM Energetics: Neutral Meridian Affinity: Spleen, stomach, large intestine Nutritional Science: 成分 Nutrients: Protein, fat, carbohydrate, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, thiamin vitamin B1, riboflavin vitamin B2, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acids, biotin, isoflavones.  Function: Antioxidation, lower blood lipid, anti-thrombosis, antiviral, regulates glucose level, neuroprotective effect.  TCM Benefits: 功效 Invigorate the spleen and relieve bloating Promote urination and better water balance, reduce fluid retention Boarden the Middle Jiao to improve digestive health Detoxify  Cooking Suggestions: 使用方法 Soak overnight before cooking.  Make soy milk. Add to bone broth. Make tempeh or...

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Potato | 马铃薯

Five Seasons TCM

Common Chinese Name (pinyin): 马铃薯 (mǎ líng shǔ),土豆,薯仔 TCM Five Flavors: Sweet TCM Energetics: Neutral Meridian Affinity: Stomach, large intestine  Nutritional Science: 成分 Nutrients: Amino acids, carotene, mucin, vitamin C, vitamin B family, POT II Function: Reduce food absorption, stimulate collagen biosynthesis, prevention for cardiovascular diseases, anti-aging, and antioxidation.    TCM Benefits: 功效 Nourish the Qi and invigorate the spleen Tonify the Middle and strengthen the stomach Reduce fluid retention and detoxify Warm stomach and spleen Heal sores and burns   Cooking Suggestions: 使用方法 We are sure that you know how to cook potatoes :)   Notes & Safety: Generally,...

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