Mushroom and Yi Yi Ren Soup

Mushroom and Yi Yi Ren Soup

Following from our last newsletter I wanted to share one of my fav mushroom and yi yi ren soup. Pick this up from a site many years ago and have made it many time with loads of modifications. Yi Yi Ren (also known as coix or Job’s tears or Chinese pearl barley) is also part of the soup. Some research has found that this is a gluten free ingredient even though one of the names for it is barley. It is one of the allowed foods by the NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases).  The Chinese herbal medicinal use of Yi YI Ren is to reduce swelling, however the elders do not recommend eating large amounts of yi yi ren when pregnant. It is best for any other time when you want to retain less water.

Mushrooms are key to making that umami taste (rich, savory, and earthy), thus three types of mushroom – king trumpet, shiitake, and miyatake (button mushrooms) but of course you can use any type of mushroom.

Ingredients

Stock

1kg of carrots, washed, trimmed and rough chopped

1kg onion, chopped

125g. of ginger, washed, sliced, or crushed

500g. dried shiitake mushrooms, rehydrated and rinsedmushroom

500g of napa cabbage (wombok), washed and rough chopped

125g. of dried bok choy, rehydrated and rinsed three times

7.5 l of water

1 honey date, rinsed

 Soup

1kg king oyster mushrooms

500g  fresh shiitake mushrooms

500g  brown beech or oyster mushrooms

180g. dried yiyiren, rinsed 3 times and soaked for at least 4 hours

90g  lotus nut rinsed and soaked

Directionsyi yi yren

Soak the barley and lotus seed for 4 hours. They can be soaked together. Drain.

Meanwhile, combine stock ingredients in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 hours then strain all the stock ingredients out of the soup. Use a fine mesh strainer to get clear stock.

Add barley and lotus to the stock and simmer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, dice all the mushrooms into small pieces. Toss the mushrooms with some oil. Saute the mushrooms and deglaze with rice wine. Or, broil the mushrooms. Add the mushrooms to the soup and simmer for another 20 minutes.

The soup is done when the stock looks cloudy and the pearl barley are soft.

 

Health Benefits of Gui Zhi (Cinnamon)

Health Benefits of Gui Zhi (Cinnamon)cinnamon

Cinnamon (Gui Zhi- Rou Gui) Ramulus Cinnamomi Cassiae, can go by many names in Chinese herbology depending on type and locations. Cinnamon is a powerful herb and spice that has been utilized medicinally around the world for thousands of years. It is still use daily in many cultures because of its wide-spread health benefits, not to mention its distinctly sweet, warming taste and ease of use in recipes.

The unique smell, color, and flavor of cinnamon is due to the oily part of the tree that it grows from. The health benefits of cinnamon come from the bark of the Cinnamon tree. This bark contains several special compounds which are responsible for its many health promoting properties- including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate. In Chinese herbology Cinnamon is considered warm, spicy herbs that release the exterior.

 

The main health benefits include

High Source of Antioxidants

Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties

Protects Heart Health

Anti-diabetic effect

Fights Infections & Viruses

Freshens Breath Naturally

Prevent or Cure Candida

Natural Food Preservative

 

Health advantage of cinnamon can be obtained in the form of its pure bark, essential oils, in ground spice form (which is bark powder), or in extract form when its special phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and antioxidants are isolated. These compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth, giving it antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, cancer and heart disease-protecting abilities.

 

suggestion for cinnamon apple treat 

INGREDIENTS

  •  4 large sundowner apples
  •  1/2 cup (60g) walnuts, finely chopped
  •  1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  •  3/4 cup (85g) almond meal
  •  1 egg white, lightly whisked
  •  10g butter, cubed
  •  Custard, to serve

METHOD

  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 190°C. Using an apple corer, core the apples to make a 3-4cm opening at the top. Place the apples in a small baking dish.
  • Step 2: Combine walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and almonds in a bowl. Stir in egg white. Spoon mixture evenly among centre of the apples. Place butter over the top of the apples. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the apple is just tender.
  • Step 3: Place the apples in serving bowls and serve with the custard.

Ginger and cinnomen tea 

INGREDIENTS

  •  4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, sliced
  •  2 cinnamon sticks
  •  2 tablespoons honey

METHOD

  • Step 1: Place ginger, cinnamon and 4 cups cold water in a saucepan over high heat. Cover. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes for flavours to develop.
  • Step 2: Strain mixture into a heatproof jug. Add honey. Stir to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes or until slightly cooled. Serve.

 

DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Chen Pi “the old skin”

Chen Pichenpi

Chen Pi or mature mandarin skin is a common ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Best quality Chen Pi should be large, with deep-red scarfskin and white interior, the flesh is to be heavy in oils, it should have a dense fragrance and pungency. In general, old-aged Chen Pi is in a higher quality, with the aging process being 20 -65 years. It is also the reason why Chen Pi is called literally “the old peels”.  In Chinese medicine, the dried peels of fruits are used in the regulation of qi, strengthening of the Spleen, elimination of dampness. Chen Pi is used to treat abdominal distension, enhance digestion, and to reduce phlegm. It solves digestion problem by relieving intestinal gas and bloating. Chen Pi can improve problems of pain, poor appetite, vomiting and hiccups.

Herb Actions

 

Regulates Qi and Harmonizes the Middle Jiao (Spleen and Stomach)chen pi

Assisting with symptoms such as nausea and vomiting due to rebellious Stomach Qi, fullness, distention, or bloating in the abdominal or epigastric region, stomach ache, belching, and poor appetite.

Dries Dampness and Dissolves Phlegm

Dampness symptoms such as fatigue, low appetite, loose stool, diarrhea, abdominal fullness, chest oppression, and a greasy think tongue coating.

Dissolves Phlegm and Stops Cough

Weak Lungs with symptoms such as cough with profuse phlegm, wheezing, dyspnea, and stifling sensation in the chest.

 

 

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Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Choline, Folic Acid, over 60 known flavonoids, d-limonene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, aldehydes, numerous minerals and vitamins.

Chen Pi high vitamin C content (and A) makes it a wonderful supplement to build immunity and combat invasive infection, colds, flu and many other ailments.

Chen Pi Fibre helps you increase your bowel movement, lowers cholesterol, and controls your blood sugar levels. Also, it is said that fibre prevents heart disease and colon cancer.

Hesperidin is present in high quantities in Chen Pi specially in the inner part of the skin (peel). It is said that hesperidin has antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects on cells and tissues.

Water …elixir of Health?

Water …elixir of Health?drink water

Water is one of those too simple easy to be true health tips. From our foetus stage we are submerged in water, our body is composed of water, as humans we live around water. Water can be associated with heeling many health conditions whilst the lack of clean drinking water can bring disease and sickness

Since water is such an important component to our physiology, it would make sense that the quality of the water should be important as the quantity. Therefore, your drinking water should always be clean and free of contaminants. The human body is very resilient and if you treat yourself well, you will be surprised by your body’s own natural ability to heal itself. Here’s drinking to your health and achieving your goals.

Below I shall discuss some of the great benefits

Water serves as a lubricant

Water serves as a lubricant in digestion and almost all other body processes. Water assist in chewing and swallowing, ensuring that food will slide down. Water will lubricate our joints and cartilages and allows them to glide move. When dehydrated, less lubrication will equate to friction which will cause joint, knee and back pain potentially leading to injuries and arthritis

Water regulates body

Our bodies can control over-heating through perspiration from sweat glands in the skin and from evaporation which produces a cooling effect. The movement of water within our cellular systems also transports vital blood plasma which is 92% made of water. Blood plasma play a critical role in buffering the body’s pH, circulating antibodies from the immune system, and regulating osmotic balance which all helps to maintain proper body temperature.

Water removes harmful toxins from the body

Water helps our bodies remove toxins in many different ways. Water flushes toxins and waste from the body through urination and perspiration. Water helps reduce constipation and aids in bowel movements which ensures that wastes are removed quickly and regularly before they can become poisonous in the body. Drinking enough water will also lessen the burden on the kidneys and liver.

Water transports valuable nutrients to the body

Blood is about 92% water and it carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. Nutrients from the food we eat are broken down in the digestive system where they become water-soluble, which means they are dissolved in water. Water allows these nutrients to pass through the capillaries within the intestinal walls to the blood and circulatory system where the valuable nutrients and oxygen can be distributed throughout the body to all the cells and organs. In addition to the daily maintenance of our bodies, water also plays a key role in the prevention of disease.

Are You Getting Enough? But how much is really enough?

Signs of Dehydration

  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Sleepiness or tiredness
  • Decreased urine output / dark colour
  • Headache, dizziness, or light headedness
  • Constipation

On average eight glasses per day will suffice. However, that might not be enough. While eight is great, amounts really need to be tailored to meet the needs of every individual.

Most adults will lose between 1 to litres of water per day by way of normal body functions. Those people who live or work in warm environments will lose more. Athletes need to drink more water to balance their bodily fluids.

Our bodies are made up of 55-70% water, but it does not replenish itself, so drinking water helps maintain that healthy balance. But even still, many will walk around dehydrated, most of the time unknowingly. That is because thirst is a poor indicator of dehydration. By the time someone gets thirsty, it is too late! Or, if one is thirsty, they may go for a beverage that does not actually replenish the body. Water is the best remedy for dehydration. If mild dehydration sets in, it can decrease one’s energy level and mental functioning and increase stress on the body. Severe dehydration can have far more damaging effects. There are three important rules when it comes to drinking water:

  1. Drink twice as much as it takes to quench your thirst.
  2. Drink frequently throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
  3. Drink at least eight glasses daily
  4. While some fruit juices and green tea may account for some fluid intake, you can count out beverages such as coffee or alcohol. They have a mild diuretic effect, which promotes urination and therefore water loss, which ultimately defeats the purpose.

 

DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

 

Assist your Liver Function

Herbal Products to Assist your Liver Function

To achieve optimum health and well-being there a dependence on your body removes and purges toxins as effectively as possible. With all the environmental pollution, toxic body care products and processed foods, most people are in need of a serious detox! Being friendly to your liver is a great way to do this.

One of the main methods that the body rids itself of toxins is via the liver. The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, produce the bile needed to digest fat, break down hormones, and store essential vitamins, minerals and iron.  When the liver is not functioning optimally, we cannot digest our food properly, especially fats!

Below is a number of herbal ways to help keep the liver at optimum performance

Herbal bitters:

Bitter medicines are loved by herbalists alike. These bitter tasting substance stimulates digestive processes, including the liver’s production of bile. Bile, part digestive juice, part waste product, is made by the liver and excreted via the bowel. Herbal bitters are also known as Swedish Bitters.

St. Mary’s Thistlemilkthistle

St. Mary’s Thistle: Protects liver cells from damage from the likes of alcohol and carbon tetrachloride and serves to regenerate already damaged liver cells.

 

lemon juice

lemon-water

Lemon juice in hot water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured way to start the day, and is an excellent wake up call for the liver. The sourness of lemons triggers nerve and hormone activation to the liver and digestive system. Very helpful for those who suffer from sluggish bowels.

 

turmeric-roots

Turmeric

The spice that colours curries yellow, and was also used to dye the robes of Hindu priests. Turmeric has impressive anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body, including the liver. Excellent for a liver virus or infection.

 

Waterdrink water

Drinking sufficient fluids such as water, tea and herbal tea, improves the flow of nutrients to, and waste products from, the liver. Not drinking enough may increase the risk of gallstones, which is when bile becomes too concentrated in the gall bladder.

 

Brussels sproutsbrussel-sprouts

The brassica family including cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are sulphur containing (hence the boarding school corridor smell) compounds that protect the liver from damage and improve its ability to eliminate toxins and excess hormones.

 

Zinczinc

Zinc is important in many enzyme reactions throughout the body. In particular, zinc is needed by the liver enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, to break down alcohol into less toxic substances. If you drink, you need zinc.

dandelion

 

Dandelion Root

A long history of healing ailing livers. Dandelion root coffee is black and bitter, making it an excellent coffee alternative if you are keen on improving liver health.

 

 

 

 

“Zenceuticals Liver Detox”liver detox

Contains therapeutic amounts of Coloidal Silica, Organic Green Barley Grass, Organic Broccoli Sprout Powder, Magnesium Citrate and MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane) with addition of extra super foods

Organic Green Barley Grass, Lemon/Lime Flavour (natural), Silica Colloidal), L-Glutamine Powder, Milk Thistle Powder, Spirulina Powder, Organic Broccoli Sprout Powder, Magnesium Citrate, MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane), Organic Lemon Fruit Powder, Organic Wheat Grass, Globe Artichoke Extract Powder, Beta Glucan (from Reishi Mushroom), Ascorbic Acid.

 

DISCLAIMER

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Sydney Acupuncture & Sydney Chinese Herbal Medicine

Ganoderma mushroom, King of herbs

Ganoderma mushroomganoderma mushroom

The Lingzhi mushroom or Reishi mushroom is a species of mushroom which is complex in structure and its ability to heal. Ling zhi mushroom encompasses several fungal species of the genus Ganoderma, most commonly related to Ganoderma Lucidum. In Chinese Medicine it is known as the king of herbs for its powerful properties. It is a hard bitter mushroom that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to enhance longevity and improve health. Unlike many other herbs, it is only used as a medicinal compound. Herbalists and consumers claim that Ganoderma can heal and fight allergies, liver diseases, lung difficulties, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Interestingly, Ganoderma is used by patients who are undertaking radiotherapy and chemotherapy to reduce pain as well as unwarranted side effects. Nevertheless, taking Ganoderma mushroom can have both advantageous and disadvantageous aspects.

Advantages of consuming Ganoderma Lucidum

Immunity Resistance: Ganoderma is recommended by medical practitioners as it is sought to enhance the immune system and decrease allergic symptoms.

Relieves respiratory conditions: Ganoderma is also beneficial for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions because it seems to have a healing effect on the lungs. Ganoderma is good for building respiratory strength and curbing a cough.

Cardiovascular protection: Ganoderma is believed to impede platelet aggregation and reduce blood pressure.

Enhance blood sugar balance: Ganoderma polysaccharides have blood sugar lowering effects and this is due to the polysaccharides referred to as Ganoderma A, B, C. Ganoderma has the capability to enhance plasma insulin levels, increase the glucose liver metabolism, and enhance peripheral tissue and its utilization of glucose.ganoderma

Anti-inflammatory effects: Hot water extracts of Ganoderma have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Liver protector: Ganoderma is used because of its liver protection ability. One study reported that Ganoderma significantly reduced the size of a fatty liver and ALT levels. Additionally, there was also a marked drop in nitric oxide production. The study established that the liver protective effects of Ganoderma may be due to its influence on nitric oxide production.

Oxygenation: Another unique advantage of Ganoderma is its usefulness in altitude sickness. Ganoderma reduces illness caused by altitude by oxygenating the blood.

Antioxidants: Ganoderma mushrooms have strong antioxidative protection within the body from the negative effects of free radicals which are formed inside the body by daily exposure to the sun, chemicals, and pollutants. Ganoderma is also proven to boost the immune system, especially when taken in conjunction with other antioxidant supplements.

 

Disadvantages of taking Ganoderma Lucidum

Some individuals can be allergic to Ganoderma and its components.  Sensitivity can vary with the type of hypersensitivity to the Ganoderma mushroom. Other adverse effects can include an itchy, red rash, a dry mouth and throat, or a nosebleed following ingestion.

Ganoderma can interfere with daily medications and their effects. For instance, taking Ganoderma while on diabetic medication may result in a decline in blood pressure. Another well noted adverse reaction is the use of blood thinners like Warfarin. Long-term use of Ganoderma may also lead to gastric bleeding which is a very serious side effect. Other less noted side effects include: vomiting, nausea, acne and gastrointestinal upsets.

Conclusionganoderma

It is very important that a full consultation be undertaken by a practitioners prior to taking any new substance such as Ganoderma Lucidum, especially if you are pregnant, breast feeding or taking regular medications. Despite Ganoderma’s efficaciousness, it is also important to be aware of the risks and dangers that it may present. If you are on immune-suppressing drugs, Lingzhi may not be for you. Lingzhi may work against these drugs because of its potential stimulating effects on the immune system.

How Much Ganoderma to Take When Using As a Supplement

The recommended dose when using Ganoderma as a dietary supplement is 150 to 900 mg if taken in tablet or capsule form or 1.5 to 9 grams of the dried variety.