Mild and tasteless when eaten raw, shockingly stinky when cooked, and delivering a bite when sprouted, the Daikon Radish is something you should consider adding to your diet.
Lai Fu Zi (Daikon Radish seed) is an herb used in TCM to reduce food stagnation particularly from starchy foods. It also resolves Phlegm and descends the Qi for cases of excess cough. It is boiled into a tea or can be cooked with grains.
Daikon Radish is an important medicinal in Chinese Food Therapy for its unique qualities.
Unlike red radishes, Daikon is cooling and mild in taste, yet retains the phlegm resolving quality. The radish can be grated or sliced in a salad, pickled, or cooked in soup. The seeds can be sprouted and are often used in sushi.
Any condition exacerbated or caused by eating rich foods, excess phlegm, or food stagnation benefits from Daikon radish. For example: acne, obesity, diabetes, bloating, diarrhea, cellulite, etc. It is also a great addition to a detox regimen. A therapeutic dose when using food as medicine is to have it at least once daily.
Pumpkins are more than pretty reminders of the holiday season. They are a potent medicine. Pumpkins have a cool temperature, are sweet and slightly bitter, and resolve dampness in the body. They are used in Chinese Food therapy to:
- balance blood sugar
- tonify the Spleen/Pancreas
- discharge mucous from the lungs, bronchi, and throat
- alleviate bronchial asthma
- alleviate eczema and edema
- pumpkin seeds reduce prostate inflammation and clear roundworms from the intestines
When using food as a therapy you need to eat it at least once a day. If you have one of the above conditions, have pumpkin daily for as long as they are season. Food therapy is surprisingly powerful to make and keep us healthy. It is also cheap and has no side effects.
Besides paying a visit to your acupuncturist there a few things you can do to speed along a cold.
- Gan Mao Ling is a patent Chinese Herbal formula. It isn’t strong enough for a full blown cold or flu, but works wonderfully if you take it every 3 hours when you first start coming down with something.
- Eat chicken soup with ginger, lemongrass, scallions.
- If there is a lot of heat (fever, sore throat) mint is very helpful.
- Bundle up and sweat it out.
- Gets plenty of sleep.
- If you have someone to do gua sha this move the cold fast. To do gua sha: get a spoon, coin, or popsicle stick. Put oil on upper back and neck. Have the person quickly and roughly scrape back and forth on your skin until it gets bright red. This will leave marks but offers almost immediate relief.