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I've made Borsch soup from many recipes, but this is the Best. This is an Eastern European soup, and its basic ingredient is beetroot.
The dish is wonderfully nutritious and good taken Cold in Summer or Warm in Winter.
Beetroot is neutral in terms of Yin and Yang, and is neither heating nor cooling.
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Beetroot also has a slightly downward action, which explains its use for constipation. This downward action also imparts a slight heat-clearing action, without being cold, so makes beetroot good for Yin-deficiency Heat type, or Heart and Spleen Blood deficient type, skin problems.
I got this recipe via my mother who took me to stay with a very elderly aunt, whose companion was an equally old Hungarian, thought to have been a Countess in a former life, now fallen on hard times.
Whether she had been a Countess, or the cook to a Countess I never discoverd, but this recipe is a Countess among Borsch recipes.
It contains all sorts of different things, but no sugar! The root vegetables combine to produce a greatly superior dish.
By the way, the fresh leaves of beetroot can be used in salads in summer or cooked like spinach in winter.
If you are Yin deficient, the time taken to prepare and make this soup is beneficial to your health, as long as you don't hurry.
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read!
I'm gradually improving this, but 'Qi Stagnation' and 'Yin Deficiency' still remain to be re-edited.
Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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