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Here's a source of vegetable recipes that are
though please, take care to eat foods that you know your body can absorb without problems!
Vegetables come in many forms, and people where you live may have no experience of vegetables deemed common in another part of the world.
Chinese medicine developed mainly in China so uses vegetables that many in the West are still not familiar with.
You might need to eat a lot of a given food, or repeatedly, to notice quick effects in your Yin, Yang, Blood or Qi.
For herbs, which act like concentrated foods, the effects are faster, but unless the body has the energy and right nutrition, it can't maintain the state the herb is urging on it.
So you need good nutrition to get and stay well. Vegetables play an enormously important role in providing you with good nutrition.
In general, Chinese medicine favours cooked food, eaten hot. While this certainly matters if you are ill, because your Stomach Yang energy is depleted when you are ill, when you are well, and assuming your environment isn't cold, I see few problems with fresh, raw salads, for example.
In hot weather or environments, raw food is cooling. But it takes more energy to digest raw food, so if you have a tendency to poor digestion, stick to cooked food, eaten hot and regularly.
This is one of a number of warming vegetable recipes. However, though celery has in Chinese medicine a cooling, yin quality, celeriac is a little more warming. This recipe combines both celery and celeriac to create a yin-nourishing soup that is warming without being heating.
Once liquidised it looks like a cream soup, but there are no oils in it at all - other than naturally found in the vegetables themselves - though a different method of cooking could have introduced them - eg by gently frying the leek before adding the other ingredients.
Celeriac is a turnip-sized root vegetable that tastes rather like celery. It has a firm flesh. To prepare it, cut off the tough exterior, then chop into one-centimetre sized cubes. You'll need a sharp knife and a bit of muscle.
For this recipe you need a chopping board, a sharp knife, a large pan with a lid, and about 40 minutes. You'll also need a liquidiser.
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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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