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USING THE POWER OF FOOD

The use of food in healing dates back several thousand years before Christ. Traditional Asian medicine classifies foods by their effect on the body, their taste, and the direction in which energy moves inside the body. The following are many food remedies that are used in Macrobiotic Shiatsu.

Grains-For Internal Use

Grains-External Use

Soup

Vegetables - Internal

Special Vegetables

Vegetables- External

Salt & Water

Seaweeds

Teas and Beverages


USING THE POWER OF FOOD

The following food remedies have been used successfully for many years. Enjoy them with family and friends. Remember that special remedies work best when incorporated into a natural whole-foods, macrobiotic diet.

Grains-For Internal Use

Brown Rice Cream

In a cask iron skillet dry roast 1 cup of brown rice until it is golden color. Do not use oil. Put rice in a pot, add 7-10 cups of purified water (not chlorinated tap water) and bring to a boil. Cover, lower the flame and simmer 3-4 hours. It is quicker to use a pressure cooker. Reduce water to 5 cups and pressure cook for 2 hours. Squeeze cooled contents through a cotton cheese cloth and save. Add sea salt to your portion as you use it. It can be eaten as is or topped with sesame salt or nori.

Uses: recovering from sickness, fatigue, and lack of appetite.

 

Brown Rice Soup

Add 1/4 - 1/2 cup cooked rice to miso soup. Have only soup for the meal.

Uses: good when sick or weak and the inability to digest heavy meals.

 

Pearl Barley (semen coix)

Make a soup using 1 cup cooked Pearl Barley, carrots, onions, wakame sea vegetable and enough water to make soup consistency. Season to taste. Eat 1 bowl per day. Another method of using pearl barley is to add 10 percent pearl barley to brown rice. Eat regularly.

Uses: hemorrhoids, warts, moles, some cancers, and the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Pearl barley, known as Job's Tears and Hato Mugi in Japanese has been used to reduce tumors, swelling, inflammation, and heat in the body. It has been used extensively in the Orient.

 

Brown Rice and Malted Barley Sweeteners

Add 1/2 -1 teaspoon to morning porridge or as sweetener in desserts.

Uses: supplies calories and controls appetite, better quality substitute sweetener sugar and honey.

 

Brown Rice Mochi

Pound cooked sweet brown rice for a long time, until the grains are broken and begin to stick together or you can get is prepared in natural food stores.

Uses: good for weak people, good source of energy for physical labor, good for children, and increases breast milk. Mugwort mochi is a good source of iron-good for anemia.

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Grains-External Use

Brown Rice or Barley/Greens Plaster

Mix 70 percent cooked grain with 30 percent raw green leaves in a mortar and pestle or suribachi. Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger. Crush this mixture together. Spread on cotton towel approximately 1/2 inch thick and place on body area to be treated. The grain/green mixture touches the skin directly. Secure in place for 4 hours or overnight. Continue until you feel better.

Uses: to reduce swelling and inflammation, pain, and itch. Good on boils, sore spots, insect bites, lymph nodes, breast, and bruises.

 

Buckwheat Plaster

Mix buckwheat flour with enough warm water and knead it to obtain a stiff dough that is not too wet. Spread 3/4 inch layer directly on the skin, and hold it in place with a piece of cotton cloth. Remove after 1-2 hours, or when the dough has become soft and watery. Replace the plaster with a fresh one. Must be applied often to get results.

Uses: to draw out swelling and remove excess water, can be use on the abdomen, pleural cavity, or on joints, can be applied on the bladder area to increase possibility of urinating.

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Soup

Miso Soup

Place sea vegetable and water in soup pot and bring to boil. Simmer while cut the vegetables to similar size and shape. Remove sea vegetable, cool briefly and cut. Return chopped sea vegetable to pot. Add all ingredients to soup pot except miso and slow boil until done, up to one-half hour, depending on how vegetables are cut. Soup vegetables are well cooked so they melt in our mouth. A side dish of vegetables may be more lightly cooked. Dilute miso in a little of the hot soup liquid and add during the last three minutes of gentle simmering. It's important not to cook the miso at a rolling boil that would kill the beneficial bacteria. Use organic ingredients, 1-3 year old, unpasteurized miso.

Uses: for strength, stamina, supports metabolism, prevents allergies, and increases circulation, purifies blood.

 

Shredded Kombu Soup

Add 1-2 tablespoons of shredded kombu to miso soup. Or add to hot water, stir, season with shoyu (soy sauce) and eat.

Uses: for fatigue, cleans the blood.

 

Egg Drop Soup

Add one organic, fertilized egg to miso soup.

Uses: for weakness, anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency, and heart failure. Use only occasionally.

 

Carp Soup (Koi Koku)

Cut fish into 1 inch pieces. Cut burdock into thinly shaved pieces, like sharpening a pencil with a knife. Saute the burdock for 10-20 minutes in oil. Add the fish and cover with enough water to cover over fish with 2 inches. Tie some bancha or Kukicha leftovers together in a cheesecloth. Add this sack to soup pot. The tea leaves or twigs will help soften the fish bones. Bring to a boil and cook for at least 2 hours (up to 4-8 hours) on a low flame. If you use a pressure cooker cook for 1-2 hours. Remove the tea bag and add miso and ginger. Season to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions. Eat 1-2 bowls per day. Variation: instead of carp with burdock, you can use snapper or trout with carrots.

Uses: strengthens the whole system, decreased energy, decreased sexual vitality, lack of mother's milk, and anemia.

 

Round Vegetable Soup

Chop similar size pieces of several round or sweet vegetables such as winter squash, daikon, carrot, onion, turnip, cabbage, and wakame sea vegetable. Make soup as you normally would. Season with sea salt, miso, or tamari.

Uses: good to regulate desire for sweets, maintains constant blood sugar level therefore it is good for diabetes and hypoglycemia.

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Vegetables - Internal

Upper Body Influence-Receives Upward Moving Energy. General principle: leafy green vegetables positively affect this upper area of the body. Everyone should have fresh cooked green vegetables 1-2 times/day. They are good sources of mineral and fiber. Examples are: kale, mustard greens, cabbage, dandelion, etc.

Use wild plants occasionally such as nettle, wild onion, miner's lettuce, dandelion, watercress, and malva. Get a wild plants handbook or take classes to learn to identify nature's harvest. Mix together with salad or vegetables in small amounts.

 

Middle Body Influence-Receives Balanced Energy. General principle: round vegetable positively affect the center segment of the body. It receives a blend of upward and downward moving energies.

All round vegetables contain this influence. Examples are winter squash and cabbages.

Aduki/Squash/Kombu Dish

An excellent dish to nourish the central body segment is aduki/squash/kombu.

Wash aduki beans. Cut soaked kombu sea vegetable into 1 inch pieces. Place kombu pieces in the bottom of a pot, and place aduki beans on top. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 40 minutes. Add squash. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Be sure enough water is in pot. Season to taste with sea salt or tamari.

Uses: helpful in regulating the blood sugar level such as hypoglycemia and diabetes, useful in taming the sweet craving, lack of vitality, good for any kidney problem. Some people enjoy it as a dessert.

Lower Body Influence-Receives Downward Moving Energy. General principle: root vegetables positively affect this lower portion of the body.

Examples are lotus root that also influences the lung area (coughs and breathing difficulties); burdock root that is a blood purifier (infections), good for constipation, and has strengthening action in the body (chronic fatigue syndrome and allergies); daikon root that serves as a diuretic and softening agent (inflammatory swelling like arthritis and edema).

Carrot Spread

Pressure cook carrots in water for 5 minutes (or boil until tender in water to cover). Drain, reserving broth. Purée carrots with remaining ingredients. Gradually add broth only if needed for creamier texture.

Uses: for weak people, those who are cold, good energy source, and it is easy to digest.

 

Carrot/Daikon Mixture

Pour 1/2 cup twig tea over ingredients, add 1 teaspoon green nori flakes. Take on empty stomach before breakfast. Wait 30-60 minutes before eating.

Uses: breaks up accumulated fat. Good for fat people to skip breakfast, this way they will lose weight quickly.

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Special Vegetables

Umeboshi

Cook 1 umeboshi with brown rice instead of using sea salt.

Add umeboshi pieces to center of brown rice balls to be used a snack or travel food.

Eat as is.

Add umeboshi pieces to hot water or tea.

Uses: a powerful and useful food, good for food poisoning, upset stomach, water contamination, diarrhea, constipation, motion sickness, headache, and decreases fatigue.

 

Baked Umeboshi or Umeboshi Pits

Roast the plum or saved pits in the oven at a very high temperature. Crush them into a black powder. Store in sealed container. Use 1/2 -1 teaspoon charred powder mixed with 1 cup water or tea. If you crush the pit you will find a seed inside. Eat this seed it contains vitamin B17 (laetrile)-an anti-cancer agent. Bake umeboshi is a very yang preparation.

Uses: getting rid of unfriendly intestinal bacteria, painful gas buildup, intestinal cancer, stomach ulcer, colds, and diarrhea. Good for strengthening the immune system.

 

Shiitake Mushroom

Cook with other vegetables or add to soup. Dried shiitake, reconstituted with water and cooked can be used 2-3 times per week.

Uses: good source of protein, contains anti-cancer agents, breaks up fat, eliminates cholesterol, and relaxes an over tense or stressed body. It is not a good idea to eat any variety of mushroom raw.

 

Black Soy Beans

Soak overnight and cook 10 percent black soy beans in with brown rice. Eat 2-3 times per week. Can also be used in a soup.

Uses: good for constipation, female troubles such as menstruation irregularities, and hardening or swelling of the breast.

 

Sesame Kuzu Pudding (Goma Dofu)

Dilute 1/4 sesame butter with 2 1/2 pure water until thin. Add 1 heaping tablespoon kuzu root powder stir. Cook until it becomes creamy, 5-10 minutes. Place in mold to set up. Mix 1 part soy sauce to 1 part water, use as dip sauce.

Uses: easy to digest dish for those with weak intestines, general weakness.

 

Gomasio

Roast 1-3 teaspoons unrefined sea salt in skillet until dry, about 1-2 minutes. Place roasted salt in mortar or suribachi. Add 1 cup whole (unhulled) sesame seeds in the skillet and stir over medium heat until they taste good, are dry, or crush easily between the pressure of 2 fingers, 5-10 minutes. If seeds pop a lot, heat is too high. Grind salt, then add seeds and grind together until half the seeds are pulverized, about 5-10 minutes. Store in a sealed container. Use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon on grains and vegetables.

Uses: stimulates the appetite and tastes good, good for over acidity, relieves tiredness, strengthens the nervous system.

 

Tekka

Tekka is a mixture of burdock root, carrot, lotus root, grated ginger, miso, and sesame oil roasted together for a long time in a cask iron skillet. Buy prepared Tekka seasoning at natural foods stores, use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon on grains and vegetables.

Uses: used for fatigue, anemia, good as a tonic, influences asthma, diarrhea, strengthens the heart.

 

Shiso

Shiso is the purple/red leaf the comes in umeboshi and that gives the ume its distinctive color and flavor. The leaf is high in calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B2, C. Use as sprinkling on grains and vegetables.

Uses: anemia, cough, lack of urine production, irritability, common colds.

 

Small Dried Fish (Chirimen)

Sprinkle small portion of ground up chirimen (obtained from Oriental markets) on grains. You also can soak in water until soft, 15-30 minutes, and add to moist wakame sea vegetable. Season with brown rice vinegar and soy sauce for salad.

Uses: good for poor digestion, osteoporosis, lack of calcium, mineral and protein source.

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Vegetables- External

Green Plaster

Mash up 2-3 leaves of cabbage greens or other available green leafy vegetable, and place directly on affected area. When leaves are warm, replace with fresh compress.

Uses: to draw heat out of the body, inflammatory conditions such as mumps.

 

Green Cap

Place leaf from cabbage or other broad sized green directly on the head, wearing it like a cap. While it may look silly it is helpful at drawing out excess head heat.

Uses: good for fevers and some types of headaches.

 

Miso Plaster

In a sauce pan, heat up miso mixed with water to consistency like cottage cheese. Pour liquid onto towel and place on area you want to treat such as the abdomen. Cover with a dry towel to retain heat longer. Warm again when cool.

Uses: for any cold conditions and swollen abdomen.

 

Miso Used Externally

Spread miso paste directly on the skin.

Uses: for bleeding, itchy skin diseases, any kind of swelling, and for burns. Put on minor burns after soaking burn part in salted cold water. Immediately apply miso to shut air out.

 

Lotus Plaster

Grate fresh lotus root with a cheese grater. Mix with 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root and enough white flour to make it all stick together. Spread on towel approximately 1/2 inch thick. Place towel on forehead with moist material directly touching the skin. Secure in place and leave over night.

Uses: dissolves mucus deposits in the throat and bronchi, good for nasal congestion, and sinus irritation or inflammation.

 

Lotus Root Plug

Place small piece of lotus root up into nostril. Don't force it. Allow it naturally to settle into a comfortable position. Keep in place while you sleep.

Uses: clears up sinus congestion.

 

Scallion Plug

Place one inch piece of the white part of a scallion into nostril. Allow it to remain in place as you sleep. The onion family of vegetables calms the nerves.

Uses: good for sinus congestion, excessive mucus buildup, helps with insomnia.

 

Ginger Compress

Bring 3-4 quarts of water to boil, place about a golf ball size of fresh grated ginger root in a cotton cloth, cheesecloth, or a handkerchief. Put this ball into the boiled water that is now just below the boiling point. Don't let the liquid boil again as this lessens it effectiveness. The mixture is now ready to use. Dip a towel into the hot ginger water trying to keep the ends dry, as the liquid is very hot. Hold by the ends of the towel and dip in the center portion., Wring it out and place directly on the area to be treated. Place a second, dry towel on top to reduce heat loss. Apply a fresh hot towel every minute or so and continue until the skin becomes red, about 15-20 minutes.

Uses: muscle tension, promotes circulation of body fluids such as blood and lymph fluid, it has a stimulating effect, reduces stagnation, used for 3-5 minutes before a Taro Plaster to warm area.

 

Taro Plaster

Wash 3-4 taro potato roots and peel off the skins. Grate the remaining potatoes and add enough white flour to bind the mash. You do not want the mixture to be too dry. If it is too dry it will lose its drawing power. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger root. Spread mixture on a damp cotton towel or cheesecloth about 1/2 inch thick. Place plaster on affected area so that the taro mixture is directly on the skin. Secure and keep on for 2-4 hours.

Uses: cooling agent to reduce heat or inflammation, reduces trauma induced swelling and pain, helpful in reducing hardness and size of some tumors.

 

Potato Plaster

Peel and grate regular potatoes. This makes a moist paste. Mix with enough white flour to make it stick together. Add 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger root. Spread mixture on a damp cotton towel or cheesecloth about 1/2 inch thick. Place plaster on affected area so that the potato mixture is directly on the skin. Secure and keep on for 2-4 hours.

Uses: cooling agent to reduce heat or inflammation, reduces trauma induced swelling and pain, helpful in reducing hardness and size of some tumors. This plaster is less strong then taro potato plasters.

 

Ginger Oil

Mix 1 part pure sesame oil and 1 part fresh squeezed ginger juice together. Grated ginger on a cheese grater. Store in refrigerator. Use small amount rubbed and skin and/or spine.

Uses: increase skin circulation, warms body, stimulates spine and nervous system.

 

Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is my favorite oil. Toasted sesame oil is tasty. For variety use regular, toasted, and dark toasted sesame oil.

Uses: good for burns, after soaking minor burn area in cool salted water; good for dry skin, cracked nipples; in the eye-first boil the oil, then strain it through sterile gauze. With an eye dropper, put 2-3 drops in eye before sleep. It stings then pushes excess water out of the eye.

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Salt & Water

Salt Bath

Add 3 cups of sea salt to normal sized bath. Add very warm to hot water. Sit and relax for 10-20 minutes.

Uses: relaxes and over tense body; increases circulation, especially lower portions; draws toxins out of the body.

 

Salt Pack

Roast 1-11/2 cups sea salt in a dry pan until hot and then wrap in a cotton sock, pillow case or a thick linen or cotton towel. Apply to the troubled area. Change when the pack begins to cool.

Uses: abdominal cramps, menstrual cramps, diarrhea, ear pain such as after swimming, can be used to warm cool areas.

 

Salt Water Compress

Mix sea salt with pure water to the taste of the ocean. Dip towel into solution. Slightly wring out and place on affected area. Change before it becomes warm.

Uses: sanitizes area, helpful with burns.

 

Salt Water Wash

Dissolve small amount of sea salt in pure water. Taste should be salty like the ocean.

Uses: for inflamed or sore throat, gargle with mixture; for nasal obstruction and tendency toward excess mucus production and nasal trouble, rinse the sinuses by sniffing salt water up the nostrils; for eye redness, burning, allergy reactions, wash eyes with solution by placing water in an eye cup, placing over one opened eye for 3-5 seconds. Repeat with other eye.

 

Cold Water Shower

After taking a hot bath or shower and your body is comfortably hot, finish with a brief cold shower. Turn hot water completely off so that only cold water remains, take a deep breath and step in the stream of water. Start with water on the top of the head first then let it splash the rest of your body as you turn around slowly several time. Remain in shower from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. It is an easy process to do after the first few times. Surprisingly, you are always warm after the shower.

Uses: good for poor circulation, increases blood flow, stimulates the nervous system, good for people who are cold frequently, strengthens the body's ability to adapt.

Seaweeds

Kombu Soaking Water

Place 1 piece of kombu sea vegetable in 2 quarts of water to soak overnight. Use water for everything from soups and teas, to steaming broth and water for your plants.

Uses: all sea vegetables are effective in dealing with environmental pollutants including radiation. They are also good sources of iodine and positively affect the thyroid gland.

 

Hijiki-Vegetable Sauté

Soak hijiki in water until reconstituted, about 20 minutes. In a large skillet, heat oil and sauté onion and carrot briefly. Push vegetables to side of pan, and transfer hijiki to pan. Put vegetables on top of hijiki. Pour soak water over hijiki to a depth of 1/2 inch. Take care to avoid using the last bit of water where sand or other particles may have settled. Cover and bring to boil, then turn heat to medium-low to slow -boil until done, about 15 minutes. Broth should be evaporated. Add soy sauce and parsley or green onion tops and cook a couple of minutes more, uncovered. You can substitute arame for hijiki.

Use: good for osteoporosis and other bone illnesses because of high calcium content, anemia, high blood pressure, allergies, arthritis, rheumatism, and nervous disorders.

 

Nori Condiment

Tear up 3-4 sheets of toasted nori sea vegetable into a frying pan. Add a little water and tamari to moisten. Cook until smooth, approximately 15 minutes so that very little liquid remains and you are left with a paste. Eat 1 teaspoon per day on rice.

Uses: good for lack of strength, fatigue, lack of appetite. It cleans the blood by supplying minerals.

 

Shio Kombu

Start with left over kombu from soaking. Chop into 1 inch squares. Cover with a 50/50 mixture of water and tamari. Heat until soft. Be sure enough liquid is present to prevent burning. When it is ready all liquid should be allow to evaporate. Use 1-2 pieces per meal.

Uses: fatigue, mentally weak or dull, lack of concentration, strengthens the immune system.

 

Roasted Sea Vegetable Powder

Place whole package of sea vegetable on cookie sheet in preheated 350 oven. Bake for 3-5 minutes for most sea vegetables, or up to 10-15 minutes for wakame. Over cooking makes it taste bitter. Pulverize into powder with your hands or a mortar and pestle (or suribachi). Two cups dry seaweed, baked and pulverized, yields just 1/2 cup flakes or 2 tablespoons powder. Store in tightly covered container. Use in soups or on grains and vegetables.

Uses: good for fatigue, helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome, excellent source of minerals the body can assimilate, and helps to stop bleeding.

 

Roasted Seaweed Powder with Seeds

Bake sea vegetable on cookie sheet in preheated 350 oven. Bake for 3-5 minutes for most sea vegetables, or up to 10-15 minutes for wakame. Over cooking makes it taste bitter. Pulverize into powder with your hands or a mortar and pestle (or suribachi). Then bake seeds in same oven for 10-15 minutes, checking seeds after 8 minutes. Sprinkle or spray seeds with soy sauce, stir, and return seeds to over to toast until dry, about 2 minutes more. Instead of baking, a dry skillet may be used on stove-top, but this method demands constant attention. Crush seeds with a rolling pin and mix with crumbled sea vegetables. Store in tightly covered container. Use in soups or on grains and vegetables.

Uses: good for fatigue, helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome, excellent source of minerals the body can assimilate.

 

Seaweed Bath

Add 1 package of kombu sea vegetable to 1 gallon of water. Bring to boil for 15-30 minutes. Strain and put liquid into already filled hot bath tub. Soak for 10-20 minutes.

Uses: good for rough, irritated, or dry skin, softens skin and is a mineral source.

 

Kombu Plaster

Soak large piece of kombu sea vegetable. When it is fully reconstituted place directly on affected area.

Uses: calms down heat, burns, and cuts.

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Teas and Beverages

Brown Rice Tea

In a cast iron skillet, dry roast 1/2 cup of washed brown rice. Roast it to a golden yellow color. Place in sauce pan and add 1 quart water. Bring to boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add a pinch of sea salt during the cooking process. Strain and use 1 cup per serving.

Uses: serves as a nutrient source for those with inability to digest well, good for heating the body during winter.

 

Barley Tea

In a cast iron skillet, dry roast 1/2 cup of washed barley. Roast it to a golden brown color. Place in sauce pan and add 1 quart water. Bring to boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add a pinch of sea salt during the cooking process. Strain and use 1 cup per serving.

Uses: serves as a nutrient source for those with inability to digest well, good for cooling the body during summer.

 

Barley Bean Drink

Mix all ingredients together in sauce pan. Bring to boil and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Strain and use broth.

Uses: increases circulation to the skin, cleanses the kidneys, easy to absorb nutrient source for weak and under weight people, positively affects spleen and lymphatic system.

 

Kombu Tea

Boil a 6 inch strip of kombu in a quart of water for 15 minutes.

Uses: cleans and strengthens the blood, strengthens and calms the nervous system, positively affects the immune system.

 

Sweet Vegetable Drink

Dice and mix together 4 kinds of round and sweet vegetables to make 1 cup. Use winter squash, cabbages, carrot, daikon, onion, and kombu. Add assorted 1 cup of vegetables to 1 quart of water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain and use liquid. Take 1/2-1 cup broth 1-2 times per day.

Uses: maintains constant blood sugar level, helpful for diabetes and hypoglycemia, reduces craving for sweets, positively affects pancreas and spleen.

 

Fresh Squeezed Carrot juice

Juice organic carrots to make 1 cup fresh carrot juice or buy fresh juice from a good source.

Uses: supplies easy to absorb vitamins, minerals, and calories; satisfies craving for sweet taste.

 

Lotus Tea

Grate 2 inch piece of fresh lotus root. Squeeze out its juice through a cheesecloth. Add 2-3 drops of ginger juice and a few grains of sea salt or drops of soy sauce. Add equal volume of water and simmer for a few minutes. Or you can prepare from dried lotus root or lotus root powder. If you use dried lotus root, boil 6-10 slices in 1 cup of water for 15-20 minutes. Add ginger, sea salt and serve. For lotus root powder use 1-2 teaspoons and 1 cup water, simmer for 5 minutes, add ginger juice, sea salt and serve.

Uses: positively affects respiratory system; calms irritated mucus membranes of the lungs; good for bronchitis, asthma, cough; and sinus congestion and infections.

 

Fresh Lotus Juice

Crush fresh lotus root and squeeze out the juice. Drink 1/2 cup.

Uses: to stop nosebleeds, vaginal bleeding, discharge of blood from anus, and vomiting of blood.

 

Kombu/Shiitake Broth

Soak 2-4 shiitake mushrooms and a 6 inch piece of kombu for 30 minutes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Uses: cleans blood, softens hard condition such as stress, adds minerals to body, can be used as a broth for soups or stews, adds nutrition and flavor.

 

Shiitake Mushroom Tea

Soak 2-3 dried mushrooms for one hour, or until they are soft. Add 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil with a pinch of sea salt. Simmer for about 20 -30 minutes, until 3 cups of tea are left. Drink half a cup at a time.

Uses: eliminates the residue of excess protein and salt from the body, relaxes a tense condition, reduces high blood pressure, and increase urine.

 

Ume Concentrate

Mix 1 teaspoon ume concentrate in 1 cup boiled water or twig tea. Stir and drink.

Uses: strengthens and alkalinizes the blood, good for diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, lack of appetite, headache, and minor food poisoning.

 

Barley Green Beverage

Mix 1-2 teaspoons of Barley Green powder (product found in natural food stores also known as Green Magma) in 1 cup cool water. Stir and drink.

Uses: reduces heat and inflammations from the body such as inflammatory arthritis, hemorrhoids and rash; reduces stress and calms the body; supplies easy to digest nutrient base of vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll; reduces toxicity and side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

 

Reishi Tea

Boil 4-8 grams of Reishi mushroom (ganoderma lucidum) with small amount of licorice root in 1 quart of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 1 hour. Drink 1/2 - 2 cups, per day.

Uses: general tonic; good for allergies; enhances immune system; positively affects chronic fatigue syndrome; positively affects AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and ARC (AIDS related complex); reduces blood pressure; increases circulation to the lungs; good for asthma; strong anti-cancer effect.

 

Ume/Sho/Bancha Drink

Pour one cup of bancha twig tea over the meat of 1/2 -1 umeboshi plum and one teaspoon of tamari or soy sauce. Stir and drink hot.

Uses: strengthens the blood, regulates the digestion, stimulates circulation.

Kuzu Drink

Dissolve a heaping teaspoon of kuzu root powder into one cup of cold water. Add 1/2 of an umeboshi plum and a dash of soy sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to simmering, and stir constantly until the liquid becomes a transparent gelatin. A little bit of fresh grated ginger also can be added.

Uses: strengthens digestion, relieves diarrhea, increases vitality, and can relieve general fatigue.

 

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