Mushroom

Mushroom

mushroom

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Mushroom.

Chinese name: 蘑菇.

Thermal nature: Neutral.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Intestine, stomach and lung.

Properties: Strengthen spleen and improve appetite. Balance liver and improve alertness.  

Best for: Use for indigestion, low supply of breast milk and sleepiness. 

Serving for one person: 150 to 180g.

Dietary caution: People with poor low of energy should avoid eating mushrooms.

Medick

Medick

medick

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Medick.

Chinese name:苜蓿 .

Thermal nature: Neutral.

Flavor: Bitter, sweet (mild)

Organ meridian: Stomach and small intestine.

Properties: Cools the body and blood. Expel stones in bladder.

Best for: Use for heat-related diseases and inflammation in intestine. Also use for expelling stones in bladder.

Serving for one person: 90 to 150g.

Dietary caution: People with weak stomach and spleen should avoid eating medick.

Malabar spinach

Malabar spinach

malabar spinach

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Malabar spinach.

Chinese name: 木耳菜.

Thermal nature: Cold.

Flavor: Sweet, sour.

Organ meridian: Heart, liver, spleen, large and small intestine.

Properties: Relief constipation. Cools the body and relief dampness. Cools the blood and detox.

Best for: Use for reliving constipation. It is also used for improving blood flow for bruises.

Serving for one person: 30 to 60g.

Dietary caution: People with coldness in stomach and spleen should avoid eating malabar spinach. Women who are pregnant should avoid eating it too. 

Lettuce

Lettuce

lettuce

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Lettuce.

Chinese name: 莴苣.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet, bitter.

Organ meridian: Stomach, small intestine.

Properties: Encourage urination. Increase breast milk supply. Cools the body and detox.

Best for: Use for increasing the frequent of urination and supply of breast milk.

Serving for one person: 30 to 60g.

Dietary caution: People with weak stomach and spleen (loose stools) should avoid eating lettuce. Eating too much lettuce will cause blur vision.

Water spinach

Water spinach

water spinach

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Water spinach.

Chinese name: 空心菜.

Thermal nature: Cold.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Stomach and intestine.

Properties: Cools the body and encourage urination and detox.

Best for: Use for nose bleed, blood in stools and urine due to heat in blood.

Serving for one person: 60 to 120g.

Dietary caution: People with weak stomach and spleen (loose stools) should avoid eating water spinach.

Spinach

Spinach

spinach

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Spinach.

Chinese name: 菠菜.

Thermal nature: Neutral.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Liver, stomach, large and small intestine.

Properties: Nourishes the blood, stops bleeding, balances liver and moisturizes body.

Best for: Use for headache, giddiness, pain in eye area due to liver heat. 

Serving for one person: Not available.

Dietary caution: People with loose stools should limit consumption for spinach. People with kidney stones or inflammation must avoid eating spinach. 

Amaranth

Amaranth

Amaranth

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Amaranth.

Chinese name: 苋菜.

Thermal nature: Cold (slight).

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Large and small intestine.

Properties: Cools the body and detox. Relief constipation and difficulty in urination.

Best for: Use for relieving constipation and encourage urination.

Serving for one person: 30 to 60g.

Dietary caution: People with weak stomach and spleen (loose stools) should avoid eating amaranth.

Winter melon

Winter melon

winter melon

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Winter melon.

Chinese name: 冬瓜.

Thermal nature: Cold (slight).

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Lung, large and small intestine, bladder.

Properties: Encourage urination, cools body, dissolve phlegm, detox.

Best for: Use for water retention and dissolve phlegm. Excellent in cooling summer heat in the body. It is also used for removing poison caused by fishes, wine.

Serving for one person: 60 to 120g.

Dietary caution: People with loose stools should consume with limited quantity. 

Red bean

Red bean

red bean

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Red bean.

Chinese name: 赤小豆.

Thermal nature: Cold (slight).

Flavor: Sweet, sour.

Organ meridian: Heart, small intestine & spleen.

Properties: Encourage urination, relief water retention. Cools the body and detox.

Best for: Use for water retention especially lower part of body. 

Serving for one person: 10 to 30g.

Dietary caution: People with Yin deficiency should avoid eating red beans. 

Special note: There are two sizes of red beans in the market. The one that is mentioned here is the smaller, rounder types.