Nutritional Therapy__Foods for Healing

Roanoke VA 

Ginseng chicken soup is Chinese nutritional therapy that combines medicinal herbs with everday food to produce a nutritious and healing soup. This soup tonifies Yuan-source Qi-enhances overall levels of energy. This delicious soup also strengthens Spleen Qi and harmonizes the Stomach-increases ability of digestive system to fully digest and assimilate nutrients.


Try it!!  You'll like it!


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Gingered Spinach


Therapeutic Uses:  Facilitates blood circulation. Stimulates the production of stomach fluid. Nourishes the intestines to improve digestion. Treats constipation and excessive thirst due to internal dryness, anemia, hypertension and hemorrhoids.




q       ½ pound of spinach

q       1 tablespoon of ginger juice

q       2 tablespoons of vinegar

q       1 stalk of green onion

q       ½ teaspoon of salt

q       ½ tablespoon of cornstarch

q       2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

q       ½ tablespoon of sesame oil




1.     Wash spinach and cut it in half down the middle.

2.     Cut the green onion into 1-inch chunks.

3.     Make sauce by mixing ginger juice, vinegar, salt, cornstarch and a cup of water. Then sprinkle sesame oil over the mixed sauce.

4.     Heat vegetable oil in wok over high heat. Slide in green onions and stir-fry for 15 seconds.

5.     Slide in spinach and cook for 5 minutes.

6.     Pour the sauce over the spinach and continue stir-frying for 1 minute. Serve.


Serves 3.



Author of Unleashing the Power of Food, Recipes to Heal By

ISBN 1-891434-16-0, page 152


You may purchase bottled ginger juice or make your own. To make ginger juice at home, peel a large slice of fresh ginger, grate it on a hand grater, pack the gratings into a garlic press, and squeeze out the juice.






TO TREAT A COUGH once its root cause has been found, TCM doctors have used the following treatment modalities successfully over the millennia.


  • Acupuncture on specific meridians (energy pathways) related to the distressed organ (or organs) restores the flow of Qi and rebalances the affected organ or organs.



  •  Herbs in the form of herbal formulas are also used to address the root cause. Bai He Gu Jin Wan is a classical formula frequently used for this condition. 

  •  Diet: Certain foods can help heal this condition. Pears cooked with bitter almonds (available at Asian food markets) and honey is very beneficial for a cough as well as white mushrooms, lily bulbs (both also available at Asian food markets) and persimmons.




The essence of pear is cold and it travels to the Lung and Large Intestine meridians, cooling them down. The following recipe is very good for autumn coughs. If the cough is deep and accompanied by phlegm, a handful of almonds can be added to the recipe. Particularly effective are bitter almonds, also available at Asian food markets.


Traditional Pear Compote




  • 6 pears (any variety), chopped
  • 1/3 cup of rock sugar candy (available at Asian food markets) OR honey
  • 1/4 cup of water



Place all ingredients in a 2-quart covered pot in a double boiler. (If you do not have a double boiler, place the covered pot containing the pears in another larger pot with several inches of water in it. The larger, outside pot is the one that comes into contact with the heat source.) Double boil on low to medium heat for approximately 40 minutes until the pears are soft. Stir gently and serve warm in a bowl. Makes about 4 servings.