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March 15, 2022

Pork (Zhū ròu - 猪肉)

Pork is the culinary name for meat from the domestic pig (Sus domesticus). It is one of the most commonly consumed meats worldwide, with evidence of pig husbandry dating back to 5000 BC. Pork is eaten both freshly cooked and preserved.

The consumption of pork is prohibited in Judaism, Islam, and some Christian denominations such as Seventh-day Adventism.

Based on TCM, pork can be used to enriches yin, moistens dryness, and supplements blood.

The preparation methods of pork are boiled, fried/roasted, grilled, or as soup.

Pork contains protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

Some indications that can be reduced by pork are:

  * Qi and blood vacuity: emaciation, lack of strength, and muscle weakness.

  * Liver and kidney yin vacuity: dry eyes, night sweat, hypomenorrhea (scant menstruation), weakness and   

      pain in hip, back, and bones.

  * Dryness: thirst,

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March 02, 2022

Beef (Niú ròu - 牛肉)

Beef is the culinary name for meat from cattle (Bos taurus).

In prehistoric times, humans hunted aurochs and later domesticated them. Since that time, numerous breeds of cattle have been bred specifically for the quality or quantity of their meat. Today, beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world, after pork and poultry. As of 2018, the United States, Brazil, and China were the largest producers of beef.

Based on TCM, beef can be used to supplements qi and blood, supplements stomach and spleen, strengthens yang, strengthens sinews, muscles and bones.

The preparation methods of beef are boiled, steamed, fried/roasted, or in soup.

Beef contains protein, fat, vitamin B1 and B2, calcium, phosphorus, and iron.

Some indications that can be reduced by beef are:

  * Qi and blood vacuity: lack of strength, weakness in knees and legs, spontaneous sweating, emaciation,   

      especially

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February 16, 2022

Pineapple (菠萝 – Bō luó)

The pineapple is indigenous to South America, where it has been cultivated for many centuries. The introduction of the pineapple to Europe in the 17th century made it a significant cultural icon of luxury. Since the 1820s, pineapple has been commercially grown in greenhouses and many tropical plantations.

Pineapples grow as a small shrub; the individual flowers of the unpollinated plant fuse to form a multiple fruit. The plant is normally propagated from the offset produced at the top of the fruit, or from a side shoot, and typically mature within a year.

Based on TCM, pineapple can be used to disperses summer heat, creates body fluids, thirst quenching, diuretic, and promotes digestion.

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February 02, 2022

Grape (Pú táo - 葡萄)

The Middle East is generally described as the homeland of grape and the cultivation of this plant began there 6,000–8,000 years ago. Yeast, one of the earliest domesticated microorganisms, occurs naturally on the skins of grapes, leading to the discovery of alcoholic drinks such as wine. The earliest archeological evidence for a dominant position of wine-making in human culture dates from 8,000 years ago in Georgia.

Based on TCM, grape can be used to:

 * Flesh: creates body fluids, and relieves thirst.

 * Peel: transforms phlegm, down bears qi and disperses digestive obstructions.

Grape contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, and amaroids (bitters).

Some indications that can be reduced by grape are:

 * Stomach yin vacuity: restlessness, thirst, following excessive alcohol consumption.

 * Stomach qi upbearing counterflow: nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, diarrhea, and digestive obstruction.       

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January 23, 2022

Malt

Malt is germinated cereal grain that has been dried in a process known as "malting". The grain is made to germinate by soaking in water and is then halted from germinating further by drying with hot air.

 

Malting grain develops the enzymes (α-amylase, β-amylase) required for modifying the grains' starches into various types of sugar, including monosaccharide glucose, disaccharide maltose, trisaccharide maltotriose, and higher sugars called maltodextrines.

 

Based on TCM, malt can be used to warms and supplements center burner, moistens the lung, cough-relieving, removes dryness, relieves cramps and acute pain conditions, creates body fluids, and detoxifies.

 

The preparation methods of malt are as syrup or powder, dissolve in water, as powder or decoction.

 

Malt contains maltose, vitamin B, and iron.

 

Some indications that can be reduced by malt are:

 * Stomach and s

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