Sardines ("pilchards") are a nutrient-rich, small, oily fish widely consumed by humans and as forage fish by larger fish species, seabirds and marine mammals.

Based on TCM, sardines can be used to supplements qi, yang, and blood; warms stomach and spleen, and supplements kidneys.

The preparation methods of sardines are deep-fried, fried, grilled, or boiled.

Sardines contains protein, fat, minerals and a source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Some indications that can be reduced by sardines are:

  * Stomach and spleen vacuity: lack of appetite, lack of strength, indigestion, edema.

  * Kidney network vacuity: impotence, decreased libido, back pain and weakness, sinew and bone weakness.

Note: this is just an information regarding sardines. For the usage and dosage and for the specific health issue, please consult with the herbalist or your health care provider.



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