Jujube

Jujube

Jujube

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Jujube.

Chinese name: 大枣.

Thermal nature: Neutral.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Heart, spleen, stomach.

Properties: Strengthen energy and clams the mind. Act as a harmonizer when used with other chinese herbs.

Best for: Use for strengthening spleen and improve energy. It also helps in improving appetite. It helps in relieving insomnia too.  

Serving for one person: 9 to 150g.

Dietary caution: People with dampness in spleen should avoid eating jujube.

Apricot

Persimmon

Persimmon

persimmon

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Persimmon.

Chinese name: 柿子.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Heart, lung, large intestine.

Properties: Cools the body and moisturize the lungs. Quench thirst.

Best for: Use for treating coughing (heat-type or coughed blood).

Serving for one person: 100 to 200g.

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

Special note: Persimmon can also be processed to be a dried fruit (picture below).

dried persimmon

Dried persimmon is warm (instead of cooling) in thermal nature. The main difference with fresh persimmon is that these dried ones has spleen strengthening properties and also helps to stops bleeding (internal & external).

Pear

Pear

pear

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Pear.

Chinese name: 梨.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet, sour (slight).

Organ meridian: Lung, stomach, heart.

Properties: Cools the bod. moisturize lungs and dissolve phlegm. 

Best for: Use for recovery phase after heat-related illness. It is also used for indigestion and constipation.

Serving for one person: 100 to 200g.

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

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. 

Crown daisy

Crown daisy

crown daisy

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Crown daisy.

Chinese name: 茼蒿.

Thermal nature: Cooling.

Flavor: Sweet, pungent.

Organ meridian: Heart, spleen and stomach..

Properties: Harmonize stomach and spleen. Dissolve phlegm and clams the mind. 

Best for: Use for stomach and spleen discomfort. It is also use for coughing (with phlegm) and improving sleep quality.

Serving for one person: 60 to 90g.

Dietary caution: People with loose stools should avoid eating crown daisy.

Lily

Lily

lily

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Lily.

Chinese name: 百合.

Thermal nature: Cold (slight).

Flavor: Sweet, bitter (slight)

Organ meridian: Heart, lung.

Properties: Nourish the lungs, claims the mind and helps in sleeping.

Best for: Use for coughing (due to yin deficiency) and treating blood in phlegm. Also use to improve sleeping quality and reduce the frequency of dreaming. 

Serving for one person: 6 to 12g.

Dietary caution: People who are coughing (cold-type) must avoid eating lily. People with loose stools should avoid lily too.

Lotus root

Lotus root

lotus root

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Lotus root.

Chinese name: 莲藕.

Thermal nature: Cold.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Heart, liver, spleen, stomach..

Properties: Cools body and blood, disperse clogs and stops bleeding.

Best for: Use for heat-type related illness and suitable for blood stale body type.

Serving for one person: Not available.

Dietary caution: Do not cook lotus root using cast iron wok. As lotus root is cold in thermal nature, people with weak spleen should avoid eating it. 

Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd

bitter gourd

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Bitter Gourd.

Chinese name: 苦瓜.

Thermal nature: Cold.

Flavor: Bitter.

Organ meridian: Spleen, heart & lung.

Properties: Cools body, brighten eyes and detox.

Best for: Use for quenching thirst from summer heat. Relief swollen  / pain in the eyes.  

Serving for one person: 30 to 60g.

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

Mung bean

Mung beans

mung beans

Suitable for following types of body constitution:

Name: Mung beans.

Chinese name: 绿豆.

Thermal nature: Cold.

Flavor: Sweet.

Organ meridian: Heart, liver & stomach.

Properties: Cools the body, encourage urination and detox.

Best for: Use for relieving heatiness in body. Highly suitable for treating heat-type flu and headaches or eye swollen/pain. 

Serving for one person: 15 to 30g. Heavy dosage goes up to 120g.

Dietary caution: The skin contains all the detox properties. Do not remove the skin if you want to remove food poisoning in body.