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Spring soup of green peas (Spring time according to Chinese medicine)

Food for spring cleaning

Suitable spring foods should be sour tastes and preferably green in colour. The sour taste promotes the energy of the liver and gallbladder. If both of these organs are weakened, it is advisable to add sweet foods. The basis of the diet should be easily digestible meals, but not raw food and cold food because they burden the digestion.
In principle, all spring vegetables are suitable:

parsley,
chive,
leek,
but also dandelions,
nettle,
daisies
bear garlic,
Brussels sprouts or asparagus are also good.
lentil,
mungo,
soya,
watercress.
garlic,
leek,
jujube (woodpecker),
eggplant,
spinach,
Chinese cabbage.
oat,
barley,
rye,
lighter types of wheat such as:
bulgur
couscous or whole-grain couscous
Spring soup of green peas

Ingredients

400 g fresh or frozen peas
1 larger potato
1 vegetable stock (fresh or made from organic cubes)
1 onion
1 tablespoon ghee (or butter)
2 teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves

You will need:

Dissolve the ghee in a pot and froth the chopped onion. Add the cubes of potatoes, saute and pour the stock.
Cook over low heat until soft. Then pour in the peas and thyme and cook for 5 minutes.
Pull from the fire and mix until smooth.

TIP – You can replace fresh thyme with ½ teaspoon of dried thyme, fresh basil, mint, or tarragon. For a finer taste,  can finally mix a little cream or oat alternatives.

Springtime according to Chinese medicine

In the spring, nature and human are in a very intense connection. In spring, a new biological year begins, in nature, it is the beginning of a new life cycle. Since early spring, in particular, is characterized by sudden weather changes, it is again necessary to ensure proper nutrition and supply the body with sufficient substances for care and maintenance of health.

Spring – wood – Little Yang
Energy direction:
up, the wind is giving birth to wood,
Organ:
Liver, gallbladder
Taste:
Acid, movement inward and downward

The Chinese say that the energy of the earth is still cold, that is, the cold is not only in the air but also in the country. It is good to feel that when the sun goes out behind the clouds or the wind rises, it is immediately cold. Spring wind is similar to winter wind, so a person who does not protect himself from the wind can easily cool down, even when it is quite warm.

In addition, the wind causes stress and restlessness, affects the nervous system, causes headaches or even nausea. One Chinese saying says the wind carries a hundred diseases. Spring reminds rheumatisms of their difficulties, which also wake up to life …

It is important not to get depressed and melancholy in the spring, as these emotions damage the energy of the liver. Anger is also harmful to them. For the overall support of the body in the spring, the period is an especially good mood. Especially no upset, because the anger and upset weakened liver mean deepening possible fatigue. According to traditional Chinese medicine, spring is the period of the wood element. Qi spring is linked to qi liver.

The liver and gall bladder belong to the wood element. Both organs are responsible for the smooth flow of energy and blood in the body, tension and relaxation, for physical flexibility (for example, joints, tendons, ligaments) and mental (anger, aggression).

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