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An Introduction To Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Diet Recipes

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diet perspective, natural food is part of the medicine and it is an effective tool to help nourish and harmonise your body, mind, and spirit.

There is no distinctive difference between medicine and food. These 8 TCM diet recipes use traditional chinese medicine and natural food with different characteristic and properties to supercharge your health needs.

The simple ingredients used and steps integrates healthy tcm diet into your daily busy schedule.

Here Is The Recommended List Of 8 TCM Diet Recipes To Take:

1. Dried longan

Dried longan is beneficial to strengthen the heart and improve quality of sleep for people with insomnia. For people with Qi deficiency or blood deficiency, longan can be used to generate the Qi and improve the blood circulation to ameliorate the symptoms of pale skin, dizziness, headache, palpitation and weak pulse.

dried longan tcm diet

Dried longan is high in antioxidants which help to absorb free radical and prevent disease caused by cell damage. For people with diabetes need to consider the sugar content of dried longan and eat in moderation.

In TCM diet, Dried longan can be included in your daily recipe such as soup, drink, porridge or dessert. A traditional TCM recipe that used Dried longan to make healthier version of Jelly.

TCM Diet Recipes – Longan, wolfberries and chrysanthemum Jelly

Ingredients and Instruction

  • 3 tablespoons longan
  • 3 tablespoons wolfberries
  • 2 tablespoons of dried chrysanthemum
  • 5 tablespoons of rock sugar
  • 1 tablespoon agar-agar powder
  • 1.5L water
  1. Clean chrysanthemum flower and dried longan with running water.
  2. Mix agar-agar powder, rock sugar and water together in a pot.
  3. Add dried longan, chrysanthemum flowers and wolfberries.
  4. Stir and bring to boil under medium heat.
  5. Lower the heat and stir continuously for another minute.
  6. Pour the agar-agar into mould or bowl and leave the jellies to set in fridge for few hours before serve.


2. Lily bulb

Lily bulb is used to provide moisture to the lung and treat respiratory disorders such as coughing and sore throat. It works to balance the heat from lung and relieve the heart fire by calming the nerves.

lily bulb with mung bean congee

Lily bulb can be easily included in your diet follow by the TCM diet recipe below.

TCM Diet Recipes – Lily bulb with Mung Bean Congee

Ingredients and Instruction

  • 1/2 cup mung bean
  • 1/3 cup white rice
  • 1/2 cup dried lily bulb / 2 pieces of fresh lily bulb
  • 10 cups of water
  • Honey (Optional)
  1. Wash all the mung bean, white rice and lily bulb.
  2. Boiled 10 cups water in a pot.
  3. Add all the ingredients and turn to low heat when it is boiled. Continue to cook around 40-50 minutes.
  4. Served after cool. Add honey if necessary.


3. Chinese Red dates

Red dates can be used to improve circulation of blood by replenish your blood. It is beneficial for liver and digestive function.

Red dates are high in polyphenols, an antioxidant compound to protect your body cell from inflammation. Potassium level in red dates also can improve heart health and helps to excrete excess sodium from body to prevent high blood pressure.

chinese beetroot, carrot with red date soup

The high fibre content of red dates are beneficial for digestive health by improving bowel movement and stool frequency to prevent constipation.

TCM Diet Recipes – Chinese Beetroot, Carrot with Red Date Soup

Ingredients and Instruction

  • 1 beetroot
  • 2 carrot
  • 8 red dates
  • 350g pork ribs
  • 1 corn on cob
  • 2 tablespoon of black eye peas
  1. Peel beetroot and carrot and cut into wedges.
  2. Bring pork ribs in pot to boil for 3 minutes. Rinse with water.
  3. Add all ingredients and 1 litre of water in a pot.
  4. Bring it to boil under high heat and lower to medium heat to cook for another 40-50 minutes.


4. Lingzhi mushroom

Lingzhi Mushroom is an oriental fungus that use to promote health and longevity in China, Japan and other Asian countries. It can further improve overall health effectively and boost your immunity by increasing the activity of white blood cell to fight infection for people with cancer and other diseases such as flu, asthma, bronchitis and liver disease.

lingzhi mushroom tea recipe

A compound found in LingZhi mushroom called triterpenes may help to prevent high blood pressure and reduce the symptoms of allergy.

TCM Diet Recipes – Lingzhi Mushroom Tea Recipe

Ingredients and Instruction

  • 3-5 grams Lingzhi mushroom (dried, sliced or grounded)
  • 8 slices mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • 800ml of water
  1. Add Lingzhi mushroom powder or slices into boiled water and boil for 30 minutes.
  2. Off the heat to let mushroom steep in it for half an hour or longer.
  3. Add honey and stir it well.
  4. Filter the mixture into a glass jar and serve.


5. Chinese yam

Chinese Yam is often called shan yao, commonly use to replenish Qi and enhance the spleen, lung and kidney function. It can promote the Qi production and nourish the spleen to improve appetite and child indigestion.

chinese yam soup recipe with pumpkin

It can be use for people with lung Qi deficiency and to improve the symptoms of shortness of breath and having weak voice. It is also suitable for people with diabetes due to its lowering blood sugar effect.

TCM Diet Recipes – Chinese Yam Soup with Pumpkin

Ingredients and Instruction

  • Ingredients and Instruction
  • 500g Chinese yam
  • 50g pumpkin
  • 3-4 tablespoons of rock sugar
  1. Peel pumpkin and Chinese yam. Cut pumpkin into slices and Chinese yam into small cube.
  2. Infused Chinese yam in water before cook to avoid oxidized into black.
  3. Boil pumpkin or heat in microwave for 5-10 minutes and use spoon to mash the pumpkin and add into soup pot.
  4. Add 1 litre of water and 3-4 tablespoons of rock sugar to cook until boil.
  5. Add Chinese yam and bring it boil until Chinese yam is tender to serve.


6. Chinese wolfberries / Goji Berries

Chinese wolfberries are rich in antioxidant called beta-carotene which is beneficial to improve eyesight, anti-aging and disease fighting effect. It can provide nourish to the skin and improve blood production to enhance your skin complexion.

lime and chinese wolfberries smoothie

Chinese wolfberries are made up by complex carbohydrates which can raise blood sugar slower and improve sugar tolerance, suitable for people with diabetes.

TCM Diet Recipes – Lime and Chinese wolfberries Smoothie

Ingredients and Instruction

  • 1 small banana
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese wolfberries
  • 2 big strawberries, diced and frozen
  • Half lime, juiced
  • Half cup almond milk / low fat milk
  • Water or ice as necessary


7. Black fungus

Black fungus is rich in Iron which is beneficial to nourish the blood and aids in blood production to prevent iron deficiency anaemia. It is also high in dietary fibre to promote bowel movement and increase satiety, so preventing constipation and help to lose weight.

traditional chinese medicine black fungus salad

Polysaccharides from black fungus may lower the blood cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

TCM Diet Recipes – Black fungus salad

Ingredients and Instruction

  • 1.5 cup black fungus
  • 1 cup of green, red, yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of almond smashed
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon black vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon of low sodium light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey as needed
  1. Boil black fungus and cook 2-3 minutes in a boiling water. Rinse with water and drain to set aside.
  2. Mixed and stir the light soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, honey in a small bowl well.
  3. Add black fungus and bell pepper into large bowl, pour the sauce on top and topping with cilantro and almonds.
  4. Mix well and serve.


8. Licorice root

Licorice root contain anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties and is used to relieve gastrointestinal problem such as stomach ulcer, gastritis and heartburn. It is beneficial in respiratory system to produce healthy mucus and increasing phlegm production to replace the old, sticky mucus clogging respiratory tract.

licorice ginger tea

Too much licorice root extract in long term can cause low potassium level in and causes muscle weakness. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people with hypertension should avoid licorice root.

TCM Diet Recipes – Licorice Ginger Tea

Ingredients and Instruction

  • 1 litre of water
  • 1.5 tablespoon licorice root
  • 1/2 finger of fresh, sliced, not peeled ginger
  1. Add Licorice root, ginger and water in a pot.
  2. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Filter with a strainer into jugs.
  4. Ready to serve.
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