Five colors beans: black beans, red beans, white beans, soy beans, mung beans:
Qianshi ??(fox nuts), Yi Ren ??(Pearl Barley), red rice, sweet rice
Peanuts, Walnuts, Pinenuts or any other nuts or seeds (sunflower seeds etc) that you prefer.
Red dates, Raisins, Goji Berries, Dragon eyes, Lily petals, Lotus seeds, Huaishan ??(Chinese yam root).
About equal amounts of all of them. Use a pressure cooker at high temperature, after you hear the steam escaping, turn the temperature down to medium, cook 25-30 minutes.
Be sure to follow the instruction of how to use the pressure cooker.
Food for soaking overnight:
Rest of food added at time when you cook:
1. Black Beans: Kidney
2. Red Beans: Heart
3. White Beans: Lungs
4. Green: Liver
5. Yellow: Spleen/Stomach
6. Goji Berry: blood & kidney
7. Barley: removes water
8. Dates Red for blood and Qi
9. Dragon eye (Longan): blood
10. Walnuts: kidney
11. Lily bulb (Bai Hue): spleen
12. Fox nuts (Qian Shi): kidney
13. Lotus Seed (Tak Sh): kidney
Fox Nuts: Euryale seeds or fox nuts or gorgon or qian shi in mandarin. So many name variations. It is the seed of a certain water lily plant. The plant grows in water and has bright purple flowers.
Euryale seeds are mostly used in soups or roasted so that they pop (like pop corn). They are very hard and require long simmering to soften them. Not that they are that tasty. Fox nuts are believed to strengthen the kidneys and enhance sperm production.
Lily Bulb: Dried lily bulbs, also known as bai he, are the scales of the bulbs of the tiger lily flower.It is believed to be good for the lungs and it appears in many anti-flu recipes. The fresh version is also quite popular amongst chinese but they are not that easy to find. If you do find some, make sure you parboil them to get rid of the bitterness / spiciness before adding to your dishes. The dried lily bulbs should not be mistaken with the dried lily buds which is a different part of the tiger lily plant.
Longan: also known as “dragon’s eye” (because of an ovoid, white eye shaped mark on the pit). The longan is China’s gift to Southeast Asia, where it was brought by Chinese emigrants hundred of years ago. The evergreen longan tree has heavily foliaged branches with leathery leaves which have a glossy surface and underneath are covered with minute hair. The flowers are pale yellow and hairy. The juicy pulp, which is easily separated from its shell, is white and translucent. Embedded in it is a large, shiny jet black seed. The fruit has a juicy and sweet taste.
Longan is frequently eaten fresh or from the can in which it floats in its own juice, the longan can also be cooked with delicious results. In general, the fruit is considered tastier than the lychee but it is not as juicy. Longan is sometimes used instead of lychees or cherries in fruit salads, sweet and sour dishes and as garnish for cocktail drinks. The Javanese and the Chinese dry the fruit and then use it as a tea drink.
Lotus seed: Also known as lotus rice, traditional chinese herb which normally used to promote health. It has anti aging properties too. In chinese medicine, lotus seeds is flat sweet, astringent, and heart, lung
and kidney. With Invigorating the Spleen, Yifei, raise heart, kidney, and solid-intestine and so on. For heart palpitations, insomnia, physically weak, nocturnal emission, leucorrhea Guo more, chronic abdominal disorders embolism. lotus middle of the blue-green germ, called the lotus heart, taste bitter, but it is blindly medicine. Chinese medicine, it has heat, solid-refined, soothe the nerves, strong heart, blood pressure effect, to cure fever caused by irritability, disorientation, and nocturnal emissions Huajing embolism. lotus live in “houses” called the lotus room, also known as Lian Peng shell, can cure post-partum placental retention, congestion Fu Teng, uterine bleeding vaginal discharge, bleeding embolism. Huan There is a “stone lotus”, also known as sweet Shek Lin is a veteran in the lotus seeds, after falling into mud, durable named Kennedy as black as stone. clinically used for treating mouth pain throat, Fan Re, chronic gonorrhea and dysentery embolism.
Lotus higher nutritional value, rich in protein, fat and carbohydrates, lotus seed in calcium, phosphorus and potassium content is very rich, in addition to bones and teeth can constitute the composition, there are the promotion of blood clotting, so that some activity-based, the maintenance of nerve conductivity, calm nerves, to maintain muscle flexibility and heart rhythm and so on. Rich in phosphorus is a major component of nuclear protein to help the body to protein, fat, carbohydrate metabolism, and maintain the acid-base balance, the formation of the sperm also have an important role. Lotus has raised Anshen effect. In older persons, particularly those who regularly consumed by mental, you can brain, enhance memory, improve work efficiency and can prevent the occurrence of senile dementia. Lotus Heart taste very bitter, but there a significant role in the strong heart that can expand peripheral vascular, lower blood pressure. Lotus are very good to the efficacy of Firelight, treatment, sore tongue, help sleep. Lotus beneficial heart kidney, spleen to stop diarrhea, soothe the nerves of the role of the Gujing.”
Chinese wolfberries (??? gou ji zi): Chinese wolfberries or boxthorn fruit and is more commonly known as dried goji berries. They are small bright red fleshy fruits. Goji berries sold in dried form in many Asian grocery stores or chinese medicinal halls. Dried goji berries are known as gou ji zi in mandarin and kei chi in cantonese. They are quite sweet and are found as an ingredient in many chinese soups, sweet teas and tonic drinks. It is one of the most popularchinese herbs. Not very expensive either.
It is a natural supplement for improving eyesight especially if poor eyesight is caused by malnutrition, vessel expansion and inflammation. Consuming goji berries may help if you experience eye strain from staring at computer screens and documents for long periods of time.
Goji berries are also beneficial for the liver. A healthy liver manifests in better looking eyes and vision. Traditional chinese medicine taught that any sickness in the liver can be observed from the eyes. For instance, people suffering from hepatitis or jaundice have very yellowish eyes. From
RED DATES: Chinese date is the fruit of a deciduous tree or shrub, not the date palm of the Arabian Desert. Chinese date is sweet and warming and when added in a formula, prolongs, enhances and harmonizes the effects of other herbs. Likewise, it ensures that the herbal essence is well circulated and the energies of the herbs are evenly distributed. It is used by the Chinese to invigorate the spleen and stomach and is indicated for those with poor appetite, fatigue and loose stools. Chinese date also
nourishes the blood and calms the mind. However, those with epigastric fullness and abdominal distension should avoid taking it.
Also known as jujubes, red dates are widely considered as the “living vitamin pill” by the Chinese. It contains Vitamin B, C, E, P, phosphorus, calcium, iron and more. Scientists have also found that cyclic adenosine monophosphate found in red jujubes can slow down the growth of cancer cells.
Tonic soups made from a combination of red dates, astragalus, dried goji berries, ginseng, and dang gui were fed to those recovering from surgery to improve immunity, strengthen the body and prevent relapses.
Goji Berry: Goji berries are shriveled red berries that look like red raisins that grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. They are usually found dried, have a slight tangy taste, and belong to the nightshade (Solonaceae) family. Some other Names for Gojji berries include Lycium barbarum, wolfberry, gou qi zi, and Fructus lycii.
So what are some of the benefits of goji berries? The first benefit of goji berries is the fact that it has the potential to increase a person’s lifespan. Although this has not been scientifically tested, most people are confident that this fact holds true. The second benefit of goji berries is that they also have healing powers, especially to cuts and burns, as well as some nasty rashes and abrasions.
The benefit of goji berries are actively reflected in many medical conditions, it helps to control and reverse obesity, prevents cancer, prevent age-related macular degeneration, restores hair color, activates the immune system, helps to preventing morning sickness in pregnant women, and it is used to treat sexual dysfunctions and infertility.