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Warm Vegetables

 

Basil: Warm, pungent, induces swelling, harmonizes stomach, antidote to seafood poisoning.

Leek: Warm, pungent effects liver and lung, qi and yang tonic, regulates qi, removes blood stagnation, expels cold, sedates yin, clears stomach fire.

Scallions: Warm, pungent, effects lung and stomach, assists yang, tonifies and regulates qi, clears heat, sedates yang, dries damp, diuretic, removes blood stagnation, expels cold.

Mustad Greens: Warm, pungent, effects lungs, qi and yang tonic, circulates qi and blood, expels cold, sedates yin, expands lungs, transforms phlegm.

Squash: Warm, sweet, effects spleen and stomach, qi, yang and blood tonic, circulates blood, heals inflammation, relieves pain.

Neutral Vegetables

 

Chines Cabbage: Neutral, sweet, effects stomach and large intestine, promotes digestion and urination, circulates qi, drains dampness.

Corn: Neutral, sweet, effects stomach and large intestine, qi and blood tonic, regulates middle jiao(mid abdominal organs), stimulates appetite, diuretic.

Black Fungus: Neutral, sweet, effects stomach and large intestine, qi and blood tonic, cools blood, stops bleeding.

White Fungus: Neutral, sweet, effects lungs, yin tonic, produces fluids, lubricates lungs.

Pumpkin: Neutral, sweet, effects lungs and spleen, qi and blood tonic, dries damp, diaphoretic.

Potato: Neutral, sweet, effects spleen, spleen qi tonic, heals inflammation.

Sweet Potato: Neutral, sweet, effects lungs, spleen and kidneys, qi, blood and yin tonic, benefits kidneys, astringes jing(life essence).

Shitake Mushroom: Neutral, sweet, effects stomach, qi and blood tonic, benefits stomach.

Celery: Neutral, sweet, bitter, effects stomach and liver, tonifies kidneys, stops bleeding, qi and blood tonic, clears heat, sedates yang, dries damp, calms liver, expels wind.

Taro: Neutral, sweet and pungent, effects stomach and large intestine, qi, yang and blood tonic, circulates qi and blood, clears heat, reduces swelling.

Turnip: Neutral, sweet, pungent, bitter, qi, yang and blood tonic, circulates qi and blood, clears heat and yang, dries damp, diaphoretic, lowers rebellious qi, detoxifies, yin tonic, clears heat and fire, clears lungs, lubricates dryness.

 

Cool Vegetables

 

Alfalfa Sprouts: Cool, bitter, effects spleen and stomach, benefits stomach and spleen, dispels dampness, lubricates intestines.

Asparagus: Cool, sweet and bitter, effects lung and kidney, qi, blood and yin tonic, detoxifies, dries damp, lubricates dryness, clears lungs, diaphoretic.

Beet: Cool, sweet, nourishes blood, tonifies the heart, cleanses liver, calms the spirit, lubricates intestines.

Bok Choy: Cool, pungent, sweet, lubricates the intestines, promotes digestion, quenches thirst, clears heat, removes food stagnation.

Bell Pepper: Slightly warm, pungent, sweet, strengthens stomach, improves appetite, promotes blood circulation, removes food stagnation, reduces swelling.

Broccoli: Cool, sweet, clears heat and summer heat, diuretic, brightens eyes, (this vegetable is weak in action)

Burdock Root (Gobo): Cool, pungent, sweet, dispels wind, brightens vision.

Cabbage (Red and Green): Cool, sweet, lubricates the intestines, stops cough.

Lettuce (Iceberg): Cool, bitter and sweet, effects stomach and large intestines, qi and blood and tonic, clears heat and yang, dries dampness and diuretic, aids lactation.

Carrot: Cool , sweet, pungent, clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens internal organs, benefits the eyes, relieves measles, lubricates intestines, promotes digestion.

Cauliflower: Cool, sweet, lubricates intestines, strengthens spleen (this vegetable is weak in action).

Cucumber: Cool, sweet, effects spleen, stomach, and large intestine, clears heat and yang, detoxifies, promotes urination and quenches thirst.

Eggplant: Cool, sweet, effects spleen, stomach, and large intestine, qi and blood tonic, clears heat and yang, removes blood stagnation, relieves pain, heals swelling.

Mushroom (Button): Cool, sweet, effects lung, large intestine, stomach and spleen, qi and blood tonic, clears heat and yang, calms shen(mind), stimulates appetite, regulates qi , transforms phlegm.

Spinach: Cool, sweet, effects large intestine and small intestine, qi and blood tonic, clears heat and yang, hemostatic, lubricates dryness.

Winter Melon: Cool, sweet, effects lung, large intestine, urinary bladder and small intestines, detoxifies, diuretic, transforms phlegm.

Swiss Chard: Cool, sweet, effects large intestine, spleen and stomach, qi, yin and blood tonic, clears hear and yang, detoxifies, hemostatic, relieves coagulations.

Watercress: Cool, sweet and pungent, effects lung and stomach, qi, yang and blood tonic, circulates qi and blood, clears heat and yang, lubricates lung, quenches thirst, diuretic.

Radish: Cool, pungent and sweet, effects lung and stomach, qi and blood tonic, clears heat and detoxifies, transforms phlegm-heat, lowers rebellious qi.

Bamboo Shoot: Cold, sweet, tonifies qi, blood and yin, clears heat, detoxifies, cuts or emulsifies fat, promotes measles, relieves alcohol intoxification, resolves mucus, (often used to balance warm energy of meat)

Kelp: Cold, salty, effects stomach and spleen, yin tonic, cools blood (when raw), stimulates appetite, produces muscles, relieves diarrhea (when cooked).

Water Chestnut: Cold, sweet, effects lung and stomach, clears heat, yin tonic, transforms phlegm, diuretic.

Lettuce (Romaine): Cold, bitter, effects large intestine and stomach, qi and blood tonic, clears heat and yang, dries dampness, diuretic.

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