digestive

Ginger Drink

In today’s blog post I wanted to share with you a recipe I use for making a ginger drink. But before I get into that there is a little bit of background information I should share. 

The digestive system in Chinese medicine(this is also true in our biomedical understanding of the body) is the fulcrum for which the rest of the body receives its nourishment. By transforming food into usable resources the digestive system creates the foundation by which your entire body is able to operate. 

We innately know this. When we are hungry we don’t think straight, our limbs feel heavier, and our energy is quickly depleted.

Suffice to say it is important we take care of our digestion. There are entire schools that are focused around this idea that all diseases arise from or are affected by a weakened digestive system. 

There are many things that are common in the ‘American’ diet that are actually very depleting to our digestive force. For example eating ‘cold’ foods, raw foods, or undercooked foods put an extra strain on our system. With cold or undercooked foods our body then has to bring the food up to temperature before it can begin to break it down. In moderation these foods are fine but it is over time that if there is a problem with your digestion you may look to these aspects of your diet to see if there is anything you can change. 

One of my favorite things to tonify a cold digestive system is ginger. Ginger has the ability to settle the stomach as well as open the appetite. It has the wonderful ability to warm us from the interior and get the digestive juices going. So without further adieu 

Ginger Drink Recipe

You will need:

Blender 

Medium Sauce pan

Cheese Grater

Strainer-fine mesh

A container for storage

A way to juice your lemons

Ingredients

1 hunk of ginger

1/4 cup of honey 

3 lemons

A pinch of pepper flakes

6 cups of water

 

  1. Add water to the blender
  2. Finely Chop your ginger add it to the blender
  3. Grate most of the peel from your lemons and add to the blender 
  4. Add the pepper flakes to the blender
  5. Blend until the ginger has been finely macerated.
  6. Juice the grated lemons and set liquid aside
  7. Transfer the blended mixture to the sauce pan and begin to bring to a low boil 10 mins
  8. When the water is hot add the honey and dissolve into the mixture.
  9. When the honey is dissolved and mixed into the liquid 5-10 mins add the lemon juice and remove from heat. 
  10. Strain your liquid and store in a container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 

I find that the resulting mixer is delicious when diluted later with some hot water or when added to some sparkling water. Drink it before a meal to open your appetite or after a meal to settle your stomach. 

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For over 2000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine was the only organized medical system practiced on the largest part of the worlds population. It has the longest recorded history and was being practiced even before written record. Because of this it has been refined again and again with each successive generation. 


In my personal practice I am constantly turning to the classics to more deeply understand the body, the diseases, and symptoms that arise with it. To understand Chinese Medicine it is helpful to consider that unlike our Western understanding of disease; which is pathogen eradication based, Chinese Medicine is based on supporting the bodies natural abilities to heal.    


Now in our current model pain or nausea usually will bring people to acupuncture. From here they find out the many different symptoms that can be treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is no doubt that acupuncture is a wonderful treatment for pain and nausea. Being that it is so well documented I would like to share a few of these ‘other’ ailments Chinese Medicine can treat and greatly reduce our suffering. 


The top three non pain and nausea concerns Chinese Medicine can help with can be grouped as: 3) Digestive, 2) Women’s Health, and 1) The Common Cold. I will break this down below.  


3) Digestive Concerns:  In antiquity if there was something wrong with your digestion you were going to be unable to work because your strength would quickly diminish. Because of this there are many texts and discussions on how to treat digestive complaints. So whether you are dealing with sheep like bowel movements, ‘soft serve’ sloppy stools, gnawing stomach pain, or just run of the mill acid reflux Traditional Chinese Medicine has a way to treat it. One of my favorite texts on the subject is the Pi Wei Lun (Treatise on the Spleen and Stomach)


2) Women’s Health: I often like to joke that the Chinese population did not become one of the largest by ignoring women’s health. Early on there was close attention paid to the unique situations that arise from being a women. Whether you are are suffering from irregular periods, PMS, post-partum mastitis, or hot flashes in menopause we can assess why you are having these imbalances and address them with acupuncture and herbal medicine. One of my favorite texts on this subject come from the famous chinese  gynecologist Fu Shan who wrote Fu Qing Zhu’s Gynecology


1) The Common Cold: Over 150 million work days are missed annually because of the common cold. The reason that there is so much fuss about the cold is because of the morbidity rate(think of morbidity rate as amount of suffering caused by the cold). What is special about the way Chinese Medicine treats the cold is in the ability to differentiate what kind of cold you have. The differentiation helps us understand what systems are affected and how to correct them. This can be the type of cold that is all sinus congestion, or sore throat, or body aches, or coughing fits, or alternating fever and chills. Colds become broken down into various subtypes and using our understanding of channel system we can prescribe herbal medicines, apply acupuncture, or use Chinese massage techniques that will help your body clear the cold. My all time favorite text on the subject is the Shang Han Lun ( Treatise on Cold Damage).