Chinese Cabbage Napa Cabbage

Thermal nature

Neutral, tendency towards cold

Flavor

Sweet

Organ network

Stomach, large intestine

Direction

Downbearing

Phase

Earth

Effect

Clears heat, promotes digestion, creates body fluids, diuretic and laxative

Preparation methods

Juiced, boiled, or as decoction

Contains

Rich in vitamin A, B1, and C, niacin, calcium and iron; beta-carotene, magnesium, phosphorus, essential amino acids, mustard oils

Indications

Gastritis, gastric ulcers, duodenal ulcers, thirst, dry mouth

  • Heat in lung: Feverish cold, cough y/V Decoction of Chinese cabbage juice, radish, and honey.
  • Dryness and heat in intestine: Constipation, flatulence

Cucumber

Thermal nature

Cool

Flavor

Sweet

Organ network

Spleen, stomach, large intestine

Direction

Downbearing

Phase

Earth

Effect

Clears heat, drains yang, diuretic, reduces swelling, detoxifies, clears skin

Preparation methods

As salad, raw, boiled, fried, or as decoction

Contains

Water, vitamin B1, B2, niacin, beta-carotene, rutin, high in potassium, magnesium, amaroids (bitters)

Indications

• General heat symptoms:

Thirst, anxiety, swelling and pain in throat, hoarseness, reddened and swollen eyes, acne, skin inflammations

Good nutritional supplement during hot season, especially for conditions brought on by external heat

Red, inflamed, swollen and dry eyes; for regeneration of facial skin (in Arabia, cucumber juice was a common ingredient in facial soaps), for first-degree skin burns (sunburn)

• Damp-heat in large intestine: Traveler's diarrhea

Contraindications

• Cold and vacuity symptoms in center burner: Stomach aches and diarrhea; worsens with cold

Traditional Chinese Medicine

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