About this series of lung nourishing recipes
In TCM, coughs and other respiratory ailments may have several different causes. Some of the common ones include Lung deficiency, invasion by external pathogenic factors, excess phlegm and dampness in the lungs etc.
Lung deficiency may arise from being overworked, having an inherently weaker body type, having unhealthy lifestyle habits or other factors. This deficiency is often manifested as weakness or dryness in the lungs, leading to symptoms such as chronic cough, dry cough, cough with little phlegm, phlegm with traces of blood, general fatigue, etc.
Therefore, in this 3-part series, TCM physician William Peh shares with us 3 recipes that nourish and strengthen the lungs to help relief cough and other respiratory ailments caused by Lung deficiency.
Mr Peh is a registered TCM physician. He graduated with a double degree in Biomedical Sciences (Nanyang Technological University) and Chinese Medicine (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine). He has treated a wide variety of diseases including Tuina traumatology, pain management, respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions. He possesses knowledge in both Chinese Medicine and modern medical sciences.
In TCM, the "Lungs" broadly refer to the respiratory system, throat, nose, as well as the skin and hair on the skin.
The “Spleen” refers to the digestive system that includes the mouth, tongue, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum and anus, with little or no reference to the spleen as known in anatomy.
Today’s recipe is a Lily and Honey soup, which is a moisturising dish that is suitable for those with more pronounced signs of dryness, such as having dry cough without phlegm and dry nose and throat.
Both Lily and Honey have lung nourishing and moisturising properties.
Lily and Honey Soup
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
Lily 百合 (200g)
Honey 蜂蜜 (30g, or to taste)
Soak Lily with water overnight.
Apply high heat until lily is boiled thoroughly and left with residues.
Add honey and mix well.
Simmer on low heat to syrup form.
Indications: Dry cough without phlegm; Dry nose and throat.
Efficacy: Nourish lungs to relief cough (Honey can nourish both the lungs and gastro-intestinal tract).
Contraindications: Not suitable for those with exogenous fever, cold stomach and indigestion.