June 5, 2017
Grain in Ear Solar Term
Keep a light diet
Regulate the spleen and stomach
‘Don’t put away your winter clothes, until you’ve had your May rice dumplings’
Grain in Ear solar term is when the temperature and humidity both increase and it starts to become hot and stuffy. Dragon Boat also just passed and a lot of patients visit with stomach bloating and gassiness issues, most likely due to eating rice dumplings. With the heat, having cold food or drinks become unavoidable, so it is even more important to protect your spleen and stomach. Having a cup of rice water daily can help to reduce the burden on the spleen and stomach. We also suggest that you change your clothes immediately after exercising and in general wear clothes with high breathability to avoid skin allergy and irritations or pimples.
Rice Water (for 1-2 people)
Ingredients: red rice (two tablespoons), white rice (1/2 tablespoon), coix seeds (1/2 tablespoon)
Preparation: Rinse ingredients thoroughly and add into pot with 800-1000ml of water. Cook on high heat until boiling then simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Note: Make it daily and finish it within same day, do not keep overnight.
Suggested foods: okra, asparagus, corn, black fungus, string beans, dark prunes, malt, cucumbers, star fruit, kiwis, mint, lotus leaves.