Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Category Archives: Foods, Drinks, Recipes

Gentle Detox with Braised Burdock, Mushroom and Seaweed

Burdock Root is called ‘Gobo’ in Japanese and is often sold under this name. It’s cooked in a similar way to a carrot and looks a little like one too (except it’s brown on the outside and white on the inside). The taste of burdock is pleasant and a little earthy. In many parts of Asia, burdock is a normal everyday root vegetable that is seen as being very good for the health, especially for the liver and the skin.

whole burdock

Indian Chai Tea – With Warming & Healing Herbs

Chai Tea is a tasty and healthy beverage that is especially balancing on cold days in the fall and winter.  Many of the herbs that are used to make chai tea have the medicinal value of warming & increasing the metabolism of the internal organs, and pushing out the coldness that tries to enter when the temperatures drop.  We can use the internal warmth from the herbs to increase our vital energy throughout the day.

Chai Tea Ingredients - cinnamon and fresh ginger

Immunity Soup

This recipe is especially good to increase strong digestion (known as healthy ‘Spleen Qi’) and to reduce water & damp retention. In fact, strong ‘Spleen Qi’ digestive energy is the basis of  good immunity and overall health.  Keeping your spleen strong ensures that your digestive system will have the ability to extract all the nutrients [...]

Breastmilk Replacement Formula

Formula with Goat Milk Base
Recipe:
1 quart goat’s milk (organic if possible)
200 micrograms folic acid (drops)
¼ tsp flax seed oil
1 drop vitamin E (mycellized)
1 drop beta carotene
1 tsp bifidus factor (lacto-bifidus)
1-2 milligrams B complex (if you can’t get drops, dissolve a 50 mg tablet in a 1 ounce dropper bottle and use 1 dropperful each [...]

Remedies for Food Poisoning

Food poisoning can occur when one consumes spoiled food containing microbes that the belly is not used to.  There are various remedies for food poisoning depending on the pathogenic cause.  Some safe food-based remedies are listed below:
Umeboshi Plum (called ‘Ume’ in Japanese, & ‘Wu Mei’ in Mandarin) has antibiotic effects against various bacteria including Staphylococcus, [...]

Tasty Detox with Mung Bean Cookies

Mung beans (called ‘Lu Dou’ in Mandarin) are a very valuable remedy for
detoxification.  They are commonly used for skin toxins such as carbuncles, pimples, sores and ulcers.
Mung beans are an effective antidote for the intake and overdose of many toxic substances, such as pesticide poisoning, drug poisoning and food poisoning.  Mung [...]

Hydrogenated Oil

Hydrogenated oil is the process of forcing hydrogen gas into oil at high pressure & temp. It’s used to take the place of butter in many baked items because it makes the oil solid at room temperature & prevents it from going rancid. Hydrogenated oil contains toxic trans fatty acids, which contribute to heart disease, [...]

Organic – To Buy or Not To Buy?

To avoid proliferation of toxic, chemical pesticides in the body, it’s a good idea to buy organic produce whenever possible.  Since this is not always feasible either due to availability or price, it’s helpful to make some distinction. Which fruits and vegetables should you be sure to buy organically?  Which are lowest in pesticides?  Some [...]

The Tea Leaf – everyday medicine

Many types of tea are made from the leaves of the camellia shrub with the botanical name of Camellia sinensis. The different types are due to the different ways of processing, fermentation and oxidation of the leaves.   Camellia teas include black tea, green tea, oolong tea, pu’er, and white tea.
Overall Health Benefits of Tea
Recent research [...]

Asian Grocery Store: Unlock the mysteries

There are many exotic fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs that have tremendous healing benefits.  By getting to know them, you can increase the ways that you take care of your health.   I’ll use this list when working on blogposts, and write a little about each one in its own post, so that you can get [...]