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

Category Archives: Foods, Drinks, Recipes

Hidden names of MSG – be informed!

MSG is a neurotoxin and excitotoxin that over excites the cells in the brain so that food tastes better.  Due to MSG, the cells die off from overexcitation. Some people get reactions after eating the food ingredient monosodium glutamate (MSG) – reactions that include migraine headaches, upset stomach, fuzzy thinking, diarrhea, heart irregularities, asthma, and/or […]

Almond Milk – tastes better when you make it yourself!

Making Nut Milks You can make some delicious milks by whirling soaked nuts with water in a blender.  You can make the mixture delicate and thin or thick and creamy.  Soak raw almonds or raw cashews to make almond or cashew milk.  Nut milks are healing and are a great alternative for folks who have […]

Hawthorn Berry Health

Properties of Hawthorn Berries Cardio-tonic (strengthens the heart muscle) Diuretic (promotes urination) Astringent (solidifies loose stool) Hypotensive (lowers blood pressure) Physical Effects Heart and cardiovascular tonic Relaxes and dilates blood vessels Lowers blood pressure Improves general circulation and blood flow Strengthens damaged or weak heart muscles (increasing the heart’s efficiency) Exerts a scrubbing action on […]

Walnut & Hawthorn Berry Dessert

50 grams Hawthorn fruit ‘Shan Zha’ 150 grams Walnuts ‘Hu Tao Ren’ sufficient water for soaking and boiling 6 TBS honey or ¼ cup sugar Soak the walnuts overnight or at least ½ hour.  Rinse well and moisten with new water.  Grind this walnut and water mixture into a thick liquid.  Add more water to […]

Lotus seeds

Lotus seeds ‘Lian Zi’ strengthen the digestive system and the kidneys. The seeds are also used for strengthening certain types of heart deficiency.  White lotus seeds (peeled before drying) are better quality than the red lotus seeds (unpeeled product). Soak overnight and cook with soups and warm cereals, or mix with rice.  Lotus seeds are […]

The Cleansing Power of Seaweed

Seaweed, salty and cold, has the following medicinal functions: Clears heat, transforms phlegm nodules Promotes urination Modern Research: lowers cholesterol Modern Research: binds heavy metals to cleanse them from the body Here is a recipe for seaweed salad using hijiki seaweed, given to me by my friend Junko.  It is possible to substitute another type […]

Summer time cure: mung beans

Mung beans bring healing to the body especially in the spring and summer time, when temperatures are hotter.  The sprouts can help to detoxify the body, clear internal heat, and quench thirst.  Here’s a tasty recipe from my friend Linda: Korean Mung Bean Sprout Salad (Sukju namul) Water — 4 cups (enough to immerse sprouts) […]

Kudzu – a nourishing & healing root starch

Kudzu root, the invasive plant of the south, really does have some great value.  In fact, its unusual ability to grow several feet in one day is testament to its strength and ability to replenish the body’s resources.  This healing, fibrous root can be used as a cooling, regenerative medicine and is common in many […]

Smooth your mood with Mimosa Flower Tea

Mimosa Tree Flower Tea ‘He Huan Hua Cha’ 6 grams Mimosa Flower ‘He Huan Hua’ (Albizzia julibrissinis) honey (to taste) Place mimosa flower in a cup and soak in boiling water.   Strain.  Add honey to taste and drink when cool. Functions: Nourish heart and fortifies the spleen Resolves depression and moves liver qi Clears the […]

Diet Help for Gout

Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that can come on suddenly with much redness, swelling, warmth, pain and inflammation.  Arthritic gout is caused by an excess build-up of uric acid in the body.  Uric acid is the end-product caused by the breakdown of purines.  Purines are compounds that are naturally found in the […]