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

Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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

Nettle & Astragalus Soup (Huáng Qí) to tonify Qi & Blood

This is a great recipe to strengthen the resources of the body, specifically the blood and the energy.  When the body’s blood supply and blood quality are strong, there is more energy and vitality.  This is particularly a good soup to make as the weather becomes cooler and you are looking for an immune system [...]

Clay Herb Pot

Due to the nature of Clay Herb Pots, they require special care. 
Please follow these simple steps to ensure the life of your Clay Herb Pot:
1) Before first use, immerse the entire pot in cold water for 30 minutes to over night. This will allow the pot to absorb moisture before it is set on the [...]

Mung Bean Dal Kitchardi

This recipe balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha Ayurvedic types.
Serves 4 people
Ingredients:
1 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup yellow split mung dal
3 tablespoons ghee
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 pinches hing
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups water
Wash rice and mung dal well. Suggestions: if you have the time, let the mung dal soak for a [...]

The Five Main Zang Organs & Their Foods

HEART

LIVER

SPLEEN

LUNGS

KIDNEYS

LIKES

Beets
Hibiscus
Black cherries
Black cherry juice
Apricot
Red Clover
Glutinous rice

Bitter greens
Kale
Chard
Mizuna
Collard
Dandelion
Nettles
Lemons
Plum
Wheat

Yams
Carrots
Yellow potatoes
Salmon
Sweet rice
Yellow squash
Winter squash
Ginger
Cinnamon
Cardamom
Date
Millet

Pears
Pear Juice
Rice
Loquats

Peas
Black mushrooms
Black sesame
Seaweed
Soup bones
Aduki beans
Kidney beans
Fish
Shitake mushrooms
Lamb
Chestnut
Pork

DISLIKES

Toxins
Shell fish
Drugs
Alcohol
Caffeine
Fried food
Stress

Excess sugar
Fried food
Raw food
Cold food

Excess wind

Cold food
Frozen food
Ice

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 [...]

Never Give Up

Never Give up
No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent on developing the mind instead of the heart
Develop the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But with everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace in your heart
And in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going [...]

Facial Acupuncture

Health equals beauty.  For thousands of years, Asian medicine has been used for longevity and the maintenance of the skin. Acupuncture and herbal therapies can boost both health and beauty. They increase circulation in the body and facial tissues. Herbal skin formulas go into organic herbal masks, poultices, and moisturizers. Cooling jade rollers massage the [...]

The ‘New’ Water Bottle – Hip & Hot

I love hot water bottles for warming the muscles and encouraging good circulation, especially the german ones made of odorless thermoplastic.  They are so helpful for healing imbalances that are worse with cold weather, particularly during the winter months.  Who knew that you can now buy a hot water bottle with a protective and cozy [...]