“Medicine and food homology” treatment of obesity, 4 medicinal cooking recipes that will make you lose weight

The impact of obesity is higher when people have better living conditions and a more modern lifestyle. A study published in The Lancet by a research team from the University of London, UK, showed that obesity is closely linked to 21 diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Weight loss methods such as the ketogenic diet and fasting are everywhere. Many people want to lose weight but often give up halfway. However, have you tried “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for weight loss?”

TCM diagnoses the disease by inspection, hearing, smell, examination, investigation and palpation (probing with the fingers). TCM believes that each person’s physique and etiology (cause of disease) are different, and it is necessary to adjust the body according to individual situation in order to achieve the effect of curing the root cause. and create an easy-going physique. thin and a slim body.

Japanese TCM practitioner He Xia pointed out in an interview with The Epoch Times that organ dysfunction is the main cause of obesity, so body fit is key. She said “medicine and food homology” is one of the ways TCM treats obesity.

“Medicine and food homology” means that many foods are actually medicines and there is no absolute boundary between them. Under the guidance of TCM theory, delicious cuisine is prepared and cooked with TCM foods. They have preventive, curative and preservative effects for health and are therefore known as “medicinal cuisine”.

He Xia recommended four recipes for medicinal cuisines, which can not only help everyone adjust their physique to become slim, but also have health-preserving effects.

4 medicinal cooking recipes to help you lose weight

1. Braised Wax Squash

Wax gourd, also known as “fat gourd” and “slim gourd”, is a high-fiber, low-calorie food that may provide feelings of fullness, promote gastrointestinal motility, and slow absorption and digestion. . It is a useful food for weight loss.

Ingredients: 500 g (17.64 ounces) wax gourd, an appropriate amount of green onion, ginger and vegetable oil.


(1) Peel and wash the wax gourd, cut into a rectangle with a thickness of 1 cm (0.39 inch);

(2) Add an appropriate amount of vegetable oil to the frying pan, and when it is almost half hot, add the green onion, ginger and fry;

(3) Add the wax gourd and cook over low heat until the wax gourd is tender, then season to taste.

Efficiency: It has the function of eliminating heat and promoting diuresis, reducing swelling and relieving cough, getting rid of phlegm, etc. China’s Tang Dynasty “materia medica medicinal kitchen” recorded the wax gourd: “hot physique people eat it, it is good for health, cold physique people eat it will become thin; cooking it can benefit the five organs of Zang Fu, it is also the reason for lower Qi (life energy). Those who want to be slim, just eat it regularly.

Wax gourd has a high water content and contains glyceric acid, which can reduce subcutaneous fat and inhibit sugar conversion, and it has a good effect on weight loss.

Wax Gourd Soup (Shutterstock)

2. Fat-reducing wax gourd soup

Ingredients: 500 g (17.64 oz) wax gourd, 40 g (1.41 oz) kelp, two pieces of dried mandarin peel, 250 g (8.82 oz) papaya.


(1) Peel and wash the calabash, soak the kelp in water and cut it for later use;

(2) Put the dried tangerine zest and papaya into the pan, add eight bowls of water, cook over low heat for about two hours and season to taste.

Efficiency: It can relieve summer heat and eliminate heat, eliminate fat in the body and cholesterol, and it has a noticeable effect on weight loss.
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3. Slimming bamboo shoot soup with snow fungus

Ingredients:20 g (0.71 oz) dried snow mushrooms, 300 g (10.58 oz) bamboo shoots, 1 egg


(1) Wash the bamboo shoots, soak the dried snow mushroom in water and remove the stems, beat the egg;

(2) Add an appropriate amount of boiling water to the pot, pour in the beaten egg, then add the bamboo shoots and snow fungus, simmer for 10 minutes on low heat and season to taste.

It can also be taken as a weight loss appetizer before dinner.

Efficiency: It has the effect of eliminating abdominal fat. In addition, snow mushrooms can moisten the lungs and nourish the skin.

4. Weight loss porridge with Chinese hawthorn, lotus leaf and barley

Ingredients: 15 g (0.53 oz) Chinese hawthorn, 10 g (0.35 oz) lotus leaf, 10 g (0.35 oz) dried mandarin peel and an appropriate amount of barley.


(1) Wash all ingredients for later use; add 700 ml (1.48 pints) of water to the pan and the ingredients.

(2) Boil over high heat, then boil over low heat for 10-30 minutes.

Efficiency: It has the functions of detoxification and maintaining beauty, strengthening spleen and stomach, reducing fat and losing weight.

She reminded us that although the medicinal properties of TCM are relatively mild and can be taken every day; when a certain weight loss effect is achieved, one should stop taking TCM, so as not to overload the kidneys and liver.

Ellen Wan


Ellen Wan has worked for the Japanese edition of The Epoch Times since 2007.

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