Ying Yang Xue

"If something is cold, heat it. If something is hot, cool it." –Huangdi Neijing

Black Bean and Black Rice Congee With Honey Glazed Walnuts for Kidney Yin Deficiency (xu)

Kidney Yin Xu Food Therapy

In five element theory, the color of the food correlates with the color of the five elements.  Black represents the color of water which applies to the Kidney. In Ancient Chinese, the whole grains are considered as the essence of the plants; consuming the essence of the whole grains will nourish the post heaven Jing. Kidney Yin deficient individuals should avoid diets that are spicy, hot, fried or high on sodium to prevent from further injury of the Yin. The ingredients of congee I choose are mostly in black color; they will have tendency to enter kidney channel. Since grain’s temperature is mostly neutral or cool; it’s a safe choice for Yin deficiency people.

The major ingredients of the congee are black rice, black beans  and black sesame seeds. The black rice was mentioned in “Ben Cao Gang Mu” as nourish Yin, tonify kidney, strengthen spleen, brighten eyes and invigorate blood. The black bean is sweet, neutral, goes to spleen and kidney channels, have actions of nourishing blood, calming the mind, tonifying kidney, nourishing Yin, brightening eyes, transform dampness, invigorate blood and clear heat. It is the best food therapy for Yin deficiency with empty heat. The black sesame seed is sweet and neutral, has the actions of nourishing and fortifying kidneys and liver, nourishing blood to extinguish wind, moistening and lubricating the intestines. Black sesame seeds are ideal for Yin deficiency with constipation. Go Qi Zi enters lung, liver and kidney, it tonifies liver and kidney, nourishes blood, Yin and moistens the lung.

The walnut is warm and sweet, enters lung, kidney and large intestines. It has actions of strengthening the back and knees, Warms the Lungs and Helps the Kidneys grasp Qi, Warms the Lungs and Helps the Kidneys grasp Qi. The combination of congee and walnuts provides good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fibers and omega 3 fatty acids.


Black rice
Black beans
Black sesame seeds
Go Qi Zi
Long Yan Rou (optional)
Mixed whole grain package contains brown
rice, barley, Yi Yi Ren, whole wheat,
buckwheat, purple Shan Yao, red lentil, black
bean, Qian Shi, oats.

Cooking Instructions

• Mix half cup of black rice, one cup of whole
grain mixes, half cup of black beans, a
quarter to half cup of black sesame seeds in
the slow cooker.

• Add 7 to 12 cups of water depends on the preferred thickness of the congee.!
• After the congee is done, stir in 1/4 cup Go Qi Zi or Long Yan Rou.!

• KD tonic parfait – layer chilled congee with Greek yogurt, walnuts, raspberries or
• Traditional congee breakfast – added sea salt for flavor, sprinkle seaweed toppings,
Chinese pickles or Kimchi.

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TCM DOS: Kidney Yin deficiency

Western correlations: menopause, hyperthyroidism, aging

TCM s/s: dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, poor memory, hardness of hearing, night sweats, dry mouth and throat at night, low backache, nocturnal emissions, constipation, scanty dark urine, lassitude

Tongue: pale red to red with no coat

Pulse: floating-empty, rapid

Beneficial foods:  wheat, oats, rice, millet, barley, eggs,  zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, apples, banana, blueberries, black berries, peaches, mulberries, mango

Food to avoid:  chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, coffee, alcohol

Cooking methods: steaming, water saute’, blanching and salting are recommended. Excess water with the cooking technique you choose is also useful.



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