My Recipe for Liver Qi Stagnation: Saffron Lentil Rice with Chicken
VS went above and beyond to create one of the best meals to date for the nutrition and diet therapy class at the East West College of Natural Medicine. This nourishing and calming recipe received accolades from all who had the good fortune to get a plate!
Dark meat chicken
Liver Qi Stagnation is by far the most common Liver pattern and also one of the most common
patterns in general. It manifests clinically as distending pain the hypochondriac region, stuffiness
of the chest, sighing, epigastric and abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, sour
regurgitation, belching, borborygmi, diarrhea, feeling of being “wound up”, feeling of a lump in
.the throat, irregular periods, painful periods, distention of the breasts prior to periods, premenstrual tension and irritability, melancholy, depression and moodiness.
Foods to eliminate liver Qi
Eliminate or reduce foods high in saturated fats such as: cream, cheese, eggs,
hydrogenated oils, margarine, processed foods and intoxicants.
Add to your diet moderately pungent foods such as: onions, mustard greens, watercress,
fennel, ginger, dill, turmeric, horseradish, mint, basil, marjoram, cumin, black pepper.
Avoid overly hot, spicy and greasy foods.
Sprouted grains, beans, and seeds, fresh vegetables and fruits eliminate stagnant Liver Qi.
Minimally processed sweeteners are best such as: stevia powder, barley malt, rice syrup,
date sugar and unrefined whole sugar cane.
Bitter and sour foods reduce excess in the Liver. These include apple cider and brown rice
vinegars, lemon, lime or grapefruit Other bitter foods are rye, romaine lettuce,
asparagus, amaranth, quinoa, alfalfa, radish leaves, dandelion root, milk thistle seeds
and chamomile flowers. Also celery, mung beans, seaweed, cucumber, tofu, millet and
Eat greens such as kale, swiss chard, broccoli rabbe, and dandelion greens. These are
good for the digestion, elimination and cleaning out the liver.