Liver qi stagnation is most easily recognized as stress, irritability, and frustration. One surefire way to combat those feelings is the “eat a bunch of cupcakes” method, but all that sugar can just compound the issue. BUT…what if…just WHAT if…someone devised a cupcake that also eased Liver Qi Stagnation? JK became our superhero of the day and did just that. These cupcakes (AND frosting) are full of ingredients that help to move liver qi along, soothing the frustration that often comes with a lack of baked goods. And the kicker…they even had creamy insides. Now, this isn’t your everyday Liver Qi Stagnation recipe (“man cannot live on sugary cupcakes alone”) but you can definitely use it as your “Break Glass in Case of Liver Qi Emergency” standby!
TCM DOS: Liver qi stagnation
Western diagnosis: Amenorrhea,dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, headache, depression, IBS, Gastritis, Hypochondriac pain, Indigestion
Signs and Symptoms: Premenstrual syndrome, Breast Tenderness, Sighing, irritability, depression, frustrations, and mood swings that have abrupt outbursts. In addition there may be stomach aches, diminished appetite, bloating in the epigastric region, gas, diarrhea, IBS, nausea, retching, Plum Pit Qi, and feeling of congestion and or swelling in chest , Hypochondriac Pain and or Distention,
Tongue: Light red with a thin white coat
Foods that help LV qi stagnation: carrots, black sesame seeds, beets, pine nuts, lemon peel, yogurt, wheat, cherry, plums, fennel, plums, vinegar, pickled vegetables, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brown seaweed, onions, celery, mustard greens, rosemary, turmeric, basil, bay leaf, cardamom, cumin, marjoram, dill, and horseradish.
*Black pepper, garlic and ginger stimulate flow of qi but should only be used in small amounts: otherwise, they can cause harm to the liver.
Foods to Avoid: Alcohol, coffee, red meats, fried foods, foods high in fat, very spicy, hot foods, sweet foods and sugar. In addition, avoid food coloring, preservatives, highly processed and refined foods.
Helpful cooking method: Pickling, steamed, boiling or lightly cooked.
- Chinese Nutrition Therapy Dietetics in TCM JoergKastner, M.D., L.Ac.
- HS 521 Nutrition and Diet Therapy Class Handout
Cupcakes to Course the Liver Qi
Supreme Moist Carrot Cake mix
4/5 cups water
3 brown organic eggs
1/3 cup organic coconut oil
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Carrots: Improve LV function 1 ½ cups
Black sesame seeds: Supplements LV ½ cup
Beets: LV qi stagnation 1/5 cup pureed
Greek yogurt: Relax LV 3 tbs
Wheat flower ¾ cup
Pine Nut ¼ cup
- Mix ingredients
- Heat: 350 degreese
- Beat: low speed 30 seconds then medium speed for 1 minute
- Pour into cupcake baking cups
- Bake- 7- 9 minutes
Frosting & Filling
Cream cheese frosting 1 can
Lemon Peel: moves stagnant LV qi 1 ½ tbs
Greek Yogurt: relax LV 1 cup
Wheat flour ¾ cups
- Zest the lemon peel; stir can of cream cheese frosting, lemon zest, greek yogurt, and wheat flower together
- Gently make a small opening in center of cupcake
- fill w/ 3 tsp of frosting mixture
- Frost the top of the cupcake
- Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top