Chinese dates can be eaten many ways, but in general they are very
easy to cook. First of all, you can eat fresh dates as they are.
Secondly, you are able to cook them with porridge, steamed rice or as a
soup. I suggest that adults eat 5 dates at once, three or four times a
week for general health care.
1) How to cook chinese red date porridge
One hand full of white rice
5 chinese red dates (remove the seed)
3 cups of water
Bring the rice and whole dates to the boil and simmer until the rice
is soft and the liquid is sticky (around 30 minutes). After cooking the
porridge smell is very nice with a taste which is mildly sweet. It is
best to eat when warm. However during summer you can eat the porridge at
room temperature. You can have a small bowl of chinese date porridge for
breakfast or for desert.
Effects: Strengthens the digestive system and tonifies blood.
2) How to cook chinese dates and lotus seed porridge
This porridge is cooked the same way as chinese date porridge, but
instead of using 5 chinese dates you also add 5 lotus seeds.
Effects Tonifying spleen function and increases blood and helps
those with sleeping issues.
3) Beef bone soup with red dates
1kg Beef bones with a little meat
8 cups of water
20 Chinese red dates
Cook and boil the beef bone until it is boiled. Then cook slowly for
4 hours. 30 minutes before eating add the chinese red dates and cook.
You can add salt and pepper for taste and your favorite vegetables.
Effects: Increases energy and blood and warms the circulation.
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No Sugar Added, No Sulfur Dried Chinese Red Dates.
The effects of Chinese red dates.
1) Tonifying Blood
An ancient traditional Chinese books called ‘Ben Jin’ and Chinese
herbal text books all mention that Chinese dates can strengthen the spleen
and stomach Qi (energy) which helps to digest food, tonify blood and
tranquilize the mind.
Chinese medicine considers that the formation of blood is through good
digestion and absorption of food which is mainly helped by the spleen and
stomach. If spleen and stomach Qi are weakened it will affect the blood
supply and its function, this may lead to blood deficiency (iron
deficiency) and may also have the following symptoms, such as; poor
appetite, lack of energy, pallor, lack of muscle on the arm and legs,
overweight, diarrhea, sluggish bowl movement or bowl movement straight
after eating, bloating after eating, stomach craps or diarrhea from eating
cold food, or light and shorter menstruation and insomnia. Some people may
also suffer from
chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, under-reactive
thyroid (hypothyroidism), miscarriages or infertility.
A few weeks ago, I helps a lady fall pregnant. This lady suffered from
Qi and blood deficiency. She had pallor, lethargy, with light and short
periods. I treated her, using
acupuncture to balance internal Qi and blood as well as teaching her
beef bone soup with red dates to drink. After a couple of months she had
increased energy, with a pink health colour in her face with regular
periods. She also fell pregnant, I am very happy for her.
Usually when I treat this type of case, I balance the spleen and
stomach Qi function to increase the blood. This will help to increase the
blood but also cause all symptoms to subside. I suggest that those who are
undergoing treatment or want to prevent this problem to eat certain foods
such as Chinese Red Dates. (Please check the recipe below)
2) Improving insomnia
Chinese dates are suitable for people who have insomnia from lack of Qi
and blood. Chinese medicine considers one of the major causes of insomnia
is due to Qi and blood deficiency such as the blood being unable to
moisturize the liver and heart causing a ying and yang disorder. This will
cause problems with sleeping. Usually this can cause the following
symptoms; light sleep (easy to be woken), lots of vivid dreams, lack of
energy from the beginning of the day. These people may also experience
dizziness, lower blood pressure, palpitations, pale skin, and shortness of
breath especially during activities or tremorring hands when tired. For
these people it is suitable to eat Chinese dates whilst undergoing
treatment. (Please check recipe below)
3) To help protect the liver, reduce cholesterol and prevent
I will share some information from modern science research which is
noted in Traditional Chinese Text Book mentions chinese dates contain high
levels of Vitamin C, also having the function of protecting the liver,
help reduce cholesterol and increase the bodies immune system and may help
reduce the risk of cancer.