Saffron Lentil Rice with Chicken for Liver Qi Stagnation Lauren Rathvon, AP, DOM’s Recipe for Liver Qi Stagnation: Saffron Lentil Rice with Chicken

This nourishing and calming recipe received accolades from all who had the good fortune to get a plate! Ingredients used:

White Rice Lentil Dill Saffron Dark meat chicken Lemon Juice Vinegar Tomato Juice Basil Onion Garlic Turmeric Salt Pepper

Bon Appetit!

Liver Qi Stagnation is by far the most common Liver pattern. 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, 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 Stagnation 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.

Sprouted grains, beans, and seeds, fresh vegetables and fruits eliminate stagnant Liver Qi.

Minimally processed sweeteners are best such as: 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 plum.

Eat greens such as kale, swiss chard, broccoli rabbe, and dandelion greens. These are good for the digestion, elimination and cleaning out the liver.

In general, eat less.