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    Traditional Chinese Medicine is a fully integrated system of theory, diagnostics and treatment that can address virtually any health condition.

  • Health

    A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being beyond merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

  • One of the side benefits of my treatment at Oregon City Acupuncture is the holistic view they have of care. I am not just treated for pain or inflammation. I am treated as a whole person and when I leave, I feel more centered and in tune with who I really am. — CC

  • For the first time in many, many years, I am able to really be comfortable in my body throughout my day and find joy in life.  I have an extensive history with western medicine, having had many surgeries and been treated by many doctors.  However, nothing has given me the benefits I receive from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. — CC

  • From the first visit, we noticed improvement. Each session for each of us was fashioned for our individual needs at that time, in a relaxing atmosphere. The results were encouraging, often giving us flexibility and release from pain. — J & G

A Rose By Any Other Name…Is Good Medicine

Rose petal heartThere is no flower that has been revered and celebrated as much as the rose. As the archetypal queen of the flowers and the definitive symbol for love and appreciation, the rose has endured in its beauty and significance for hundreds of years, inspiriting people throughout history.

In addition, the rose is perhaps the only flower that has so many diverse meanings.   For example, a red rose stands for true abiding love.  A white rose means purity and innocence, and a yellow rose means friendship and “I care”.

But, did you know that the rose is also very good medicine?

“Stop and smell the roses” may be a cliché but the old saying suggests that appreciating the meaningful things and people in our lives may play an even larger role in our overall happiness than previously thought.  Acknowledging the value and meaning of something—an event, a behavior, an object—and feeling positive emotional connection to it is actually good medicine.   As is the scent of a rose.

The scent of rose has been enjoyed throughout the centuries in the form of attar of rose or rose otto, which is the distilled essential oil of the blossom.  Or in the form of Rose Absolute which is extracted through a chemical process.  Aroma therapists may disagree over which is best, but most agree that rose absolute has a stronger, richer scent.

The two main species of rose used for rose oil are Rosa damascene damask rose and Rosa centifolia cabbage rose.  It can take up to 250 pounds of roses to make one ounce of rose oil.  It is expensive to make, and dealers may dilute rose oil with geranium oil or oil of palmarosa because they contain the two main constituents found in rose oil.  So if you want to buy some true rose oil, know your source and don’t buy on the cheap. As in virtually all essential oils, rose is for external use only. Properly dilute all essential oils in lotion or vegetable carrier oil before massage or other topical use. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, have any health conditions, or are taking medications, please consult your healthcare provider prior to using essential oils.

Rose oil is used in cosmetics, perfume, and even in confections and candies—especially in the East.  The scent is stimulating and uplifting to the mind.  It creates a sense of well-being.  It is almost intoxicating and aphrodisiac.  And the virtues of rose do not end with the oil.  The buds and blossoms themselves are good medicine, too.

The value of roses as herbal medicine is sometimes neglected, possibly due to the high price of the pure essential oil and the relative rarity of the tincture.   But the price of a remedy rarely deters a physician or client when an effective medicine is required.  Up into the 18th century, physicians, herbalists, midwives, barbers and cooks appreciate the value of rose flower for its use in digestive and menstrual issues, headaches, stress and tension, liver congestion, poor circulation, fevers, eye infections and skin complaints.

Perhaps rose has been somewhat neglected in the western world because the ancient European herbal theories have also been neglected.  However, those energetic principals have been preserved in other herbal traditions.  The petals are used traditionally in Europe to aid digestion and as a tonic to the nervous system and the endocrine system. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses them to remove blood stagnation, nourish the skin, and improve digestion. In Ayruvedic medicine, rose is used to balance emotions and tone and cool the skin.

Rose is known to open the heart chakra which is associated with love, joy, inner peace and intuition.

Rose is currently being researched for its anti-cancer abilities likely due to its high level of geraniol, which has been shown to prohibit cancer cell growth.

Rose is a member of the plant family rosaceae, which includes plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, and almonds as well as apples and hawthorns.  We have all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  And you may not know that hawthorn berry, leaf and flower have demonstrated positive effects on heart health and mood.

There are many good reasons to not only stop and smell the roses.  It is also possible to stop and eat a member of the rose family, too.  If you choose to try roses in a tea, be sure to only use roses that have been grown for that purpose.  If you are interested in roses for a medical condition, consult with a trained herbalist, naturopathic doctor or your local acupuncturist

Tumeric: The Trendy Herb That Lives Up To The Hype

Next time you think about having a cup of coffee, try some Turmeric milkGolden Milk instead. Drinking a cup of Golden Milk every day could keep the doctor away!  Golden Paste can also be used in smoothies, to make salad dressings, in curries, or any way your heart desires, and pets love golden paste too!  Following are two easy recipes for this healthful elixir.

You have probably heard of turmeric by now, and its effective use to reduce inflammation and joint pain.  This herbal root has been used in Traditional East Indian and Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  It is often used in Indian cooking and is what makes curry yellow-orange.  It promotes the flow of Qi (vital energy) and is commonly used in Chinese medicine for women’s painful periods, pain and swelling due to trauma, especially shoulder pain.  Recent scientific research as uncovered additional benefits for this bright orange root.

Benefits of turmeric.

  • Antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • aids in digestion
  • anti-parasitic
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-cancer
  • blood purifier
  • clears the skin
  • aids Memory and brain function

Turmeric Milk Ingredients

  • Two cups milk. You can substitute soy, almond, coconut, rice milk if dairy is avoided.
  • One teaspoon dried turmeric or one half inch fresh root, sliced or diced.
  • One teaspoon dried ginger or one half inch fresh root.
  • A sprinkle of black pepper.
  • Honey to taste.
  • Other options are a little cinnamon, or some vanilla.

Steps:

  • Warm milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add turmeric ginger and pepper and stir well if using dried powders.
  • Bring to a simmer and heat for another minute or two. Take care not to boil.
  • Remove from heat, cover the p[an and let it sit and infuse for ten minutes.
  • Strain if using fresh, chopped roots and serve warm.

Another option for making this health enhancing elixir is to make Golden Milk from Golden Paste. Making Golden Milk is so easy, and by making a Golden Paste ahead of time, you can enjoy a nice hot cup of Golden Milk in minutes!  Because turmeric is fat-soluble, using virgin coconut oil not only increases turmeric’s health benefits, but it adds one more way to use this healthy fat every day!  You can use cow raw milk, but any milk can be used.  Black pepper’s piperine increases curcumin’s bioavailability by 2000%, and the taste is undetectable in the Golden Milk.

Golden Paste:

  • 1/2 cup Organic Turmeric Powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil

In a stainless steel pot, cook the water, turmeric and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring and cooking for about 7-10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil.  Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar with a lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You will use this paste to make your Golden Milk below.

Golden Milk from Golden Paste:

  • 1 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon (optional)

In a stainless steel pot, gently heat, but do not boil, 2 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon of golden paste.  A whisk is helpful to fully mix the paste into the milk. Add optional vanilla, honey and/or cinnamon.

Making turmeric golden milk is one easy way to follow Hippocrates’ advice to, “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

Get more information on the benefits of turmeric supplements. Check out this site: https://www.cognitune.com/turmeric-curcumin-benefits/

 

 

 

TRUMPED OUT!

Not feeling the Bern? Unthrillary about Hillary? Do you feel like your brain has been in a blender this election season? Are you just a little anxious about wars and rumors of wars, April 15th taxes, global warming, and terrorist living on your block?  If you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety and frustration, your local acupuncturist has some help for you.

Anger, irritability, stress and frustration are all signs your liver Qi is not flowing smoothly. In turn, too much of these feelings in our lives can cause the Liver Qi to become stuck, resulting in issues such as the symptoms listed below.

Signs and Symptoms that may be associated with Liver Qi stagnation:

  • Pain or discomfort anywhere along the sides of the body
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Sighing
  • Hiccups
  • Frustration
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Sensation of a lump in throat
  • Difficulty swallowing                                                                                                                                    Stressed
  • Bitter taste in mouth
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Stomachache that improves after massage
  • Stomachache that worsens with anger
  • PMS with irritability and/or swollen breasts
  • Irregular or painful periods
  • Poor appetite
  • Churning sensation in stomach 

Your liver is one of your hardest working internal organs. It filters over a liter of blood every minute. It is responsible for detoxifying, nourishing, replenishing, and storing blood. It also acts to energize you by releasing stored sugar. And it recombines amino acids to create the protein our bodies need to grow and repair tissue. From the standpoint of Chinese Medicine, the symptoms we associate with “Stress” are seen as “The Branches”. In Chinese Medicine, we also treat “The Root”. In many cases  when it comes to STRESS, a “Root” is Liver Qi Stagnation.Foods Used to Address Liver Qi StagnationThese are just some of the herbs and foods that are believed to help Liver Qi stagnatio  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the liver is associated with the element “Wood” and spring time. When thinking of the association of Wood with the Liver, imagine a thicket of golden stemmed, leafy green bamboo sprouting and expanding upwards and outwards in the spring sun. The bamboo gracefully moves and bends with the breeze. If the bamboo and its roots somehow become bound and constrained, imagine the frustration of this growth.   When the liver’s energy or Qi is free to flow unbound, you feel flexible, bending with the breeze. When liver Qi is “stuck” you feel frustrated, irritable, moody, even depressed. . All those things we mean when we say, “I’m stressed-out.” Spring is the ideal season to pay attention to your liver and liver Qi stagnation.     An important function of the livers is regulating the smooth flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body and moderating our emotions. When this Qi does not flow smoothly it is referred to as Liver Qi Stagnation, one of the most common imbalances treated by acupuncturists.

Foods Used to Address Liver Qi Stagnation

  • Turmeric
  • Milk Thistle
  • Dandelion
  • Garlic
  • Cherries
  • Chicken
  • Tofu
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red and black dates
  • Caraway seed
  • Mint
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Red beans
  • Sweet basil

Acupuncture treatments and traditional Chinese herbal formulas are excellent ways to address “Liver Qi Stagnation”.   Finding and treating the “Root Cause” of your health care concern is a hallmark of Chinese Medicine. Oregon City Acupuncture offers you De-stress acupuncture sessions this spring at a 50% discount from now to June 1st. Call today 503-653-1468 for your appointment and get that Liver Qi moving again.

Adaptogens: Herbs to Build Vitality and Immunity

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi Mushroom

It is the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that one cares for and nourishes the Qi (vital energy) of the Kidneys in winter. Our adrenal glands are thought of as part of the Kidney in TCM. It is the adrenals glands that play a key role in stress hormones.

We can no longer wait until disease appears and then begin treatment. Everyone is under stress, and the treatment for well-being and optimal health starts with prevention before the symptoms arrive. Twenty years ago the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) rejected the need for a daily multi-vitamin and has recently reversed its position. Today JAMA recommends the use of daily vitamins to everyone for maintaining good health. There is no doubt that with the emergence of stress as the new cause of disease, a daily adaptogen is necessary today and its endorsement cannot wait twenty years.

A recent development in herbal medicine is the notion of adaptogenic herbs. The concept of adaptogenic herbs came from Russian research into ginseng in the 1940s and 1950s. Although herbs such as ginseng have been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years, their actions to enhance immunity to disease and strengthen the physical response to and recovery from stress have only recently been scientifically identified. An adaptogen is a substance that allows the body to adapt as whole to non-specific stress.

Various medicines and inoculations might protect against this season’s flu virus. An adaptogen will protect against a whole range of stressors such as sleep deprivation, overwork, trauma, heat, cold, infections, even radiation. An adaptogen does this not based on its own chemical constituents, but by strengthening the body’s innate response mechanisms to stress and disease. And while the class of herbs called adaptogens can strengthen the body’s responses to stress and disease, each has its own specific and unique actions as well and it is essential to match an adaptogenic herb to the individual’s needs and constitution. The following is a list of applications for some well-known and easy to find adaptogen herbs.

• Asian Ginseng:   Stimulating herb for adrenal exhaustion.
• American Ginseng:  Mild central nervous system stimulant and nourishing
to the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
• Ashwaghanda: Calming adaptogen. Relieves muscle pain.
• Astragalus:  Immune tonic. Heart tonic.
• Cordyceps:  Lung and kidney tonic. Immunity modulator.
• Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng):  Immune tonic. Adrenal tonic. Enhances performance.
• Holy Basil (Tulsi):  Supports normal cortisol and blood sugar.
• Reishi: Immunity modulator and calming to the spirit.
• Rhodiola: Immunity modulator. Cardio protective.

As with any herbal medications, adaptogens have their own cautions and contraindications when taken with pharmaceutical medications. Consult a licensed professional such as a Naturopathic Doctor or your local Acupuncturist to match an adaptogenic herb or formula to your needs and constitution.

To learn more about these herbs, read:
“Adaptogens: Herbs For Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief”, Winston and Maimes. Healing Health Press, Rochester, Vermont 2007
“The Healing Power of Ginseng & The Tonic Herbs: The Enlightened Person’s Guide”, Bergner. Prima Publishing. 1996

Bone Broth for Winter Health

Soups or broths are excellent for supporting the Lungs in the fall and winter.

Bowl with beef broth, boiled bones and fresh vegetables.

Bone broth with fresh vegetables.

In Chinese medicine bone broth nourishes our Kidneys—the internal organ associated with winter season–supports our qi and builds blood. Bone marrow is the source of essence (our genetic material), blood, and qi which all come from kidney energy. Kidneys are in charge of bones (including teeth) and joints so it is reasonable that we nourish those with similar food.
In our bodies the adrenal glands sit on top of our kidneys and in Chinese medicine they are considered part of the Kidney energy system. Bone broth may be a very potent source of nourishment to take us from “survive” to thrive.
You can use any kind of bones – fowl, beef, pork, even fish. Beef bones are often easy to find at a local butcher shop or super market.
If you choose to use beef or pork bones you may want to roast them first. Get the best bones you can, such as grass fed & organic.
There are probably as many recipes for bone broth as there are people who make it. Here is a basic beef bone recipe.

Two pounds of beef bones per gallon of water. Many people find the broth even more delicious if the bones are roasted in the oven at a medium heat for 30 to 60 minutes before simmering.

You’ll also need some organic vegetables for flavor. These are actually optional but add extra flavor and nutrition. All vegetables are rough chopped 1 onion

4-5 cloves garlic
2 large carrots
2 celery stalks
Mushrooms, such as shiitakes. Shiitakes support the immune system.
1 cup parsley

Put the bones in a big pot with water, add 2 Tbsps. Of apple cider vinegar (it helps release minerals in the bones) and whatever veggies you want. Simmering in a crock pot is an excellent method for making bone broth. Bring to a boil, and lower the heat to a gentle simmer for 24 hours.
The bones should be soft when the cooking is done. Cooking those helps release the collagen and gelatin that you want for your skin and joints. The soft bones more easily release all the minerals into the liquid.
Skim off the foam as it develops and add more water as needed. Strain the broth through a colander or strainer and reserve the cooked vegetables. They are delicious, too.
Let cool in refrigerator and skim off congealed fat.
Bone broth can be frozen for 3-4 months or canned in mason jars.
Bone broth is capable of providing some deep nutrition and can be a prominent part of our nutrition plan. It’s so easy to make. Everyone is unique and it’s fun to play with veggies and seasonings to make an awesome meal, snack or daily supplement.

Inflammation In Your Mouth Effects the Rest of Your Body.

This months Special Guest Blog is written by our favorite dentist, Candace Krause, DMD, from Gladstone Family Dentistry.

toothy grinI recently attended a seminar at OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) entitled “The Impact of Periodontal Disease on General Health”

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) about half of the adults in the US have periodontitis, the advanced form of periodontal (gum) disease, where usually irreversible changes to the bony and connective tissue support of the teeth have taken place. Left unchecked, tooth loss is inevitable.

What the dental community has long suspected, this inflammation going on in our mouths from the gum disease is also affecting the rest of the body and vice verse.

The systemic effects of periodontal disease most researched show:

1. Worsened glycemic (blood sugar) control and an increase in complications associated with diabetes.
2. Increase risk of heart disease and stroke.
3. Increase risk of respiratory diseases like bronchitis and pneumonia
4. Increase in adverse pregnancy outcomes like premature and/or low birth weight deliveries.
5. Increase in oral and pancreatic cancers.

Also discussed were the risk factors for the development of the periodontal disease beyond poor oral hygiene. These include smoking, refined sugar consumption, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The take-away message is that a healthy lifestyle needs to include taking care of our oral health as well as all the things we do for the rest of our body.

Your dental checkup should include a thorough periodontal examination of your gums as well as the xrays and exam of your teeth.
Candace Krause, DMD
Gladstone Family Dentistry

Fall. Time to gather your nuts for winter.

Nutty Squirrel2There is a chill in the air. The days grow shorter. Just as squirrels gather fall nuts for the long winter, we too need to prepare for winter. Seasonal changes affect the immune system. With the wind, rain and snow comes colds, flu and aches and pains. Here are a few tips to staying healthy this winter.

Wash your hands –Studies show one of the reasons we catch colds and flu in winter is that we are indoors and closer to others. Protect yourself by washing your hands regularly and try not to touch your face.

Sleep – The Nei Ching, an ancient Chinese classic, advised people to go to sleep early and rise late after the sun’s rays have warmed the atmosphere a bit. This preserves your own Yang Qi for warming your body in cold weather.

No Stress – According to Chinese medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off. Find a way to relax and de-stress on a daily basis. Stress management may include yoga, meditation, biofeedback,simple relaxation therapy, herbal remedies or acupuncture.

Herbal Medicine – A thousand year old Chinese herbal formula called Jade Windscreen is a handy complement to immune boosting acupuncture treatments. It is made up of just three powerful herbs which combine to tonify the immune system, strengthen the digestive system, and fortify the exterior of the body to fight off wind-borne viruses and bacteria. This handy formula comes in pill, capsule or liquid form and can be taken for a few days each month to stave off colds, flu or when there’s a challenging work-load or sleep loss.

Acupuncture for Prevention- Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help prevent colds and flu by building up the immune system. Inserting needles into just a few acupuncture points can strengthen the circulation of blood and energy, consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle (Wei Qi) so that germs and viruses cannot enter the body. The ultra-thin needles don’t hurt, are inserted just under the skin, and are removed within ten to twenty minutes. As you transition from one season to another, a visit to your acupuncturist can help keep you healthy in those cold winter months.

COLD PREVENTION

Fall and winter are cold and flu season. It may be impossible to avoid catching a cold, but doing the cold clipfollowing will certainly increase your chances of being cold free this fall and winter.

Wash Your Hands. Your best protection against the cold virus is to wash your hands with soap and water often. Be vigilant with hand washing during cold season if you work with kids or if you are around someone with a cold, especially someone in your own household. If you can’t always get to a sink, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends keeping some alcohol-based gel cleanser with you and using it often.

Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face. Because cold viruses like to get into your body through your mouth, nose, and eyes, keeping your hands away from these body parts is essential.

Use Your Own Stuff. Don’t use a cold-sufferer’s phone, keyboard, pen, drinking glass, or other items.

Do Some Disinfecting. Viruses are hardy creatures that can live up to three hours on objects. Use a disinfectant that specifically targets cold viruses to clean common areas.

Avoid Crowds. Because cold viruses are so contagious, you improve your chances of not getting one if you stay away from the pack.

Get Adequate Sleep Every Night. Get at least seven to eight hours sleep nightly.

Eat Healthily. Healthy foods such as vegetables, fruit, grains, etc., are an important part of keeping your body nutrition at its optimum. Processed, fatty, and sugary foods don’t give the immune-boosting protection that healthier food does. Sugary foods can decrease immune function for up to five hours.

Get Regular exercise. Exercise has immune-system enhancing effects that can help ward off illness. Don’t overdo exercise though, as too much strenuous or excessive exercise can leave you prone to illness.

Reduce Stress. Stress can harm the ability of your immune system to work optimally, and people who are stressed tend to catch colds more than less stressed people.. Manage your stress well.

Keep Hydrated. Dehydration inhibits the immune system’s functioning. Drinking water may also help wash cold and flu viruses from your throat to your stomach where they cannot survive.

Avoid Cigarette Smoke. Or quit if you already smoke. The smoke from cigarettes irritates airways and this can lead to increased vulnerability to colds, including passive smoke..

Keep Your Immune System Strong. Eat right, exercise, and manage stress to keep your immune system at its best to help you fight off any cold bug. Consult with your local Acupuncturist/Herbalist for immune enhancing herbal formulas, or remedies to take at the first sign of a cold.

NAET: Hope for severe allergies.

It’s Allergy season again.

What’s that you say? “I thought that was in the spring”.

Actually Fall is the season of the Lung and this is the perfect time to be addressing your allergies.

Get your immune system up to par so next spring isn’t such a disaster. Imagine being outside and taking a deep breathe enjoying the flowers, trees.

Sounds good right?

Now imagine someone who has such an extreme allergy that it can send them into anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you’re allergic to, such as a peanut or the venom from a bee sting.

The flood of chemicals released by your immune system during anaphylaxis can cause you to go into shock; your blood pressure drops suddenly and your airways narrow, blocking normal breathing. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include a rapid, weak pulse, a skin rash, and nausea and vomiting. Common triggers of anaphylaxis include certain foods, some medications, insect venom and latex.

This means using an Epi-pen and going to the emergency room. More and more we hear of kids reacting to peanuts or peanut butter when someone brings them to school and they share their treats. This is a terrifying experience for everyone involve. If the reaction itself isn’t scary enough, the hospital experience can give them nightmares.

Now imagine a process that will reduce or eliminate these extreme reactions. Wow. Kids can just be kids. Adults can eat at any restaurant and not worry about peanut sauce or other substances that can be life threatening.

That process is here and it’s called NAET – Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techinique. I recently spent 3 days in California at our annual symposium talking about and reviewing the research and experiences NAET practitioners have had addressing anaphylaxis in patients. It is a life changer. Even just being able to feel safer in the presence of these challenging substances and not having to use an Epi-pen or go to the ER is incredible.

This technique can be used on anyone, any age. It does not require needles so you can release that fear. Want to know more? Please call Oregon City Acupuncture and speak with Carol. You can also check out the NAET site online – www.naet.com and see what it’s all about. We have practitioners around the world. It’s been around for over 30 years. It’s not new, just amazing. Check it out.

 

Miso Soup with Scallions – A tasty cure for the common cold

miso soupDid you know that Miso Soup with Scallions is an ancient Chinese herbal remedy for colds? In 300 AD famous herbalist, Ge Hong, writes about Miso Soup with Scallions in a book called, Bei ji zhou hou fang or Emergency Formulas to Keep Up One’s Sleeve. The soup is indicated for the onset of a cold when a person is just beginning to feel a headache, stuffy nose and a slight fever with chills. Drink a cup or two of hot miso soup and wrap up in a warm blanket!

So, the next time you feel a cold coming on, be sure to have your miso! Miso is available at your local Asian market or health food store.

 Miso Soup Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Miso (usually sold in the refrigerated section). Instant miso packets are also available.
  • 2-3 scallions, chopped
  • 3-4 slices fresh ginger

Directions:

Dissolve the miso in a little bit of boiling water.   Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add the ginger & scallions.  Simmer covered for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, top with some chopped scallions and serve.

Variations:

You can add various other ingredients soup, such as tofu, fresh mushrooms, cooked shrimp, snow peas,bean sprouts, cooked rice noodles, or paper-thin slices of fresh ginger. Ginger & the white parts of scallions as a tea alone works very well, too, for a cold with chills.