‘Medicine and food homology’ treatment for obesity, 4 recipes from the medicinal kitchen that will make you slim down

'Medicine and food homology' treatment for obesity, 4 recipes from the medicinal kitchen that will make you slim down

The incidence of obesity is higher when people have better living conditions and a more modern lifestyle. A study published in The Lancet by a research team from the University of London, UK, showed that obesity is closely linked to 21 diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure and so on. Weight loss methods like the ketogenic diet and fasting are everywhere. Many people want to lose weight, but often give up halfway through. However, have you tried “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for weight loss?”

TCM diagnoses the disease through inspection, listening, smelling, examining, examining and feeling (feel with the fingers). TCM believes that the physique and etiology (cause of disease) of each person is different, and it is necessary to adapt the body to the individual situation in order to achieve the effect of curing the cause and creating a physique that is easy to maintain slim, and a slim body.

Japanese TCM practitioner He Xia pointed out in an interview with the Epoch Times that organ dysfunction is the main cause of obesity, so adjusting the body is key. She said “Medicine and food homology” is one of the ways TCM treats obesity.

“Medicine and food homology” means that many foods are in fact drugs and there is no absolute boundary between them. Under the guidance of the theory of TCM, delicious dishes are prepared and cooked with TCM food. They have preventive, healing and health-preserving effects and are therefore known as ‘medicinal cuisine’.

He Xia recommended four recipes of medicinal cuisines, which can not only help everyone adjust their physique to get slim, but also have health-preserving effects.

4 recipes from medicinal kitchens to help you lose weight

1. Braised wax pumpkin

Wax pumpkin, also known as the “slimming pumpkin” and “slimming pumpkin”, is a high-fiber, low-calorie food that can provide the feeling of satiety, promote gastrointestinal motility, and slow absorption and digestion. It is useful food for weight loss.

Ingredients: 500 g wax pumpkin, a suitable amount of green onion, ginger and vegetable oil.


(1) Peel and wash the wax gourd, cut into 1 cm (0.39 inch) thick rectangles;

(2) Add an appropriate amount of vegetable oil to the frying pan, and when it is almost half hot, add the green onion and ginger and fry it;

(3) Add the wax squash and cook over low heat until the wax squash is tender, then season to taste.

Effectiveness: It has the functions of clearing heat and promoting diuresis, reducing swelling and relieving cough, clearing phlegm and so on. The “Medicinal Cuisine of Materia Medica” from the Tang Dynasty of China recorded wax pumpkin, “People with hot physique eat it is good for health, people with cold body eat it make it slim; boil it can improve the five organs of Zang Fu benefit, it is also the reason for the lower Qi (vital energy). Who wants to be slim, just eat it regularly.”

Wax pumpkin has a high water content and contains glyceric acid, which can reduce subcutaneous fat and inhibit the conversion of sugar, and it has a good effect on weight loss.

Wax Pumpkin Soup (Shutterstock)
Wax Pumpkin Soup (Shutterstock)

2. Fat-Reducing Wax Pumpkin Soup

IngredientsIngredients: 500g (17.64 ounces) wax pumpkin, 40g (1.41 ounces) kelp, two pieces dried tangerine peel, 250g (8.82 ounces) papaya.


(1) Peel and wash the wax gourd, soak the kelp in water and cut it for later use;

(2) Put the dried tangerine peel and papaya in the casserole, add eight bowls of water, cook over low heat for about two hours and season to taste.

Effectiveness: It can relieve summer heat and remove heat, remove body fat and cholesterol, and it has noticeable weight loss effect.
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3. Bamboo Shoots Slimming Soup with Snow Fungus

Ingredients:20g (0.71 ounces) dried snow fungus, 300g (10.58 ounces) bamboo shoots, 1 egg


(1) Wash the bamboo shoots, soak the dried snow fungus in water and remove the stems, beat the egg;

(2) Add an appropriate amount of water to boil in the pot, pour in the beaten egg, then add the bamboo shoots and snow fungus, simmer for 10 minutes over low heat, and season to taste.

It can also be considered a weight-loss appetizer before dinner.

Efficacy: It has the effect of eliminating abdominal fat. In addition, snow fungus can moisten the lungs and nourish the skin.

4. Weight Losing Porridge with Chinese Hawthorn, Lotus Leaf, and Barley

Ingredients: 15g (0.53 ounces) Chinese hawthorn, 10g (0.35 ounces) lotus leaf, 10g (0.35 ounces) dried tangerine peel, and an appropriate amount of barley.


(1) Wash all ingredients for later use; add 700ml (1.48 pints) of water to the pot and the ingredients.

(2) Boil over high heat, then boil over low heat for 10 to 30 minutes.

Efficacy: It has the functions of detoxification and maintaining beauty, strengthening the Spleen and the Stomach, reducing fat, and losing weight.

She reminded us that although the medicinal properties of TCM are relatively mild and it can be taken every day; when a certain weight loss effect is achieved, one should stop taking the TCM, so as not to overburden the kidneys and liver.

Ellen Wan


Ellen Wan has worked for the Japanese edition of The Epoch Times since 2007.