DAO Labs Immunity Support incorporates a classic Traditional Chinese Formula known as Jade Windscreen which includes the Chinese herbs bai zhu (atractylodes) which supports Qi, dries dampness and supports the spleen. Fang feng (siler root) is warming and supports the liver and spleen. As well as huang qi (astragalus) which supports Qi is warming and supports the spleen, lung and yang.
On the food side of things, warming foods that support yang and warm cooking methods such as roasting are preferred.
Roasted kabocha squash is the ultimate emblem of fall and is a go-to ingredient for a comforting soup. Butternut squash is a good substitute. Winter squash helps to resolve phlegm, strengthens Qi and routes through the spleen making it a perfect Immunity Support ingredient. The apples bring a nice cooling to the warming onions which gives us that yin and yang balance. Star anise and cider vinegar are great warming ingredients and the orange zest accents the Qi.
Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds, lightly oil entire squash and roast squash cut side down at 400° until soft and caramelized.
Saute diced onion until translucent then add roasted squash, diced apple, stock, anise, zest, salt and pepper. Simmer until soft and puree in blender or use an immersion blender. Add almond milk, cider vinegar and adjust seasoning to taste. Garnish with a bit of orange zest.
|Ingredients||Chinese Medicine Benefits|
|Kabocha Squash||Warming Qi tonic, strengthens the spleen|
|Apple||Supports the spleen and cooling for balance|
|Chicken Stock||Fortifies Qi|
|Star Anise||Promotes Qi|
|Orange Zest||Transforms mucus|
|Almond Milk||Warming & relieves stagnant Qi|
|Cider Vinegar||Warming & detoxifying|