Pattern Diagnosis: Blood Stagnation

Healthy blood circulates freely through the vessels to nourish the skin, muscles, bones, and organs. It is neither too thick nor too thin in viscosity, neither too pale nor too dark in color.

Signs of blood stagnation include fixed, stabbing pain that is not relieved or worsens with pressure, dark, purplish menstrual blood which may have clots, purplish coloration or dark spots on the skin or tongue, and abnormal bleeding of dark blood.

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Roasted chicken drumsticks with pomegranate spice glaze

Roasted chicken drumsticks with pomegranate spice glaze

Pomegranate molasses is a thick, tangy syrup that's made by boiling pomegranate juice down until it reduces. It's a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisines, and it can be made on the stovetop at home, or bought in specialty ethnic markets.

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Spaghetti Squash al Ragu'

Spaghetti Squash al Ragu'

Leave it to an Americana to insert turkey and squash into an otherwise classic Italian recipe! In the Old World this dish uses pasta and beef, but even Italians are choosing to avoid one or both of them these days, for a number of health reasons. I tend to view recipes as flexible templates, and health is an excellent excuse to vary from tradition.

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Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

 In the health foodie community, black bean brownies are nothing new. But the majority of folks will still raise an eyebrow when you tell them the secret ingredient in this dessert. In the West, we think of beans as being a strictly savory ingredient, but it's actually really common to find them in Asian desserts.  Adzuki beans in particular (which I have also used in this recipe to great success) are naturally sweet and have a smooth, soft texture that lends well to ice cream, mochi, and cakes. 

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