easy macrobiotic remedies

Everything is about interaction. Macrobiotic remedies are most effective when combined with a diet of grains and vegetables and healthy lifestyle practices. Learn about macrobiotic remedies below.

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Internal Macrobiotic Remedies

Ume-Sho Kuzu Drink

This is the most important macrobiotic remedy. It strengthens digestion and vitality of the kidneys and spleen system. In addition to improving fatigue, restoring energy and helping the body overcome a cold. 

Ume-Sho Kuzu

Ingredients:

1 heaping teaspoon of kuzu powder

1 cup of cold water

1⁄2 to 1 umeboshi plum

Several drops to 1⁄2 teaspoon shoyu Optional: 1⁄8 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

Preparation:

Chop the pulp of 1⁄2 to 1 umeboshi plum and mash into a paste.

Dissolve the kuzu powder in 2 to 3 tablespoons of cold water.

Add the cup of the cold water to the dissolved kuzu and the mashed umeboshi plum.

Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium flame, stirring constantly until the liquid becomes a transparent gelatin. Reduce the flame as low as possible.

Add from several drops to 1⁄2 teaspoon of shoyu, gently stir and simmer 1 to 2 minutes.

Grated ginger may be added near the end.

Drink while hot.

Ume-Sho Bancha Drink 

This macrobiotic remedy regulates digestion, strengthens circulation, and relieves fatigue and weakness. As well as, improves blood quality. The difference is kuzu drink strengthens and stabilizes the digestion. Therefore, used for fevers or chills, balancing, and neutralizing. While Ume-Sho Bancha is more activating for digestion. Meaning this drink is good for eliminating acidity and helping with discharge.

Ume-Sho Bancha

Ingredients:

Hot bancha twig tea

1⁄2 to 1 umeboshi plum mashed 

1⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon shoyu

Preparation:

Put the umeboshi plum and shoyu in a tea cup, add the hot bancha tea and stir well. Drink hot and eat the plum.

Sweet Vegetable Drink

This drink stabilizes blood sugar, cuts down on sweet cravings and basically harmonizes the body. Overall, it helps to soften tightness caused by heavy animal food consumption and relax the body and muscles.

Sweet Vegetable Drink

Ingredients:

1⁄4 cup of onions

1⁄4 cup of carrots

1⁄4 cup of round cabbage

1⁄4 cup of sweet winter squash or leeks or a loose 1⁄4 cup of dried daikon 3 cups of filtered water

There is no seasoning in this drink

Preparation:

Chop onions, carrots, cabbage and squash or dried daikon into small pieces.

Bring the filtered water to a boil, add vegetables to the boiling water and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce flame to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Strain out vegetables and drink the broth warm or hot.

Drink 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the afternoon.

Dried Daikon Tea

This macrobiotic remedy strengthens immunity, helps eliminate dairy foods, relax the body and good for weight loss. Both sweet vegetables and daikon drink softens and hardens the body.

Dried Daikon Tea

Ingredients:

Loose 12 cup dried daikon

1 inch kombu and 1 medium to large dried shiitake 3 cups filtered water

Preparation:

Place the ingredients and filtered water in a pan, bring to a boil on a medium to high flame. Cover, lower the flame and simmer for 20 minutes.

Strain and drink hot. 

Drink 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup at night.

Umeboshi Tea Drink

This drink is good remedy for hangovers and improving digestion.

Umeboshi Tea 

Ingredients:

Hot bancha tea

1⁄2 to 1 umeboshi plum mashed 

Preparation:

Put the umeboshi plum and shoyu in a tea cup, add the hot bancha tea and stir well. Drink hot and eat the plum.

External Remedies

Topically Bruised Cabbage

Take the whiter leaves of cabbage and gently go over with rolling pin. Then place on joints to reduce arthritis inflammation, improve circulation, quicken healing and alleviate pain. Found to be  better than ice for joint pain.

Foot Bath

A foot bath with hot water and table salt will help create relaxed energy for good sleep. In addition to improving kidney function and upper body problems.

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Author: Denny Waxman

Denny Waxman has been a macrobiotic counselor since the 1970s and is one of the founders of American Macrobiotics. He has changed the food narrative away from a diet dependent upon animal & dairy foods. From the Mid-Atlantic Summer Camp, to opening Essene Market, and directing the Kushi Institute, he has been a pioneer of macrobiotics. His notoriety came after Dr. Anthony Sattilaro overcame cancer and credited Denny for saving his life in his book, Recalled by Life. Denny has written several books and teaches globally.