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Walnut | Brain Food | In The Pantry of a Chinese Herbalist

Posted Aug 09 2011 10:45am


Most of us know that a handful of nuts everyday is good for the heart. Nuts are good for lowering bad cholesterol, in hand, which might lower the risk of heart disease. In Chinese Medicine, nuts are viewed not only as a health food but as a remedy which we use to treat patients; while almonds are used more to treat the circulation of lung and large intestine, walnuts are seen as tonifying and strengthening the bones, marrows, blood, and kidneys. There is an old saying in chinese families that eating walnuts is good for the brain, preventing memory loss and mental fatigue. *If you look at the shape of a walnut, on the outside it is shaped like a skull, once cracked, the shape of the nut inside is similar to the shape of our brain. It could just be a funny coincidence that walnuts are also the only nut that contains large amounts of alpha-linolenic acid.





Medicinal Properties

  1. Nourishes the nervous system, deceleration of the aging process: memory loss, mental fatigue, forgetfulness, slow response in young kids.
  2. Lubricates the organs and tonifies blood: heart problems, chronic dry cough, constipation, brittle hair, infertility.
  3. Strengthens bones and marrows: lower body fatigue and pain, low bone density.

Traditional Uses in Chinese Medicine

  1. Aging well, in keeping healthy skin, hair and bones as well as staying mentally sharp: 2 tbsp of grounded walnut along with 1 tbsp of grounded black sesame seeds. Take daily.
  2. Chronic dry cough, constipation, brittle hair, infertility: consume 1 small bar of walnut date bar until symptoms subside (recipe post coming soon).
  3. High cholesterol in age 50+: eat a handful of walnuts as well as drink hawthorn fruit tea daily.

*Because of its warm characteristic, consumptions are not recommended when having a cold that produces symptoms of fever, sore throat, yellow phlegm. Remember to consult a chinese practitioner before using it regularly.

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