How to Use Peach for Longevity and Health

Candace LiuBy Candace Liu LAc, B. Med, MSOM, DAOM

In Chinese the peach also called the longevity fruit.

One raw medium peach (147 grams) has 50 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol and sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrate, 13 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein. It provides 6% of your daily vitamin A needs and 15% of daily vitamin C needs. One medium peach also contains 2% or more of the daily value of vitamins E and K, niacin, folate, iron, choline, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and copper.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) function of peach

Peach flavors are sweet and sour and the energetic temperature is warm. From a TCM perspective, these flavors enter the stomach and large intestine meridians. Peach can be used to revitalize the intestines, promote blood circulation and nourish the skin.

Regularly eating peaches may assist with chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis, atelectasis, silicosis and tuberculosis. Peach can help with symptoms such as dry cough, hemoptysis, chronic fever and night sweats. It can be used to nourish yin, tonify Qi and invigorate the lungs.

Peach can be used when recovering from an illness. A person recovering from an illness can be considered qi and blood deficient with symptoms such as a yellow face, muscle weakness, palpitations and shortness of breath. Peach can replenish Qi and blood, nourish Yin and body fluids.

Peach has an anticoagulant property so it may help with bleeding disorders such as regulating menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea and easy bruising.

Contraindication of Peach

  1. People who usually feel warm or hot should avoid.
  2. People with weak gastrointestinal function should avoid peach because it will increase the burden on the stomach.
  3. Immature peaches may cause bloating.
  4. People with diabetes or high blood sugar should use moderation

Recipe

Peach yogurt

Efficacy:                Improve constipation

Ingredients:         2 firm peaches and unsweetened yogurt

Practice:                Wash and brush the hard meat peach. Put the peach in boiling water for 30 seconds or until the skin is easily removed. Cut the peach in 8 pieces and mix it with yogurt.

Stewed fresh peach

Efficacy:                   Chronic cough

Practice:                 Peel the skin off of 3 fresh peaches. Steam the peach and add rock sugar to taste (once per day)

 

Nutritional Breakdown of Peaches by Karen Ensle Ed.D., RDN, FAND, CFCS

 

 

 

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