Ever feel like your qi is high and you’re suffering from body “heat”-related symptoms, including sore throat, acne, mouth sores, nose bleeds, constipation, more susceptibility to infections or inflammations? Here is a well-written article describing the phenomenon.
If you enjoy spicy foods, fried foods, a variety of nuts, and/or partying (i.e., studying) all night, then mung beans are the cure!
In my adolescent years and around the second decade of my life, I was always more susceptible to high qi, or what my mom would call, “huo qi da” (火氣大, translated from Mandarin as “fire qi big”). And prior to that, even, I often spent a lot of time holding my nose, head tilted backward, then forward, then backward again (depending on what the trend was each year) in the school clinic, stemming a nose bleed.
I’ll never forget when I discovered the ease of use in mung beans. I use the word “ease” because every time I felt like I was heading for a couple of days of being “huo qi da,” I just brew a pot of mung bean tea, drink it, and the coast is clear! No symptoms whatsoever!
Even if you don’t believe in “yin and yang,” and the importance of maintaining balance in your immune system through “hot” and “cool” foods and enough sleep, try it out when you feel like you have any of the aforementioned symptoms. You’ll definitely notice the difference.
To make Mung Bean tea/soup: Put one cup of mung beans into a pot, fill it up with water about three-quarters full. Put the lid on and bring it to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn off the stove, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Pour out the tea into a cup, let it cool if necessary, and drink. This is the most potent version of mung bean’s powers, so I always make the tea first. Most people, however, go directly to the soup or porridge version. As it boils, turn it down to let it simmer until the beans become soft enough to eat. Add some brown sugar, turn off the stove, and let it cool enough to taste. Enjoy the delicious and cooling snack!
Where to find it: You can find mung beans in clear packaging in almost any Asian grocery store. Many times, Chinese restaurants may serve them at the end of the meal, in substitute for orange slices, as a cooling agent.
What else: Just as you don’t want high qi, you don’t want low qi either. If you eat too many cooling foods (watermelon, other melons, cucumbers, etc.), you should avoid eating mung beans (symptoms of “cool” body include diarrhea, cold hands/feet, and dizziness).
Who’s done the research:
1. The mung bean is developed quickly in a hot dry climate and can be raised in the semiarid sections of our country.
2. Its protein content is high, and, as indicated by chemical analysis the nitrogen distribution is fair.
3. Nutritional tests show that rats can grow to maturity with protein from this single source. Growth is somewhat below normal, and reproduction is limited.
4. Vitamin A is present in amounts greater than is to be found n many seeds.
5. A plentiful supply of vitamin B is present when the bean composes 60 per cent of the ration, and sodium, calcium, and chlorine seem to complete the mineral requirements.
6. A limited cooking seems to aid the nutritional value, while extensive cooking becomes detrimental.
7. The uneven ripening of the bean is detrimental but data obtained show that the entire plant may be harvested green any time after the pods are filled.
8. The indications are that the mung is a superior type of bean from a nutritional standpoint, but not adequate as a sole source of protein. – Heller, V.G., Nutritive Properties of the Mung Bean. J. Biol. Chem., pgs. 435-442, 1927
- This review evaluates the potential health benefits of three legume sources that rarely appear in Western diets and are often overlooked as functional foods. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) and isolated fenugreek fractions have been shown to act as hypoglycaemic and hypocholesterolaemic agents in both animal and human studies. The unique dietary fibre composition and high saponin content in fenugreek appears to be responsible for these therapeutic properties. Faba beans (Vicia faba) have lipid-lowering effects and may also be a good source of antioxidants and chemopreventive factors. Mung beans (Phaseolus aureus, Vigna radiatus) are thought to be beneficial as an antidiabetic, low glycaemic index food, rich in antioxidants. Evidence suggests that these three novel sources of legumes may provide health benefits when included in the daily diet. – Madar Z, Stark AH. New legume sources as therapeutic agents. Br J Nutr. 88 Suppl 3:S287-92, December 2002
- A novel protease inhibitor, designated mungoin, with both antifungal and antibacterial activities, and exhibiting a molecular mass of 10kDa in SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, was isolated from mung bean (Phaseolus mungo) seeds…It exerted a potent inhibitory action toward a variety of fungal species including Physalospora piricola, Mycosphaerella arachidicola, Botrytis cinerea, Pythium aphanidermatum, Sclerotium rolfsii and Fusarium oxysporum, as well as an antibacterial action against Staphylococcus aureus. In addition, this novel plant protease inhibitor displayed anti-proliferative activity toward tumor cells. – Wang S, Lin J, Ye M, Ng TB, Rao P, Ye X. Isolation and characterization of a novel mung bean protease inhibitor with antipathogenic and anti-proliferative activities. Peptides 27(12):3129-36, December 2006
- …Effects of a commercial product of Mung bean (Phaseolus aureus) nuclease (PhA) were studied on proliferation of ML-2 human tumor cells, as well as it’s aspermatogenic, embryotoxic, immunogenic, and immunosuppressive activity, and therapeutic efficiency in athymic mice bearing human melanoma tumor. Concerning the antiproliferative activity, PhA nuclease was almost non-effective in vitro on ML-2 cells and also immunosuppressive activity on human lymphocyte in mixed culture was very low compared to that of BS RNase. However, significant antitumor activity was detected on human melanoma tumor after intratumoral or intraperitoneal administration into the mice. Furthermore conjugate of PhA nuclease with polyethylene glycol (PEG) injected seven times at the dose of 10 microg intraperitoneally showed identical antitumor activity as that of bovine seminal ribonuclease (BS RNase) injected by the same way at ten times higher dose. – Soucek J, Skvor J, Poucková P, Matousek J, Slavík T, Matousek J. Mung bean sprout (Phaseolus aureus) nuclease and its biological and antitumor effects. Neoplasma 53(5):402-9, 2006