Traditional Chinese Medicine Recipe for Calming the Mind and Nourishing the Heart


by Christanne Spell

Lily Bulb is a commonly used herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This herb has a cooling and calming effect on the body and specifically targets the heart and lung meridians. This herb is considered to have a tonic effect on the body and has the ability to moisten the lungs, which suppresses a cough. It also calms the heart and mind.

Lotus Seed  is a commonly used herb in Chinese cuisine. Lotus Seed specifically targets the heart, spleen and kidney meridians and has a neutral flavor. This herb is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a variety of symptoms, however, in the recipe below the main focus is to nourish the heart and quiet the spirit by reducing irritability and anxiety.

The following recipe contains both Lily Bulb and Lotus Seed. This soup is easy to make and ideal for the fall season. When these herbs are combined together, they promote relaxation in the body. When the mind and body are able to rest, the body’s immune system can properly perform its function of repairing the body naturally.

Loin Soup with Lotus Seeds & Lily Bulb


1. 300 grams of Pork Loin (about 10.5 ounces)

2. 200 grams of Lotus Seed (about 7 ounces)

3. 50 grams of Lily Bulb (about 1.75 ounces)

4. 1 Green Onion

5. 8 Cups Broth (broth of your choice)


• 1/4 tbsp of Sea Salt

• A Dash of Sesame Oil

• *Proper Cornstarch + water (*Optional; for thicker consistency)


1. Rinse Pork Loin and slice into thin pieces, then marinate in seasoning for at least 10 minutes.

2. Soak Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulb for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking.

3. Chop Green Onion.


1. Cook Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulbs in the broth until tender.

2. Once the Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulbs are tender and soft, combine with the sliced pork loin, green onion, cornstarch (optional), along with the sea salt and sesame oil.

3. Once all ingredients are combined, allow the soup to cook on low-medium heat for an additional 30 minutes, then ENJOY!

Source: “Loin Soup with Lily Bulb & Lotus Seed,” Health Tonics. Foreign Languages Press. June 1, 2002.

Christanne Spell is the administrator and admissions officer at the San Antonio Branch Campus of Texas Health and Science University. She is a graduate of THSU’s Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program. To learn more about degrees and programs available at THSU, visit

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