Kidney Bean
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Kidney Bean in TCM:

Explore the properties of Kidney Bean according to Chinese
Nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):


Temperature: neutral
Channels: LI, SP, SI, KD
Flavors: sweet
Tonifies: blood, yin
Regulates: clears heat, clears damp, resolves water accumulations

In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Kidney Beans (also sometimes called common beans, or Phaseolus beans) are known for their ability to tonify blood and tonify yin. They also help to clear heat, resolve dampness, and regulate water.

In general the ancient Chinese medical texts cite that they enter the Spleen, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, and Kidney. Like all legumes listed in the beans category the flavor of kidney beans is sweet, and they are considered to be neutral in temperature.

Chinese medicine generally considers kidney beans, which are shaped like a kidney, to be very beneficial for kidney problems. Specifically they could be prescribed for clearing heat in the kidneys, or to help with water regulation problems such as edema.