Pate. When you hear pate, you might think to yourself “yuk” or personally, it reminds me of my grandmother. It’s not just the taste, it’s the texture, but it’s so good for us. We’ll dive into that momentarily.
Let’s have a quick look at what we think about eating organ meat from a Chinese medicine food therapy point of view.
In regards to Chinese medicine, there is no distinct difference between food and medicine, meaning that food itself can sometimes be all the medicine you need. Food is viewed as a powerful tool to help create and maintain wellness. You might notice in your herbs that we use lots of foods such as goji berries and dates.
As Chinese medicine focuses on the idea that “like treats like”, it is wise to include liver in your diet because eating liver will benefit your liver. Like treats like. The liver in Chinese medicine is a very important organ. It is essential for removing toxins, processing food nutrients and regulating body metabolism. If the liver is out of balance, it can disrupt the whole flow of the rest of body. Symptoms of a liver imbalance are menstrual pain, headache, dizziness, dry, red eyes, tendonitis but also anger, irritability, frustration and depression. In Chinese medicine, emotional imbalances can act as both symptoms and causes for physical issues. Emotional health and physical health are very closely connected.
The liver also stores blood according to Chinese medicine. The concept of blood in Chinese medicine shares a close relationship with the western concept in that it has both a nourishing and moistening function. In Chinese Medicine we often speak about the importance of harmonising the blood, especially when it comes to women’s health. Eating liver can both move blood stagnation and nourish blood deficiency. As women bleed each month, we often tend to be a little deficient in blood.
Signs of blood deficiency in Chinese medicine include:
- mild anxiety
- poor memory
- low energy, fatigue, tiredness
- dry hair
- brittle nails
- cramps, numbness
- dry tongue
Some blood building foods include:
- Fish: oysters, sardines.
- Vegetables: beetroot, kale, spinach, silverbeet, carrot, alfalfa sprouts
- Meat (organic or at least grass-fed): beef, bone broths and chicken liver
Chicken liver pate was one of Jane’s sons first foods as it is iron rich. To make a baby friendly version, we adjust it by removing any salt, onion or garlic that can cause some digestive issues for babies whose digestive system and kidneys are still developing. You can find a good recipe here.
Recently Jane chatted with Ben Bishop from Offlay Good Food about why he has decided to dedicate his life to making pate. Click here for the podcast link where Ben talks about all things pate and shares his tips about added onion and bacon to make chicken liver taste better.
You can buy his products here. Use the code HERBAL for 15% off and no delivery fee!