How to Use Cabbage for Your Health
( By Candace Liu LAc, B. Med, MSOM, DAOM )
Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) Nutrition
The ancient Chinese herbology tome Compendium of Ben Cao Gan Mu describes the flavor of cabbage as sweet and neutral. Cabbage can be used to nourish the kidney and tonify the marrow (bone marrow and brain). In TCM, nourishing the kidney does not refer to kidney disease but rather supporting bone growth and preventing osteoporosis.
Cabbage has laxative properties due to the high water and dietary fiber content. These components promote peristalsis and prevent constipation. In addition, cabbage can be used to assist in weight loss because it is low in calories and sugar and high in fiber. Cabbage can also stabilize blood sugar levels.
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