Cabbage and circulation around the joints

Cabbage and circulation around the joints

Cabbage is a very popular vegetable throughout the world and it is available in every season. Cabbage is available in purple and white. Many families eat cabbage a few times a week. Did you know, Traditional Chinese Medicine highly recommends eating cabbage as it greatly benefits your health.

1. Health effects of Cabbage

Chinese Medicine, considers cabbage to taste sweet, it has neither hot or cold characteristics so it is beneficial for all people. After eating, the nutrients work mainly on the liver, intestines and stomach area.

i) Improving circulation and benefitting the joints:

It is very common that when the joints are not receiving enough circulation, it will give us a signal to tell us something is not functioning properly. Clicking of the joints, stiffness or tightness, or pain in the joints are all signs of lack of circulation to the joints. One ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine books called ‘’Ben Cao Shi Yi’’ records that cabbage clears the channels by removing toxins that may block the Qi and blood around the joints, strengthens and loosens joints.

I suggest that if you have mild symptoms which have been mentioned above, whilst you are undergoing treatment you can eat cabbage regularily. Eating cabbage can reduce the stiffness, pain and puffiness of joints as well as improving circulation. I suggest that you eat stir fried cabbage and dried shrimp.

ii) Increase energy and balance internal organs:

‘’Qian Jin Yao Fang Shi Zhi’’ a Traditional Chinese medicine book, says that eating cabbage often can strengthen the kidneys and brain, balances the organs so they are functioning optimally. It is suitable for those who suffer from long term illness, after a big operation or labour. People who suffer from lower back pain, short of breathe, lack of energy, lethargy, weakness in the arms and legs and indigestion will all benefit from eating cabbage. Eating it more often will greatly improve its beneficial effects and can help prevent dementia. I suggest that you eat stir fried cabbage with goji berries. Please see our recipe below.

iii) Cabbage soup diet:

Currently many people are using the cabbage soup diet for weight loss. As cabbage helps the circulation it boosts the organs functioning to increase metabolism through improving the circulation. As cabbage primarily has its effects on the liver, stomach and intestines, it works very well to breakdown food, clear toxins from the bowl and is great for replenishing the organs, which are important factors in weight loss.

2. Recipe

i) How to cook and eat cabbage:
Cabbage can be eaten raw or cooked. However, I suggest that if you have the symptoms mentioned above, it is best for you to eat it cooked or eat it at room temperature for your salad, not cooled. Cabbage can be fried, boiled and steamed and used in many dishes that suits your desires. Cabbage is a great vegetable in that it can be used with most other vegetables in a stir fry.

ii) Stir fried cabbage with dried shrimp

2 big handfuls of chopped cabbage
1 tblsp of dried shrimp
3 tsp olive oil

Stir fry the ingredients with the oil. You can add a little amount of water to prevent the drying out or burning of the ingredients. Cover with a lid with a low heat for 5 to 7 minutes. It is now ready to eat. You can add pepper to taste.

Effects: This is a very dish to cook and is very tasty. It improves circulation; benefits the joints.

You can find dried shrimp in most asian markets, you can usually find it in the refrigerator.

iii) Stir fried cabbage with goji berries

2 handfuls of chopped cabbage
2 tblsp goji berries
3 tsp olive oil

Cook the cabbage and oil for 5 minutes and cover with a lid on a low heat. Whilst cooking you may need to add a little amount of water to prevent dryness. At the end of cooking you can add goji berries, salt and pepper for taste. It is now ready to eat.

Effects: Increase energy and immune system; strengthens the organs; anti-aging.

3. Precautions

i) If you are unsure of your body constitution, please advise your experienced TCM practitioner.


Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.

  • Takuhi Sedefci

    I have fractured clavicle bone, I fell on my chest on Sunday, today someone told me about boiling cabbage and putting on the painful area, do you know anything about this kind of treatment .

    Thank you

    27 September, 2012