The following home remedies are based
on the traditional oriental medicine of China and Japan. These remedies have
been used for thousands of years to alleviate various imbalances caused by
faulty diet or unhealthy lifestyle activities. They should be followed only
after complete understanding of their uses. If there is any doubt as to whether
one should use these remedies, please seek out an experienced macrobiotic
counselor for proper education.
Bancha Stem Tea
Use for strengthening the metabolism in
all sicknesses. Use 1 tablespoon of tea to 1 quart of water, bring to a boil,
reduce flame, and simmer 45 minutes.
Brown Rice Cream
Used in cases when a person in a
weakened condition needs to be nourished and energized or when the digestive
system is impaired. Dry-roast brown rice evenly until all the grains turn a
yellowish color. To one part rice, add a small amount of sea salt and 36
parts water, then pressure cook for at least 2 hours. Squeeze out the creamy
part of the cooked rice gruel through a sanitized cheesecloth. Eat with a small
volume of condiment, such as umeboshi plum, gomasio (sesame salt), tekka, kelp,
or other seaweed powder.
Brown Rice Plaster
When the swelling of a boil or
infection is not opened by a taro plaster, a rice plaster can be used to
help reduce the fever around the infected area. Hand grind 70% cooked brown
rice, 20% raw green leafy vegetables, and raw nori in a suribachi the more
grinding, the better. (If the mixture is very sticky, add water.) Apply the
paste to the affected area. If the plaster begins to burn, remove it, since it
is no longer effective. To remove, rinse with warm water to remove direct paste.
retained water and excess fluid from swollen areas of the body.
Mix buckwheat flour with enough
hot water to form a hard, stiff dough. Apply in a 1/2-inch layer to the affected
area; tie in place with a bandage or piece of cotton linen, and leave in place
for up to 4 hours.
considerations for cancer cases: A buckwheat
plaster should be applied in cases where a patient develops a swollen abdomen
due to retention of fluid. If this fluid is surgically removed, the patient may feel
better temporarily but may suddenly become much worse after several days.
It is better to avoid such a drastic procedure.
This plaster can be applied anywhere on
the body. In cases where a breast has been removed, for example, the surrounding
lymph nodes, the neck, or, in some cases, the arm often become swollen after
several months. To relieve this condition, apply ginger compresses to the
swollen area for about 5 minutes, then apply a buckwheat plaster; replace
every 4 hours. After removing the plaster, you may notice that fluid is
coming out through the skin or that the swelling is starting to go down. A
buckwheat plaster will usually eliminate the swelling after only several
applications, or at most after two or three days.
Burdock Tea (dried root)
Use for strengthening vitality. To 1
portion of fresh burdock shavings, add 10 times the amount of water. Bring to a
boil, reduce flame, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Reduces high fever, as in the case of
pneumonia. Crush and mash a whole, live carp and mix with a small amount of
whole-wheat flour. Spread this mixture onto oiled paper and apply to the chest.
When treating pneumonia, drink 1 or 2 teaspoons of carp blood, only in the
case where the carp has just been killed. Take the body temperature every half
hour, and immediately remove the carp plaster when the temperature reaches
To eliminate excessive fats and help
dissolve hardening accumulation in the intestines. Grate 1 tablespoon of raw
daikon and carrot. Cook in 2 cups of water for 58 minutes with a pinch of
sea salt or 710 drops of tamari soy sauce.
Daikon Radish Drink
No. 1: May reduce a fever by inducing
sweating. Mix 1/2 cup grated fresh daikon with 1 tablespoon of tamari
soy sauce and 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger. Pour hot bancha tea over
this mixture, stir, and drink while hot.
No. 2: To induce urination. Use a piece
of cheesecloth to squeeze the juice from the grated daikon. Mix 2 tablespoons
of this juice with 6 tablespoons of hot water to which a pinch of sea salt has
been added. Boil this mixture and drink only once a day. Do not use this
preparation more than three consecutive days without proper supervision, and
never use it without first boiling.
No. 3: To help dissolve fat and
In a teacup, place 1 tablespoon fresh grated daikon and a few drops of tamari
soy sauce . Pour hot bancha tea over mixture and drink. It is most effective
when taken just before sleeping. Do not use this drink longer than one week unless
otherwise advised by an experienced macrobiotic counselor.
Dandelion Root Tea
Strengthens the heart and small
intestine function and increases vitality. One tablespoon of root to 1 quart of
water. Bring to a boil, reduce flame, and simmer 10 minutes.
Helps to prevent tooth problems,
promotes a healthy condition in the mouth, and stops bleeding anywhere in the
body by contracting expanded blood capillaries. Bake an eggplant, particularly
the calix, or cap, until black. Crush into a powder and mix with 3050%
roasted sea salt. Use daily as a tooth powder or apply to any bleeding
area (even inside the nostrils in case of nosebleed, by inserting squeezed,
wet tissue dipped in dentie into the nostril).
Dried Daikon Leaves
Used to warm the body and treat
various disorders of the skin and female sex organs. Also helpful in drawing
odors and excessive oils from the body. Dry fresh daikon leaves in the shade,
away from direct sunlight, until they turn brown and brittle. (If daikon leaves
are unavailable, turnip greens may be substituted.) Boil 45 bunches of the
leaves in 45 quarts water until the water turns brown. Stir in a handful
of sea salt and use in one of the following ways:
Dip cotton linen into the hot liquid
and wring lightly. Apply to the affected area repeatedly, until the skin becomes
Women experiencing problems in their
sexual organs should sit in a hot bath to which the daikon leaves liquid
described above with the addition of 1 handful of sea salt has been added. The
water should come to waist level, with the upper portion of the body covered with
a towel. Remain in the water until the whole body becomes warm and sweating
begins. This generally takes about 10 minutes. Repeat as needed, up to ten
days. Following the bath, douche with warm bancha tea, a very small pinch of
salt, and juice of half a lemon.
Stimulates blood and body fluid circulation; helps loosen and dissolve stagnated
toxic matter, cysts, tumors, etc.
Place a handful of grated ginger
in a cheesecloth and squeeze out the ginger juice into a pot containing 1 gallon of hot water kept just below the boiling point, if you boil, you will lose
the power of the ginger. Dip a towel into the ginger water (preferably a 100%
cotton towel), wring it out tightly, and apply, very hot, directly to the area to
be treated. A second, dry towel can be placed on top to reduce heat loss. Apply
a fresh hot towel every 23 minutes until the skin becomes red.
considerations for cancer cases: The ginger
compress should be prepared in the usual manner. However, it should be applied
for only a short time (35 minutes maximum), to activate circulation in the
affected area, and should be followed immediately by a taro potato or potato
plaster. If a ginger compress is applied repeatedly over an extended period, it
may accelerate the growth of the cancer, particularly if it is a more yin
variety. The ginger compress should be considered only as preparation for the
taro plaster in cancer cases, not as an independent treatment, and applied for
several minutes only. Please seek more specific recommendations from a qualified
Ginger Sesame Oil
Activates the function of the
capillaries, circulation, and nerve reactions.
Also relieves aches and pains. Mix the
juice of grated fresh ginger with an equal amount of sesame oil. Dip cotton
linen into this mixture and rub briskly into the skin of the affected area. This
is also helpful for headache, dandruff, and hair growth.
A digestive aid, especially for fatty,
oily, heavy foods and animal food. Grate fresh daikon (red radish or turnip
may be used if daikon is not available). Sprinkle with tamari soy sauce and eat
about 1 tablespoon. You may also use a pinch of grated ginger.
Green Magma Tea
Young barley-grass powder. Good for
reducing and melting fats, cysts and tumors arising from animal foods. Pour hot
water over 12 teaspoons and drink. Consult a qualified macrobiotic counselor for length of time to use.
Good for strengthening the blood.
No. 1: Use one 3-inch strip of kombu to 1 quart
water. Bring to a boil, reduce flame, and simmer 10 minutes.
No. 2: Dry kombu in a 350°
oven for 1015 minutes or until crisp. Grate 1/2 teaspoon kombu into a cup
and add hot water.
Kuzu (Kudzu) Drink
Strengthens digestion, increases
vitality, and relieves general fatigue. Dissolve a heaping teaspoon of kuzu
powder in 2 teaspoons water and add to 1 cup cold water. Bring the
mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to the simmering point, and stir constantly,
until the liquid becomes a transparent gelatin. Stir in 1 teaspoon tamari
soy sauce and drink while hot.
Lotus Root Plaster
mucus from the
sinuses, nose, throat, and bronchi. Mix grated fresh lotus root with 1015%
pastry flour and 5% grated fresh ginger. Spread a 1/2-inch layer onto cotton
linen and apply the lotus root directly to the skin. Keep on for several hours
or overnight and repeat daily for several days. A ginger compress can be applied
before this application, to stimulate circulation and loosen mucus in the
area being treated.
Lotus Root Tea
To aid in coughs and
mucus. Grate 1/2 cup fresh lotus root, squeeze the juice into a pot, and add a
small amount of water. Cook for 810 minutes. Add a pinch of sea salt and drink
If using dried lotus root, cook in 1
cup of water for 1215 minutes, add a pinch of sea salt or tamari soy sauce,
and drink hot.
Good for ridding the body of worms
and for jaundice. One tablespoon mugwort to 1 quart water. Bring
to a boil, reduce flame, and simmer 510 minutes. Use carefully, so as not
to create constipation.
Stimulates blood and body fluid
circulation and loosens stagnation. Add hot water to dry mustard powder and stir
well. Spread this mixture onto a paper towel and sandwich between two thick
cotton towels. Apply this sandwich to the skin area, leave on until the
skin becomes red and warm, then remove. After removing, wipe off remaining
mustard plaster from the skin with towels.
Nachi Green Tea
To help dissolve and discharge animal
fats and reduce high cholesterol levels. Place 1/2 teaspoon tea into the
serving kettle. Pour 1 cup hot water over the tea and steep for 35
minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup per day.
Used to strengthen the
stimulate heartbeat and blood circulation. Crush a raw egg and mix with 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce. Drink slowly. Use only once a day and for no
more than three days.
Raw Brown Rice and Seeds
Will help eliminate worms of various
types. Skip breakfast. Then, on an empty stomach, eat a handful of raw brown
rice with half a handful of raw seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower, and
another half handful of chopped raw onion, scallion, or garlic. Chew everything
very well, and have your regular meal later in the day. Repeat for two to three days.
Roasted Barley Tea
Good for melting animal fat from the
body. Roast barley in a skillet, stirring constantly to prevent burning, until a
fragrant aroma is detected. To 1 portion barley, add 10 times the amount of
water . Bring to a boil, reduce flame, and simmer 10 minutes. This is a very
nice summer drink and may also aid in the reduction of fever.
Roasted Rice Tea
Good for all sicknesses. Prepare using
the same method as for roasted barley tea. This is also a good tea for reducing fever.
Salt Bancha Tea
Used to loosen stagnation in the nasal
cavity or to cleanse the vagina. Add enough salt to warm bancha tea
(body temperature) to make it just a little less salty than sea water. Use the
liquid to wash deep inside the nasal cavity through the nostrils or as a
douche. Salt bancha tea can also be used as a wash for problems with the eyes,
sore throat, and fatigue.
Used to warm any part of the body. For
the relief of diarrhea, for example, apply the pack to the abdominal region.
Roast salt in a dry pan until hot, then wrap in a thick cotton linen pillowcase or towel. Apply to the troubled area and change when the pack begins
Cold salt water will contract the skin
in the case of burns, while warm salt water can be used to clean the rectum,
colon, and vagina. When the skin is damaged by fire, immediately soak the burned
area in cold salt water until irritation disappears. Then apply vegetable oil to
seal the wound from air. For constipation or mucus or fat accumulation in
the rectum, colon, and vagina, use warm salt water (body temperature) as
an enema or douche.
Scallion, Onion, or Daikon Juice
Neutralizes the poison of a bee
sting or insect bite. Cut either a scallion or daikon or their greens and
squeeze out the juice. (If you cannot obtain these vegetables, red radish can be
used.) Rub the juice thoroughly into the wound.
Use to relieve stagnated bowels or to
eliminate retained water. To induce the
discharge of stagnated bowels, take 12 tablespoons raw sesame oil with 1/4
teaspoon ginger and tamari soy sauce on an empty stomach. To eliminate water retention in the eyes, put a
drop or two of pure sesame oil (it is best to use dark sesame oil if available)
in the eyes with an eyedropper, preferably before sleeping. Continue up to a
week, until the eyes improve. Before using the sesame oil for this purpose, remove
impurities by boiling it and then straining it through a sanitized cheesecloth.
Shiitake Mushroom Tea
Used to relax an overly tense,
stressful condition and help dissolve excessive animal fat. Soak a dried
black shiitake mushroom cut in quarters. Cook in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes
with a pinch of sea salt. Drink only 1/2 cup at a time.
Tamari Bancha Tea
Neutralizes an acidic blood condition,
promotes blood circulation, and relieves fatigue. Pour 1 cup hot bancha twig
tea over 12 teaspoons tamari soy sauce. Stir and drink hot.
More effective than an ice pack to
draw out fever. Squeeze the water from the tofu, mash it, then add 1020% pastry flour and 5% grated ginger. Mix the ingredients and apply directly to
the skin. Change every 23 hours, or sooner if plaster becomes very hot.
Taro Potato (Albi) Plaster
Often used after a ginger compress to
collect stagnated toxic matter and draw it out of the body. Peel off potato skin
and grate the white interior. Mix with 5% grated fresh ginger. Spread this
mixture in a 1/2- inch-thick layer onto fresh cotton linen and apply the taro
side directly to the skin. Change every 4 hours.
Taro potato can usually be obtained in
most major cities in the U.S. and Canada, from Chinese, Armenian, or Puerto Rican
grocery stores or natural food stores. The skin of this vegetable is brown and
covered with hair. The taro potato is grown in Hawaii as well as the
Orient. Smaller taro potatoes are the most effective for use in this plaster. If
taro is not available, a preparation using regular potato can be substituted.
While not as effective as taro, it will still produce a beneficial result. Mix
5060% grated potato with 4050% grated green leafy
vegetables, mixing them together in a suribachi. Add enough wheat flour to make
a paste and add 5% grated ginger. Apply as above.
considerations for cancer cases:
taro plaster has the effect of drawing cancerous toxins out of the body and is
particularly effective in removing carbon and other minerals often
contained in tumors. If, when the plaster is removed, the light-colored
mixture has become dark or brown, or if the skin where the plaster was applied
also takes on a dark color, this change indicates that excessive carbon and
other elements are being discharged through the skin. This treatment will
gradually reduce the size of the tumor.
If the patient feels chilly from the
coolness of the plaster, a hot ginger compress, applied for 5 minutes while
changing plasters, will help relieve this. If chill persists, roast sea salt in a
skillet, wrap it in a towel, and place it on top of the plaster. Be careful not
to let the patient become too hot from this salt application.
Good for neutralizing an acid or
nauseous condition and diarrhea in the stomach. Pour hot water or bancha tea
over 1/4 teaspoon of ume extract.
Neutralizes an acidic condition and
relieves intestinal problems, including those caused by microorganisms. Take
1/21 umeboshi plum with 1 cup bancha tea. Or you may bake the whole plums.
If you are using powder, add a tablespoon to 1 cup hot water.
Strengthens the blood and
circulation through the regulation of digestion. Pour 1 cup bancha tea over
the meat of 1/21 umeboshi plum and 1 teaspoon tamari soy
sauce. Stir and drink hot.
Ume-Sho-Bancha with Ginger
Increases blood circulation.
Same as above, but add 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger juice and pour 1 cup hot
bancha tea over, stir, and drink.
Ume-Sho-Kuzu (Kudzu) Drink
Strengthens digestion, revitalizes
energy, and regulates the intestinal condition. Prepare the kuzu drink according
to the instructions for Kuzu Drink and add the meat of 1/21 umeboshi plum.
One-eighth teaspoon fresh grated ginger may also be added.