4 Health Benefits of Tofu – Ben Cao Medical Book

1. Description – What is tofu and how is it made?

Tofu (also known as bean curd, Chinese Pinyin: Dou Fu, Simplified Chinese: 豆腐), is a soft white soy food made with soy milk. It is believed that tofu was originated in the Chinese Western Han Dynasty (206BC-AD 24). Though tofu can be cut into different desired sizes, it is often available in market in standard size: 120mm x 90mm x 60mm. Tofu flavor is generally described as bland and beany. Tofu is used as tonic, heat-clearing drug, anticancer drug and anti-radiation drug in traditional Chinese medicine (CTM) and widely adopted in treating different diseases and health problems, such as osteoporosis and diabetes.

2. Odour, Properties And Channels:

Tofu is considered to have sweet, brackish, cold and mildly toxic properties and to be associated with the spleen, stomach and large intestine meridians.

3. Uses, Health Benefits of Tofu & Medical Formulas:

3.1 Menopause Relief

During menopause, a woman’s ovaries stop producing eggs. The body generates less of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Lower levels of these hormones cause menopause symptoms. Experts found that tofu contains flavonoids which can help to treat menopausal symptoms.

3.2 Weight Loss

Tofu is a high-protein alternative to red meat. It is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also a good source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1. As part of a reduced-calorie diet, tofu can help lose excess body fat.

3.3 Slow Aging

Fermented tofu contains the perfect form of vitamin K – vitamin K2 or menaquinone, or MK for short. Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K2 during the fermentation process. Vitamin K helps prevent and relieve muscle cramps associated with aging and keep arteries flexible and youthful.

3.4 Reducing Inflammation, Swelling And Relieving Pain

Steam tofu (bean curd) with powdered sodium sulfate can be applied externally to treat swollen eyelids.

4. Contraindication, Side-effects & Cautions:

Administration with caution for people experiencing spleen and stomach deficiency, or diarrhea.

The Ben Cao Medical Book (also known as Compendium of Materia Medica or Ben Cao Gang Mu; Chinese: 本草纲目) is the most famous and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Compiled and written by Li Shi-zhen (1518~1593), a medical expert of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) over 27 years.

The Ben Cao Medical Book records and describes all the plants, animals, minerals, and other objects that were believed to have medicinal properties in TCM. The book reflects the pharmaceutical achievements and developments of East Asia before the 16th century. On the basis of his predecessors’ achievements in the pharmacological studies, Li contributed further by supplementing and rectifying many past mistakes and misconception in relate to nature of many medicinal substances and causes of various illnesses. Charles Darwin, originator of the biological theory of evolution, regards the book as the “ancient Chinese encyclopedia”.

Disclaimer: The Ben Cao Medical Book is translated by ChinaAbout.net. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of CTM knowledge and information from the research and experience from the author Li Shi-zhen. Kindly be alert that the CTM knowledge and ancient formulas given above are likely NOT medically proven and may contain misconceptions.

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