Spinach (Herba Spinaciae) is dervied from the whole grass of Spinacia oleracea [Chenopodiaceae]. Usually the leaves are used, but the roots are also considered in the context of Chinese medicated diet.
Chinese Name: Bo Cai.
Nature and Flavour: Sweet in flavour and cool in nature.
Channels Entered: Stomach, Liver and Large Intestine.
Properties and Functions: Nourishes Blood and stops bleeding; Calms the Liver; Astringes Yin and moistens Dryness. In terms of Western nutrition, the edible parts of spinach are a good source or protein and carbohydrate, along with trace elements including iron, calcium and phosphorous as well as vitamin C.
Directions: To be eaten blanched or sautéed; decocted for oral administration or as a juice after being pounded.
Cautions and Contra-Indications: Caution, as excessive consumption may cause diarrhoea.