Pho is Vietnamese national dish which contains a high level of nutrition.

Pho is Vietnamese national dish

P ho is Vietnamese national dish which contains a high level of nutrition. Vietnam has a very rich history in oriental medicine and the area that is most impressive is their food therapy. Traditionally, they would cook the Pho with medicinal herbs of the region and season. That is why there are so many different Pho recipes and flavors. It was cooked for local conditions, not just flavor. In modern times we eat for flavor and take medicine or vitamins as nutrition. Here is a list of the individual herbs Pho Viet uses in their Pho recipe and what it treats. Together they are for syndromes such as the common cold, stomach or intestinal issues, and constitutional deficiencies including joint and bone health, Dr. Stephen Belmore DOM, A.P. from Blue Dragon Healing Center Clinic defines these herbs to give us a clear understanding of them:

Star Anise, Ba Jiao Hui Xiang

Property: Pungent, warm; liver, kidney, spleen and stomach meridians entered.
Actions: Warm yang and dissipate cold, regulate qi and alleviate pain.
Indications: Abdominal pain due to cold hernia, lumbago due to kidney deficiency, vomiting due to stomach cold.
Modern use: This herbs is the anti-viral component of Tami flu and fights the bird flu virus.

Fennel Seed, Xiao Hui Xiang

Property: Pungent, warm, liver, kidney, spleen and stomach meridians entered.
Actions: Dispel cold and alleviate pain, regulate qi and harmonize stomach.
Indications: Hernia with abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, congealing cold and qi stagnation in middle energize.

Coriander Fruit, Yuan Sui Zi

Property: Pungent, neutral, lung and stomach meridians entered.
Actions: Promote the eruption of poxes, stimulate the appetite.
Indications: Toothache, poor appetite, stuffy nose due to cold , incomplete eruption of poxes.

Onion Stalk, Cong Bai

Property:  Pungent, warm, lung and stomach meridians entered.
Actions: Dispel wind-cold, and invigorate yang.
Indications: For common cold due to wind-cold, exuberant yin with repelled yang, abdominal pain due to cold accumulation, and difficulty in urination.

Ox Bone, Niu Gu, Water Buffalo Bone

Property:  Sweet, warm, heart, kidney and large intestine meridians entered.
Actions: Astringe the wound, treat malaria and arthritis.
Indications: Arthritis, diarrhea, malaria and abscess.

Rou Gui, Cortex Cinnamon, Cinnamon Bark

Property: Pungent, sweet, hot, kidney, spleen, heart and liver meridians entered.
Actions: Reinforce fire and strengthen yang, dispel cold and stop pain, warm meridians and collateral.
Indications: Yang –deficiency syndrome, all pain syndromes due to congealing cold, congealing cold and blood stasis syndrome.

Ginger, Sheng Jiang

Property: Pungent, warm; lung, spleen and stomach meridians entered.
Actions: Disperse wind-cold, warm the middle energizer to stop vomiting, warm lung to stop cough.
Indications: Wind-cold exterior syndrome, stomach cold and vomiting syndrome, cough due to cold of the lung.

Cilantro, Hu Sui, Coriander

Property: Pungent, warm; lung and spleen meridians entered.
Actions: Induce sweating and promote eruption, promote digestion and direct qi downward.
Indications: Indigestion and inadequate eruption.

Clove Fruit

Property:  Pungent, warm, spleen, stomach, liver and kidney meridians entered.
Actions: Warm the spleen and stomach, disperse cold, regulate the flow of qi, alleviate pain.
Indications: Vomiting caused by stomach cold, infantile hernia, ozostomia, gingival atrophy, cold sensation of the genitalia, toothache caused by wind- cold, acute angina pectoris.

Ox sinew, Niu Jin

Property:  Sweet, cool, liver meridians entered.
Actions: Tonify the liver and strengthen tendons, expel wind-heat, induce dieresis.
Indications: Difficult urination, abdominal distension, internal lesion caused by overexertion, fatigue caused by wind-heat.