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Nourishing Stew for SoothingPainful Muscles & Tendons

By Dr. Andrew Godenick ND L.Ac

A very simple Chinese Medicine stew to benefit the muscles and tendons contains ingredients that may be purchased in the Asian food aisle of finer grocery stores almost anywhere. The stew is excellent for the treatment of tendinitis and muscle cramping but is equally effective for athletes who consistently experience tendon and muscle pain related to strenuous workouts. This stew helps to prevent bodily injury and treats muscle and tendon aching and weakness.


  • 2 pounds beef or lamb shanks, cut 2 inches thick
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • ½ cupGoji berries (aka wolf berries)
  • 4 tablespoons Kudzu root starch (aka Japanese arrow root)
  • 4 cups soup stock (2cups beef stock and 2 cups of chicken stock)


  • On a medium-size saucepan, add olive oil then sauté the onion. Brown the meat then transfer to your slow cooker.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients in your slow cooker and stir well.
  • Set on low to cook over night(6-8 hours).

Additional Nutritional Info:

  • Goji berries have amild tangy taste that is slightly sweet and are a little known nutritionally dense superfood. Goji berries are commonly used in the treatment of blurred vision, anemia, dizziness, tinnitus, premature graying of the hair, lower back and knee pain.
  • Kudzuroot starch will thicken the stew and aids in digestion. Kudzu is indicated for stiff neck/upper back, has an inhibitory effect against hypertension and may help drinkers reduce alcohol consumption.
  • Carrots are known to benefit the vision and are high in vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium – lending to its reputation as “poor person’s ginseng” in some parts of China.
  • Celeryis used in Chinese Medicine dietetics to lower blood pressure and biomedical research suggests that celery helps to reduce total serum cholesterol.
  • Red Onions contain a higher amount of antioxidants and flavonoids than the yellow or white onion, and they’re a rich source of quercetin which is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that may help fight chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

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