Most commonly used in the West and East to treat various lung-related imbalances. Sliced raw turnip is superior when pungency is needed to disperse lung congestion.
Cooking the turnip destroys its mild pungent qualities and the goitrogens it contains; however cooking makes it more digestible and building Kidney Yang.

Turnip greens are considered qi and blood propelling, and are useful in treating liver conditions and cleansing the blood from fats and toxins.


Taste: pungent, bitter, sweet

Natural Attributes: Heavy, Dry

Tissue impact (Vipak): Reducing

Thermal impact (Virya): Warming

Dosha impact: Increases Vata, decreases Kapha and Pitta

Digestive impact (Agni): hard to digest

Channels (Srotas): opens

Feces: moves

Urine: diuretic

Strength (Bala):  clears congestion and obstruction

Mind (Manas): Rajasic

Effect: diaphoretic, alkalizing, detoxicant, hypolipidemic

Chinese five element impact: Earth, Fire

Chinese medicine syndromes: improves Qi circulation, removes stagnant blood, resolves damp conditions, stimulates liver, deficient spleen-pancreas Qi

Medicinal properties

  • Blood-circulation-liver: jaundice
  • Fat: diabetes
  • Respiratory system: mucus, cough, bronchial disorders, asthma, sinus problems, hoarseness, sticky phlegm, phlegm in lungs
  • Digestive system: food stagnation, improves appetite, indigestion
  • Cleansing: neutralizes toxins

Harmful for: hypothyroidism


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