Pulse of Oriental Medicine: Alternative Medicine That Works for Regular Folks
Alternative Medicine That Works for Regular Folks


with Prime Enzyme Nutrition
By David J. Nickel, O.M.D., L.Ac

Dr. Nickel is the founder of PrimeZyme International

Organ and Herbal Hunters
2500 BC to 1899 AD

Indians of Northern Canada on PEN

Their Quality of Life

  • “The physiques of the Indians were superb.”
  • “There were practically no irregular teeth”
  • “Facial and dental arch form was superb”
  • “Nearly complete immunity to dental caries.”(1)
  • No need for doctors, drugs or hospitals

Their diet

  • “Chiefly moose and caribou meat, bark and buds of trees. During the summer months growing plants.
  • I found the Indians putting great emphasis upon the eating of the organs of the animals, including the wall of parts of the digestive tract. Much of the muscle meat of the animals was fed to the dogs.
  • An important part of the nutrition of the children consisted in various preparations of bone marrow, both as a substitute for milk and as a special dietary ration.”(1c)
  • “5.8 times as much calcium, 5.8 times as much phosphorus, 7.9 times as much magnesium, 2.7 times as much iron, 1.8 times as much copper, 49 times as much iodine, and at least 10 times that the number of fat-soluble vitamins. (1d)

“Those who aspire to success in science would be
well advised to learn the history of their field.”
- David W. Cugell, MD in JAMA (2)

The Organ and Herbal Hunters: 2500 BC to 1899 AD: Second Section

We will begin to trace the beneficial use of Prime Enzyme Nutrition PEN for the Top Ten conditions beginning in 2500 BC to 1899 AD. In the second section of Part II of this 6 Part Series we will focus on the second condition of the Top Ten: How to better your digestion with diet. For over 4400 years medical practitioners especially Chinese have searched for the key organs and herbs that could benefit their patients. Our emphasis here is to focus on the prime enzyme foods mainly Heart, Liver, Kidney, Spleen, Stomach and the herb Alfalfa that were recommended by these doctors for various conditions. In addition we have added some healthy and I hope you will find tasty recipes for you to use or pass on to someone who desires to benefit their health from using them.

“Only those applying diet for treatment are superb physicians.”
(2) Sun Si Mao 590-682 A.D.

Top Ten with PEN

2. Heartburn GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

  • 163 million Americans have heartburn 3x per week (4)
  • “140 million suffer from chronic, recurring, bad breath” (5)
  • 1000 deaths (1984-1988)
  • Hospitalizations: 1 million (1985)
  • Physician office visits: 4 to 5 million (1985) (6)
  • 72 million Americans have digestive disease (6)

Remedy is Stomach/Gizzard/Alfalfa

Stomach: Dr. Cai reports from his book Eating Your Way to Health that stomach is good for “Dyspepsia: referring to

  • abdominal distention,
  • belching, and
  • regurgitation after meals.” (3b)

More benefits from taking stomach visit

Gizzard: Dr. Cai says this about gizzard...“It is good for children’s dyspepsia”(3b)

Dr. Flaws and Wolfe report in their book Prince Wen Hui’s Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy that Chicken Gizzard is “Commonly used in treatment of indigestion” (5)

The Doctors speak about their Gizzard recipe. “This recipe is (a)

  • Excellent for digestion
  • Tonification treatment
  • Tonic for Kidney yin deficiency”(5b)

(From Prince Wen Hui’s Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy)


“The father of all food” One of the most nutritious herbs because “the tiny alfalfa seed produces a root that can reach 100 feet into the earth, where it has access to minerals and trace elements untouched by other plants,” says Paul Prichard in his book (8).


  • “appetizer,
  • cleans and tones intestine
  • gas pains
  • peptic ulcers.
  • contains eight enzymes which help assimilate protein, fat, and carbohydrate.
  • It is a safe food even for children”(8b)

More benefits from taking alfalfa

Remedy Recipes for Heartburn:


Tasty Gizzards, Hearts and Liver
The dish includes duck gizzard,
heart and liver.

Spicy Chicken Gizzards and Hearts
from Prince Wen Hui’s Cook:Chinese
Dietary Therapy book page 90.
“It has the surprising quality of tasting
European rather than Chinese.”

Gizzard a Chinese Snack Food

Duck gizzard called YaZhunGan is a very popular food in China. The DaoXiangCun Brand comesfrom Shanghai where duck gizzard is considereda snack food. Many Chinese prefer duck meat overchicken because it is neutral to cool andthus it will not agravate heat conditions like sore throat, skin rash, headaches, cancer or any other inflammatory conditions.

While most of chicken meat is warm, chicken gizzard is considered neutral and thus it is suitable even for very young children and will tend to balance any body chemistry. The exception to the last statement is that if your body is too acid, gizzard like any other meat will make you more acid. This often is one of the main reasons you might feel bad after eating meat when before you felt okay.

“Spleen Benefitting Cakes” with hen’s gizzard: “Wrap up 6 g dry ginger and 30 g large-headed atractylodes root in gauze and boil with 250 g and Chinese Dates for about 1 hour. Discard the gauze and continue to cook until the dats are well done. Discard the stones. Take15 g ground inner layer of hen’s gizzard to which 500 g flour is added. Bake cakes with these
flour sheets.”(3b) - From Dr. Cai’s book Eating Your Way to Health-Dietotherapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Stomach Soup: The main ingredient is pork stomach. Beef stomach may be substituted for pork and is preferred if one has hot symptoms.

“Pig’s Stomach Porridge" Throughly rinse a pig’s stomach of about 500 g and boil in water until 70-80 per cent done. Slice it into threads. Then add to 200 g rice and cook until porridge is well done and sticky with the pig’s stomach completely done. Take it in 2 doses. This porridge may be administered for a long period.” (3b) - From Dr. Cai’s book Eating Your Way to Health-Dietotherapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Fresh Tea or Fresh Capsule

Fresh alfalfa leaf, stem and flower is available in capsules and from some food markets. To make tea, steep 1-2 capsules in cup of very warm water. As Dr. Paul Pritchard says in his book Healing with Whole Foods, “the pleasant taste of alfalfa is a welcome addition to soups and salads.”(8b)

When possible have alfalfa fresh since boiling fresh alfalfa destroys most of
vitamins (coenzymes). Dr. Pritchard cautions against the use of alfalfa sprouts and seeds in some cases. “Alfalfa sprouts and seeds, rich sources of
the amino acid canavanine, should be avoided in rheumatoid diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erthematosus. Canavanine can ignite inflammations in these condition. Alfalfa leaf, however, is not a source of canavanine and may be used in rheumatoid diseases.” (8b) Most sprouts are cold by nature and like most salads reduce circulation of blood and depress enzyme activity to the stomach adversely affecting digestion.

The Top 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Supplements

  1. Is it SAFE? A neutral food with no side effects
  2. Is it FRESH? Freeze dried
  3. Is it 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC? Whole food?
  4. Is it NUTRITIOUS? Rich source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids needed by the body daily to make digestive and metabolic enzymes?
  5. Is NOTHING ADDED? And uses a vegetable capsule?


  1. Weston. Price D.D.S.. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. 1997, 6th Anniversary Edition,
    PPNF AND http://www.price-pottenger.org page 78, b-p. 79, c-p. 260, d-p. 275.
  2. David W. Cugell, MD, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill. Journal of American Medical
    Association, October 8, 1997-Vol 278, No. 14.
  3. Cai Jingfeng, Eating Your Way to Health Dietotherapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Foreign Language
    Press, Beijing. 1996. page 13, b-p. 68, c-p. 68, d-p. .
  4. http://www.heartburnalliance.org/nosection/results2.jsp
  5. Craig Stoltz. Can Millions of Statistics Be Wrong. Los Angeles Times, Monday, April 15, 2002 S4.
  6. www.niddk.nih.gov/health/digest/pubs/ddstats/ddstats.htm
  7. Bob Flaws and Honora Wolfe. Prince Wen Hui’s Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy. 1983 Paradigm Pub. page 153, b-
    p. 90, c-p. 153, d-p. 79.
  8. Paul Prichard. Healing with Whole Foods. 3rd Edition, 2002. North Atlantic Books. page 568, b-p. 569.

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