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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Peppermint Chrysanthemum Infusion for wind-heat flu

Few hours more to say goodbye 2009 and looking forward to welcome New Year 2010. I know I haven't update this blog since earlier this month. Been busy and it's a bit of less productive for this blog. As always, a simple herbal infusion to prevent of influenza and wind-heat type of flu.

In folk remedies, the peppermint is the "world's oldest medicine" and is not only for the oral cavity coolant, but also has calming effect for stomach ache, stomach inflation and the diarrhea. Commonly used in treating colds and flu.

The Scientist recommend to take peppermint tea puts in boiling water as herbal infusion, simmer for about 15 minutes, and drink before the volatile oil (the active component in aromatic plant is an effective decongestant and expectorant) evaporate. This is an auxiliary treats to stomach uncomfortable more effectively. Also help in reducing of intestinal gas.

The peppermint, or menthe, pungent in taste and the nature is cool, and acts in lungs and liver meridians. It includes the peppermint essence and the tannic acid, Vitamin B, potassium and calcium and so on, for its medicinal benefits peppermint can induce perspiration and bring down a fever as well as antiseptic properties or sterilize. It may govern catches cold and prevent of influenza, ease the headache and bronchitis, good for the stomach.

Peppermint tea is good for treating sore throat, stuffy nose, respiratory tract ill, anxious, dyspepsia. The scent of peppermint oil may curb appetite for those intend to reduce food cravings.









Usually peppermint can be taken solely as herb infusion, when combined with dried chrysanthemum is good for common cold and swollen sore throat, and for the prevention of wind-heat type of influenza, which help in relieve heat symptoms, to expels pathogenic heat and relieves coughs, dryness in the throat or dry cough.


Traditionally, the dried chrysanthemum is to use for expel pathogenic wind-heat, to reduce hyperactivity of liver yang, like treating colds, headaches and inflamed eyes.


The chemical compound of volatile oil, usually found in aromatic plant like fresh peppermint is used as a flavoring agent, and as a gastric stimulant and carminative. And the essential oil of chrysanthemum "Ju Hua" are borneo, camphor and chrysanthenone, it should be taken at the suggested therapeutic dose, with a large dose, it may lead to diarrhea or digestive system disorders. As in TCM this combination of infusion is cooling properties for expelling of lungs and liver heat.



Peppermint and Dried Chrysanthemum is best to serve as infusion and avoid boiling for too long:




Steep from 5-15 min.

should be taken about the dosage of 6oz, 3 times daily.

Note: Serve with or without rock sugar








Although the peppermint tea is good, but everybody is by no means suitable. The experiment indicated that the peppermint for pregnant women and breast feeding woman should avoid taking it. The peppermint may also reduce parturition of woman's milk quantity, therefore the breast-feeding women, also for those with excessive or spontaneous sweating is not suitable.

Enjoy your herbal tea....HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Black Soybean Porridge ~ Strengthen Kidney Yin Deficiency


Another ancient secret recipe of my granny’s alternative healing with food therapy by using of black soybean, red dates, rice and ginger to relieve tinnitus or vertigo. This wholesome food is a very simple preparation to daily diet and yet it is a delicious porridge and soup. It can be taken as sweet dessert soup by adding rock sugar or as salty porridge by adding soy sauce.


Home Remedy for treating ear fluid imbalanced especially "kidney Yin deficiency" problem.

Ingredients:
  • 3 oz of black beans,
  • 3 oz of rice,
  • 4 slices of Ginger (peel)
  • 10 Red Dates (Optional)
  • 8 bowls of water
Note/Optional:
If you wish to make it as soup, add extra water to 10 bowls of water.






Method:

1. Wash Black soybean and rice then drain dry ready for use.

2. Fried black soybean and rice separately (without oil or water) for about 5 minutes.






























3, Add in black soybeans, rice, red dates and ginger slices to boiling water.











4. Reduce the flame to low heat, and boil on simmering fire till water till quantity reduced to 1 bowl.


5. Remove from heat, drink the water only. (For Ear problem)


6. For strengthen Kidney, cook for 40 minutes, then eat the porridge, red dates and black soybean.

(Can also add rock sugar to serve as sweet dessert soup, or add salt or soy sauce as porridge).


* Spice of the ginger is important to this recipe, it is an effective herbal remedy for treating dizziness, or vertigo is present. Taking this soup or porridge by regular basic will help in improving the ear problems and kidney Yin deficiency.


This gentle and natural home remedy is quite good for Kidney “Yin deficiency” as kidney strengthening foods to invigorate by tonifies the deficient Yin of kidney function.


In alternative home remedies, we can either get it from food or other activities.

Black soybean is good source of
“Yin” nourishing foods for kidney. Black is for “water” and “Kidney” is lies in the element of "water" too.

This simple recipe which help in support and normalize the body and kidney energy and help to reduce of toxic heat, control “water metabolism” preventing of water retention, this is what involves the proper diet and nourishment of the ears is what affected by the kidney system in functioning.


As weaken in kidney energy can causes poor hearing or other sickness conditions, e.g meniere's disease (imbalance of ear fluid), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), Symptoms and signs of Kidney Yin Deficiency to ear problems: Dizziness, feeling fullness and ringing in the ear, migraine or slowly hearing is the sign of tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

Tinnitus and Meniere's Disease (imbalance of ear fluid) is an influence hearing and balanced inner ear disease, which is one kind of internal ear pathological change causes, and initiation endolymph (the fluid contained inside the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear) back-flow is blocked or the absorbing barrier. Some of the causes is unknown, some factor cause maybe due to family history, ear infection an head injury as in modern science medical diagnosis.

In meridian channel the kidney is the most important reservoir of essential energy and storing the “Jing” or essence. The Kidney is the root of "Fire" and "water".

Kidney Yang
is to ensure the fire of each organ is not drowned out, it goes to the lungs and supervises the discharge of excess water by the bladder. They "open into the inner ear".
The Kidney and ear in meridian channel and its physical branches is interconnected are emerge parallel function. It said “the kidney in meridian channel is open into the ears”. As when the channel collapse, influences of passage for water or fluid to flow through. But not all ear problems or disorders are related to the kidney.

When the kidney system imbalanced of "Yin and Yang" deficiency it manifest as soreness and weak.
Example like deficient Yin with liver fire causing heat symptoms like "ringing in the ear" or Tinnitus.

Manifestation and root cause of kidney in channel Qi, governing water metabolism, pathway of Qi flow is deficiency and kidney Qi failing to control respiring Qi. As our body Qi is constantly ascending, descending, entering and leaving, when Qi is gathers or disperses, the qi flow within the pathways occurs
several times in a day in active period. It influences our body Qi energy functioning is form or collapse.These imbalances of kidney system in functioning “Yin and Yang” deficiency may cause several signs and symptoms like night sweat, cold limbs, edema, water retention, weaken and pain of back and knee, insomnia, poor libido, fertility problem, poor appetite, constipation, chronic fatigue as well as ear problems e.g Meniere’s syndrome, vertigo and tinnitus.

Stimulation by gently massage the ear auricle with pressure point to reflex zones, or lightly closing the ear with light pressure also helping in conserves the kidney Qi energy and stimulates the ears. The warmth stimulates and circulation reinforces the flow of lymph, increase the flow smoothly.

Black Soybean Porridge ~ Strengthen Kidney Yin Deficiency


Another ancient secret recipe of my granny’s alternative healing with food therapy by using of black soybean, red dates, rice and ginger to relieve tinnitus or vertigo. This wholesome food is a very simple preparation to daily diet and yet it is a delicious porridge and soup. It can be taken as sweet dessert soup by adding rock sugar or as salty porridge by adding soy sauce.


Home Remedy for treating ear fluid imbalanced especially "kidney Yin deficiency" problem.

Ingredients:
  • 3 oz of black beans,
  • 3 oz of rice,
  • 4 slices of Ginger (peel)
  • 10 Red Dates (Optional)
  • 8 bowls of water
Note/Optional:
If you wish to make it as soup, add extra water to 10 bowls of water.






Method:

1. Wash Black soybean and rice then drain dry ready for use.

2. Fried black soybean and rice separately (without oil or water) for about 5 minutes.






























3, Add in black soybeans, rice, red dates and ginger slices to boiling water.











4. Reduce the flame to low heat, and boil on simmering fire till water till quantity reduced to 1 bowl.


5. Remove from heat, drink the water only. (For Ear problem)


6. For strengthen Kidney, cook for 40 minutes, then eat the porridge, red dates and black soybean.

(Can also add rock sugar to serve as sweet dessert soup, or add salt or soy sauce as porridge).


* Spice of the ginger is important to this recipe, it is an effective herbal remedy for treating dizziness, or vertigo is present. Taking this soup or porridge by regular basic will help in improving the ear problems and kidney Yin deficiency.


This gentle and natural home remedy is quite good for Kidney “Yin deficiency” as kidney strengthening foods to invigorate by tonifies the deficient Yin of kidney function.


In alternative home remedies, we can either get it from food or other activities.

Black soybean is good source of
“Yin” nourishing foods for kidney. Black is for “water” and “Kidney” is lies in the element of "water" too.

This simple recipe which help in support and normalize the body and kidney energy and help to reduce of toxic heat, control “water metabolism” preventing of water retention, this is what involves the proper diet and nourishment of the ears is what affected by the kidney system in functioning.


As weaken in kidney energy can causes poor hearing or other sickness conditions, e.g meniere's disease (imbalance of ear fluid), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), Symptoms and signs of Kidney Yin Deficiency to ear problems: Dizziness, feeling fullness and ringing in the ear, migraine or slowly hearing is the sign of tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

Tinnitus and Meniere's Disease (imbalance of ear fluid) is an influence hearing and disorder of balanced inner ear disease, which is one kind of internal ear pathological change causes, and initiation endolymph (the fluid contained inside the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear) back-flow is blocked or the absorbing barrier. Some of the causes is unknown, some factor cause maybe due to family history, ear infection an head injury as in modern science medical diagnosis.

In meridian channel the kidney is the most important reservoir of essential energy and storing the “Jing” or essence. The Kidney is the root of "Fire" and "water".

Kidney Yang
is to ensure the fire of each organ is not drowned out, it goes to the lungs and supervises the discharge of excess water by the bladder. They "open into the inner ear".
The Kidney and ear in meridian channel and its physical branches is interconnected are emerge parallel function. It said “the kidney in meridian channel is open into the ears”. As when the channel collapse, influences of passage for water or fluid to flow through. But not all ear problems or disorders are related to the kidney.

When the kidney system imbalanced of "Yin and Yang" deficiency it manifest as soreness and weak.
Example like deficient Yin with liver fire causing heat symptoms like "ringing in the ear" or Tinnitus.

Manifestation and root cause of kidney in channel Qi, governing water metabolism, pathway of Qi flow is deficiency and kidney Qi failing to control respiring Qi. As our body Qi is constantly ascending, descending, entering and leaving, when Qi is gathers or disperses, the qi flow within the pathways occurs
several times in a day in active period. It influences our body Qi energy functioning is form or collapse.These imbalances of kidney system in functioning “Yin and Yang” deficiency may cause several signs and symptoms like night sweat, cold limbs, edema, water retention, weaken and pain of back and knee, insomnia, poor libido, fertility problem, poor appetite, constipation, chronic fatigue as well as ear problems e.g Meniere’s syndrome, vertigo and tinnitus.

Stimulation by gently massage the ear auricle with pressure point to reflex zones, or lightly closing the ear with light pressure also helping in conserves the kidney Qi energy and stimulates the ears. The warmth stimulates and circulation reinforces the flow of lymph, increase the flow smoothly.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Sea Bird Nest Roselle Salad & Jelly ~ Colon Detox

In the nutritionist studies pointed out that Roselle (Roselle Hibiscus Sabdariffa) including of rich Anthocyanidin that is one kind of flavonoid (called as Vitamin P) that is any of a large group of phyto-nutrients that are water-souble red pigments, considered to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Also called Bioflovonoid, which has the strong oxidation resistance function, the right amount is edible to improve blood capillary’s tenacity, it can slow down the Angiosclerosis (hardening of the walls of blood vessels) and prevention cardiovascular illness, also anticancer treatment. It strengthens the nerve ending trans-location and improve blood circulation gives the brilliance and ruddiness complexion to human skin as good source of natural skincare to women.

Today something good to try by using Roselle Hibiscus Sabdariffa + Eucheuma Seaweed (Sea Bird Nest or San Huo Cao) in combination for colon and skin health.



Although the Roselle is considered as healthy stuff to our human body but due to its nature is cold. Therefore for “Yin” deficiency people is not suitable to take it excessively. Excessive consumption may also caused bothersome thirsty. Try in moderation for everything even it claims to be good.


Simply for the tasty and healthy conscious reason, to improve the skin texture and complexion, use of main ingredients by taking raw Eucheuma Seaweed, to combine with Roselle makes delicious and healthy salad, or making into dessert by adding basil seeds, also named as Tukmaria Seed or Kiwi Seed. This is one of the best to ease the constipation problem, gives your colon detoxify once a while, make you feel more energetic and having radiance complexion is quite easy.

The benefits of Tukmaria or Basil Seed

• Tukmaria or Basil seed in traditional medicinal used for autoimmune disorder, treatment of constipation, ingestion or bloating feeling and heartburn.

• It is a good cleanser to colon and removes all the toxin from human body. It has antibiotic effect to eliminating bacteria from the colon and is a good blood purifier.






Roselle Kiwi Seed with Sea Bird Nest (Eucheuma Seaweed or San Huo Cao)


Ingredients:


  • 1 bowl of Eucheuma Seaweed (Sea Bird Nest)
  • 1 bowl of Fresh Roselle Hibiscus calyces
  • 2 Rock sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of Wolfberries
  • 2 tbsp. of Basil Seed (tukmaria Seed)
  • 1000ml of water
*(serve 6 containers)







Preparation:


1. Blend Eucheuma Seaweed (San Huo cao or sea bird nest) in creamy form.

2. Set aside and ready to use.

3. Soak Basil Seed in a glass of water for 10 minutes or till spongy like and grey coating jelly like surrounded each seed. Drain water away and set aside.


Method:


1. Peel Roselle calyces and remove the seeds. Wash thoroughly.

2. Bring water to boil and add in Roselle calyces to cook for 15 mins.

3. Use strainer to remove the Roselle Calyces and keep the water only.

4. Do not throw away the cooked Roselle Calyces; use it for making homemade Roselle Jams.

5. Use the Roselle water to cook the wolfberries and rock sugar.

6. Add in Blended Eucheuma Seaweed (San Huo cao) to cook till dissolve with low heat.


7. Remove from heat and add in soaked Basil Seed and stir well.

8. Pour into the Jelly mould or container with lid. Let is set and keep in refrigerator and serve cold.

9. The taste of sweet sour healthy dessert. Enjoy it.























This recipe is good for serious constipation people, reduce of body heat, skin problems and improve skin texture and elasticity, lower cholesterol, and ingestion disorder and for detoxify.

Most important, this is good for digestion to take it after heavy meal.







Eucheuma Seaweed or Sea Bird Nest Benefits:

• For Eucheuma Seaweed health benefits please refer to here.




I found Eucheuma Seaweed ~ San Huo Cao also we called it Sea Bird Nest is a wonderful detoxify stuff. As we know something from the sea naturally like Eucheuma Seaweed can improve the stomach and colon problems. Especially to those with constipation and poor digestion that may also causes skin problem e.g acne, pimples, pigmentation and brown spots to our skin.

It is especially good for skin, as vegetarian diet and daily fiber diet intake. It grows naturally and contains no artificial fertilizer or chemical. With contain necessary amino acids, non caloric, super low-fat and multi-fibre functions, contents of soluble fibre are very high and the active substances, its polar soluble fibre will adjust insulin to keep blood sugar’s balance and prevent from the diabetes caused by hyperglycemia. It also eliminates free radical efficiently for detoxify body organs and activate cell tissues for metabolism and anti-aging.

Instead of buying expensive bird nest, use Eucheuma seaweed to cook or serve as salad for beauty skin and mainly it keeps us in good health too. It is simply delicious.


Sea Bird Nest Roselle Detox Salad



Ingredients:

Raw Ingredients A:

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 bowl of Roselle Calyces
  • 1 Bowl of Eucheuma Seaweed (Sea Bird Nest)
  • 1 small bowl of cooked Corn
  • 3 - 4 Shallots (chopped)




Seasoning Ingredients B:


  • 1 tbsp. of salt
  • 2 tbsp. of sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of Soy sauce
  • Lime Honey Vinegar (homemade Enzyme) 1/2 bowl
  • 1/2 of Lemon (Squeeze Juice)


Preparation:

1. Soak and Wash Eucheuma Seaweed (Sea Bird Nest) thoroughly, keep changing water several times daily and soak for at least 3 days.

2. Peel and wash Roselle Calyces, remove the seed. Wash thoroughly and soak with salt water for 15 mins. Then drain the water and Set aside.

3. Cut cucumber into thin slices. Soak in salt water for 15 mins. Drain dry and set aside.

4. Chop shallots into smaller slices.


Method:

1. Pour all the Raw ingredients A into salad bowl.
2. Add in seasoning ingredients B and mixed well.
3. Done and keep in refrigerator and serve cold.




Let's have a refreshing cleanse and detoxifies with Roselle and Eucheuma Seaweed Enzyme Vinegar Salad. Keep your colon in healthy condition always to prevent colon illnesses.




Roselle ~ Luo Shen Hua Beverage and Jams

In Southeast Asia countries, the Roselle (Roselle Hibiscus Sabdariffa) named in Chinese known as 洛神花 (Luo Shen Hua) is regarded as medicinal plant use as herbal infusion. It is very common in making delicious and healthy soup, Jelly, sweet pickle and homemade Jams.




In recent years the Chinese medicine researches that it had the anti-hypertension besides the preliminary confirmation Roselle is widely used, in folk medicine it has associated with traditional medicine as:



  • Blood purifier as well as a diuretic, treat urinary tract infection,
  • To improve of constipation as it has mild laxative,
  • Can also reduce the blood fat and blood triglyceride effectively,
  • For several diseases such as hypertension and improve blood circulation,
  • Help digestion and improve digestive tract absorption,
  • Anti-aging by suppress free radical activity
  • Treat cardiac and nerve diseases and cancer.
  • Treat the liver disease, regarding suppressed cancer,
  • Adjust the feminine physiological menstrual cycle,
  • In cosmetology maintenance used as skincare
  • Healthy beverage and herbal tea with good effect for weight loss
  • Whets the appetite, cooling and relieves thirst effect.


Roselle (Luo Shen Hua) is rich in vitamin C and its calyces are made into healthy food and beverage, the red pigment of Roselle which contain of crystalline anthocyanins, hibicin as well as protocatechuic acid. The Roselle extract contains the oxidation inhibitor ingredients and the Polyhenols has oxidation resistance in majority by suppress low density lipoprotein to prevent oxidation in our body.


Commonly the fruit is taking fresh, decore them, and then dry the Roselle calyces used as beverage and herbs tea. It can also process into sweet pickle, salad and fruit jams.

Now it has also commonly used to make into enzyme or vinegar as healthy drink in Asia. Frequently drinking the Roselle herbs tea or beverage may achieve the health care effect.



Roselle herbs tea or beverage

Preparation:

  • Peel Roselle Calyces and remove the seeds. Wash thoroughly.

Ingredients:

  • Roselle Calyces – 2 bowl
  • Rock sugar (depends on individual taste)
  • 500 ml of water

Simply cook the Roselle Calyces with water and add in rock sugar to taste.











The health benefits of taking Roselle as drink or herbs tea, its reduce high blood pressure by lowering the high levels of LDL cholesterol to protect and against heart disease.

The recommended dosage about 10 grams in the dried flower tea form once or twice a day.


Healthy homemade Roselle Jams

Usually after cooking of Roselle extract, I used the cooked Roselle Calyces to do homemade healthy jams. Simple as that and do not waste good thing.



Ingredients:

  • Cooked Roselle Calyces - 1 bowl
  • 1/2 cup of Roselle extract
  • Honey 1 tbsp.
  • Maltose 2 tbsp.
  • Brown sugar 1 tbsp.
  • Lime Juice 1 tbsp.







Preparation:


1. Blend cooked Roselle Calyces into creamy form.
2. Squeeze lime juice and set aside.


Method:


1. Add Roselle extract and blended Roselle Calyces in pot and cook with low heat for 15 mins.

2. Add in honey, maltose and lime juice. Stir and mixed well and continue cooking till dry into jams form.

3. Remove from heat. Keep aside and till cool. Place them into the Jam container and keep in fridge.

Done and enjoy it!


to be continued...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Anti-cancer and Anti-inflammation Herbs Sabah Snake Grass 优遁草

A few of my friends diagnosed with breast cancer and some even passed away. Yesterday I visited one of my breast cancer friend, seeing her in good complexion and healthier than before. She said she has been using Chinese herbs therapy for cooling after high-dose chemotherapy by stem-cell breast cancer treatment. Therefore, She said clear the heat is the primary concern for those undergoing chemotherapy.

And her consistency and regular intake of some homeopathy natural raw herbs, just to prevent of further spreads of cancer cells to other part of body. She has even planted many medicinal herbs at backyard. And daily intakes of the herbs tea for 2 years regularly really help a lot. 




With the use of natural herbs has given her a relief from the feeling of thirst, coughing, sore throat and relief of chest congestion after the chemotherapy. Also combined with light and simple diets and “Qi” gong exercises, the result is great and she is grateful that with the scientific and alternative homeopathy natural healing way has saved her life and the breast too.

The anti-cancer cooling “Liang cha” - herbal tea with several herb plants and is decoction 3 times a week. Combination of the raw herb leaves in the formula such as: 

Huo Tan Mu (火炭母)
(Polygonum chinensis)

Black Face General 黑面将军
(Hei Mian Jiang Jin, Strobilanthes Crispus)

Yu Xun Cao or Sabah Snake Grass 优遁草, 沙巴蛇草
(Sabah Snake Plant, Clincanthus Nutans L. )

Shang Ye 桑椹叶
(Mulberry Leave)



Though she certainly still considered this as one of a fine herbal tonic that we can consume once a while to expelling of "dampness" and "heat", for throat infection and detoxifies the body in preventing cancer.

She added, each of every herb take a "different action" when making an infusion and herbs tea. This depends on individual body condition to consume this herbs tea.

So I tried to cook the herbs tea with rock sugar as “Liang Cha” (herbs tea) to ease the cough.


Oh my….the taste is so soothing and cooling.
Nice taste anyway. No harm trying.

Herbs planting in our Asia country not only easier to get and we can find most of the useful herbs right here. My herb plants collection in my garden has increases after few years of collection and effort. It is quite handy to me and convenience for me to cook it at any time.

Some common and very useful Anticancer herb plants example like “Black Face General" - Hei Mian Jiang Jin 黑面将军(Strobilanthes Crispus), “Yu Xun Cao” 优遁草, 沙巴蛇草(Sabah Snake Grass, Clincanthus Nutans), “Huo Tan Mu” 火炭母(Smartweed), Qi Xin Chen 七星针 (Pereskia Sacharosa) and it is grown in Malaysia and many other Asia countries as for anti-cancer herb plants.

What is Huo Tan Mu 火炭母 - Polygonum chinense Herba


Scientific name: Polygonum Chinensis Herba

Chinese name: Huo tan mu 火炭母

Huo Tan Mu 火炭母 (Polygonum Chinesis Herba) is one of the herbal use both in Eastern and Western herbalist, this herb does almost everything from “head to toe” and thus is great us to anyone who consumed it. This is also for nourishing the skin, as known by Chinese as good as "Natural Bird Nest". Serve as beauty skin herbal soup to nourishing the lungs.

Medicinal effect for treating of bleeding, treats skin disease, diarrhea, Dysentery, menstrual problems, anti-infections effect and gets rid of the dampness heat and the leaf is edible in raw or cooked form. In china, they cooked with egg in soup as delicious dish.

The whole plants of Huo Tan Mu 火炭母(Polygonum Chinensis Herba) in its application of medicinal usages are anti-inflammatory, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, styptic, stomachic etc. 

Anti-inflammatory for sore throat, reduce dampness heat and treating skin itchy cause by toxic heat, for swollen and inflamed areas like tonsillitis and treating Diphtheria, tonsillitis can use the " Huo Tan Mu (Polygonum Chinese) fresh leaf about 100grams, squeeze or juicer into fresh juice, mixed with honey, take several times a day for 2 to 4 consecutive days generally.

  • Astringent extract of Huo Tan Mu 火炭母(Polygonum Chinense) to treat diarrhea, hemorrhoids. Cooked the leaves together with egg as herbal soup.
  • Determinative like stomach ache, this herb or preparation that either prevent formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract, or facilitates the expulsion of stomach heat and gas. Especially to treat skin rashes, itchy to get rid of “Wind” heat.
  • Diaphoretic e.g excessive sweating, diuretic, it has stimulant and diuretic for treating urinary tract system like bladder infection.
  • Emmenagogues which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus also stimulate menstruation, leucorrhea and hemorrhoids. For treating menstrual pains and menstrual complaints. Just add water to boil the leaves with brown sugar.
  • Stomachic is the herb serves to tone the stomach, improving its function and increasing appetite by using this herbal remedies claim stomachic effect.
  • Styptic Herbs that reduce external bleeding due to astringent action on blood vessels. Helps in strengthen fragile capillaries and prevent bleeding.



The seed: It is edible and sour in taste, the color of the seed is black in color, as it has the name of “Huo Tan” 火炭in Chinese mean “Charcoal”.







Root of Polygonum Chinensis "Huo Tan Mu"火炭母:  

Its medicinal usage is to help and promote growing effect for children in their growing stage. 

Cook the whole plant or root with the lean meat or chicken, in addition, its may also govern the lacking in vital energy to treat dizzy, tinnitus, ear problem, leucorrhea (whitish vaginal discharge), injury from fractures, mastitis and skin eczema problem. 
 Its taste is slightly sour.

Contraindication: it is not for people with Stomach hyperactivity problem.
Doses: It is best to use in minimize as overdoses may have reverse side effect of toxicity.



What is Yu Xun Cao 优遁草 or Sabah Snake Grass, Clinacanthus Nutans L.



  • Chinese name: Yu Xun Cao 优遁草
  • Scientific Name: Clinacanthus nutans(Burm.t.) Lindau
  • English name: Sabah Snake plant, Sabah Snake Grass.
  • Meridian channel: liver and kidney
  • Usage: Whole plant as medicinal herb

Yu Xun Cao or Sabah Snake Grass (Clinacanthus Nutans Lindau) has been widely used in Malaysia and other Asia countries to treat uric acid, gout, urinates neuropathies (disease of the kidney), Liver cancer, Kidney syndrome, Nasal cavity cancer and uterine fibroid.








It was quite popular and found in East Malaysia of Sabah, that's why they named it as "Sabah Snake Plant" or "Sabah Snake Grass". 

I planted many types of herbal plants. Especially this Sabah Snake Grass “You Xun Cao” 优遁草, and I like to use of this herb with other herbal plant in preparation of herbal medicinal drink to treats uremia for kidney patient primarily, to reduce of urine toxic by decoction of this herb. 

The slightly stink taste but when mixed with other herbs it can be a very tasteful “Liang Cha” cooling herbs drink. As this herb has “cooling” effect to those with Qi deficiency may need to cook it with Red Dates to improve the blood circulation a boost for better result.

The clinacanthus Nutans or 'Sabah Snake Grass' 优遁草in traditional Chinese medicine usually is concoction into herbal drink with red dates (to improve blood circulation), or adding black soybean to it (for the kidney yin deficiency to boost kidney Qi). Black soybeans increase the medicinal effect of the Sabah Snake Grass in detoxification and energy boost to the kidney meridian functioning. And it is also commonly used for kidney cleanse or detoxifying purpose. 

That’s what I had been doing it for body detoxification at least once or twice a month, taking the Sabah Snake Grass leaves in raw juice for normal maintenance purpose. 

In herbal healing, Chinese name this herbs as "Shen Cao" 肾草that's mean "kidney herb". 

Taking the raw juice like mixing green Apple with Sabah Snake Grass, to blend into medicinal raw juice for treating urinary system syndrome, kidney problem and prostate inflammation has shown effective and great result in healing process. 




Taking raw fresh leaves maybe hard to chew, so as to make it as tasty raw fruit juice drink may help.  Simply cooking into concoction herb drink depending on individual's body health condition.

I found the efficacy of treating of skin eczema, psoriasis, and shingles seemed quite effective with Sabah Snake Grass + "Huo Tan Mu” or Polygonum Chinese and mixed with ‘Bai He Ling Zhi’ (white crane grass), 白鹤灵芝, Scientific name: Rhinacanthus nasutus (L.) kurz
herbs. Lately I used these herbs to treat a few patients with psoriasis and scabies problem. The skin infection and spots reduces within a month.
Method and Preparation: 

For Internal application: 

  • “Sabah Snake Grass” Clinacanthus Nutans mix with "Huo Tan Mu” or Polygonum Chinese as decoction herbal drink. 
  • And taking pure fresh juice of  “Sabah Snake Grass” Clinacanthus Nutans fresh leaves blend with green apple in the morning for detoxifying. 

Doses to use: Daily intakes of 1-2 glasses of herbal drink.Serious case may increase the doses to 3 glasses a day.

For external usage:


I used of another herb by the name of “Bai He Ling Zhi’ (white crane grass), 白鹤灵芝Rhinacanthus nasutus, Dainty spurs, extract the fresh leaves and apply to scabies spots or infected areas. 

Herbal Bath:
Apply once or twice a day, or cook this herb plant with its stems, Strain the herbal liquid from the decoction and place in the bathtub, immerse the whole body in the herbal bath (at the body temperature) for at least 20-30 minutes. 






Other than this, from my experiences and personally used for the lymph and skin problem many years back. 

This 'Sabah Snake Grass' or Clinacanthus Nutans fresh juice extract not only can be mix and blending into fresh juice with green apple; alternatively combine Sabah Snake Grass with burdock and carrot pure juice for treating lymphatic problem and purifying blood. This really improves my sensitive skin and lymph nodes problem.


What is Hei Mian Jiang Jin (Black Face General) Strobilanthes Crispus



Usually herbs like “Black Face General” or Hei Mian Jiang Jin", its scientific name as Strobilanthes Crispus is the primary herbs used in Chinese herbalist for "Anti-cancer".

Which has been also used in Chinese traditional herbs as diuretic, laxative to eliminate kidney stone and anti-diabetic. 

This herb has been proven scientifically to posses high antioxidant active agents and anti-microbe, anti-AIDS and anticancer properties for treatment like fibroid, carcinoma of cervix, and vesical calculi - bladder stones. In Indonesia, they usually used it for treating snake bites, and bladder stones. 






The fresh leaves can be used alone or combined with other herbs plant like Sabah Snake Grass, Clinacanthus Nutans  is to consume in the form of fresh juice, Or cooking it as herbal tea in decoction herb drink, cook with water for at least 3 to 4 hours, its nature is cooling, which can also add red dates. 


In general this herb "BlackFace General", Strobilanthes Crispus is used to treat the breast and uterine cancer. And also its shown good result to certain cancer cases.





For breast and uterine cancer anti-cancer herbal drink:
One of the my popular herbal formula (Herbal ingredients):

  • Strobilanthes Crispus, “Black Face General” or Hei Miang Jiang Jin, 黑面将军 in chinese,  
  • “Gou Jiang Teng” 过江藤or Phyla Nodiflora (L.) Greene 
  •  Clinacanthus Nutans Lindau, “Yu Xun Cao” 优遁草(Sabah Snake Grass)

In the form of herbs tea decoction for 3 hours, frequently consume 2 to 3 times a week.

Strobilanthes Crispus “Hei Mian Jiang Jun” has the bio-active agents, Vitamin C, B1, B2, Tannin, Katekin, mineral content such as calcium, ferum, kalium, phosphrus and fitosterol which the contents are high in antioxidant activity.

I found an article about Strobilanthes Crispus or "Hei Mian Jiang Jun" saying that this herbs is not only good for anti-cancer as well used to treat snake bites.




What is Gou Jiang Teng 过江藤 – Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene

Scientific Name: Phyla Nordiflora Linnaeus Greene
Taste: bitter
Nature: cool

The juice of the Gou Jiang Teng (Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene) is bitter in taste. It is common weed, also an ornamental plant. 

It is used as medicinal herbs in Malaysia for treating and curing of diabetes foot (the lower limb fester) which caused by diabetes. The effect is also ideal in alternative natural herbal healing. 




Also it treats help in reduce and lower blood sugar, to relieve fevers, coughs and colds, Acute amygdalitis (tonsil infection), skin disease, eczema, herpes, dysentery, menstrual disorder and injury from fractures. This herb can be used in internal and external application. 
For menstrual disorder and delayed menstruation, try this herb with red dates and brown sugar it works wonderful to PMS problem and stimulating delayed menstruation as alternative herbal remedies. This medicinal usage for pre-menopause and post-menopause is seemed effective with the decoction of herbal drink as below.
The method of cooking this herb:

Cook the fresh herb of Gou Jiang Teng (Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene) with Black dates and add some brown sugar (optional). This formula of medicinal herb helps to relieve the syndrome of insomnia and hot flush, menstrual mid-cycle spotting syndrome. 
To certain breast and uterine cancer cases, may try this formula of “Black face general” Strobilanthes Crispus “Hei Mian Jiang Jun” + “Guo Jiang Teng” Phyla Nordiflora L. Greene + “Sabah Snake Grass” Clinacanthus Nutans in decoction herb drink, take it constantly for a period to healing process would help.


Mulberry Leaf 桑叶

Mulberry leaf or whole plant is used in medicinal as to nourish the lungs and clear liver heat. 

Its meridian channel: to Lung and Liver.
As this herb plant is used to make into juice as is broadly similar to wheatgrass. It makes a great food to cook with egg, as well as beverage to consume for good health for liver cleanse. 
I had mentioned in my previous blog to use it for infusions or decoction for treating cough, sore throat, and late night person to clean liver heat.

This leaf invigorates the lungs.The whole plant of mulberry has powerful medicinal properties in treating many ailments. Commonly in treating high blood pressure, lower blood sugar, fatty liver, anti-inflammatory, treating night sweat to pre-menopause, clear lungs damp-heat, for liver detoxification and improve eyesight vision.  

The root of Mulberry can use as herbal soup for Dispels rheumatism and ease joint pain.

There are many different types of cancers in vary form of treating each with herbal plants. And there are many hundreds of medicinal herbs may help in control of certain cancerous illnesses, usually it grown in temperate climate and they are edible, and useful as yet undiscovered. Still we may need to find out more in details, and take caution in use with those common homeopathic medicinal herbs.



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Replenishing Beet Herbal Tea

When think of the grey hair, first I think of “He Shou Wu”.

He Shou Wu (
Plygonum Multiflorum) is black in color.
Black in 5 elements is for “Kidney”.


What about Red in color Beetroot?
The red color beet is for Heart, blood and circulation.
Important for cardiovascular health to lower blood pressure.



This fancy “Black and Red in color” combination makes a simple traditional herbs drink to replenishing and invigorating the kidney to strengthen the “Yang”, nourishing the “Yin” by ways of improving the Kidney “Qi” and ”Blood”.

With the nature of “Yang” and “Yin” in this herbs tea to treat deficiency of the Kidney and blood, something like immerse a pot of “He Shou Wu and Beetroot” herbs tea come naturally and easily to prepare for health purpose.



This shocking reddish in color herbal tea is kind of aroma soothing and sour in taste yet not the least, it works wonderful kidney and hair tonic also as a “blood builder” and “youth preserver” to promote of blood circulation for skin plus good stimulates of hair growth. Help with keeping healthy arteries to prevent hardening of arteries.


Constrained flow due to stressful and emotional constrains that cause restricts the flow. If kidney “Qi” and “Blood” is insufficient this aspect will also influence to bad blood circulation. That will eventually affect to the skin complexion, not only which, it may also link to other illnesses. Certainly some due to bustle about stressful work lifestyle and it disturbs the hormone secretion, metabolism, insomnia and headache.


Ingredients:


He Shou Wu – 10g


• Beet – 14g


• Rock sugar – 1 tbs. (optional)


* Beet is high sugar content.



Method:

  1. Wash Beetroot and He Shou Wu. Peel Beetroot skin and cut into smaller slices.















2. Immerse both ingredients into tea pot or infuser with boiling water.


3. Simmer for about ½ hour. Serve warm.







Simple and yet it’s nutritious and healthy for:


Stimulates hair growth.

• Anti aging formula


• Improves insomnia


• decrease hardening of the arteries,


• Improve immune function.


• greatest estrogenic activity


What is He Shou Wu
(Plygonum Multiflorum)

He Shou Wu is a Chinese medicinal herbs and important longevity herb which is derived from the dried tuberous root of the plant Plygonum Multiflorum.

Nature is mild and slightly warm. It is painstakingly astringent and tastes a bit bitter and sour sweet.

Used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, stimulates hair growth as hair tonic, restoring hair color and preventing hair loss, this herbs contains laxative compound to treat constipation, menstrual and menopausal complains also it is a youth preserver.


Meridian channel: to the liver, the kidney, the heart, the lung.



"He Shou Wu" combination with other ingredients benefits:


• Boil with black soybean for strengthen kidney and improve vertigo.


"He shou wu" with mulberry leaf or fruit used for preventing grey hair too.




Caution when use of He Shou Wu:


• Skin Rashes and numbness may occurred to certain people if overdoses of "He Shou Wu".


• Not for Acute hepatitis and stomach inflation people.




About Beetroot


Beetroot is rich in folate and vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, beta carotene. A good colorants use as a natural food coloring or dye from the red pigment (Betacyanin) in beetroot. Its nature is cold, taste of aroma sweet. Good blood purifier for treating pimple and skin disease.

Beets are considered aphrodisiac and it plays an important role in human sex hormones. Good for treating menstruation and menopausal problem.


Beetroot combined with He Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) as therapeutically herbal drink, it is a stamina builder and helpful to kidney "Qi" and "Blood" which makes up the body to be insufficient with, and a tonic to increase vitality and energy, strengthen the blood, kidneys and liver.


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Caution Disclaimer:
Please note that all the home remedies, traditional medicinal herbs usage are not alternatives for medicine. Although home remedies, alternative healing, natural healing or any alternative health articles are natural, all information I presented here is based on traditional usage and collected for informational purposes only. Results may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For severe illnesses, do not cease taking any prescribed medications. It is recommended that you must consult or seek your physician’s advice before starting any alternative healing with home remedies or herbs with caution.

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