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Medicinal Foods In Chinese herbal medicine, vinegar, salt, alcohol, honey and fresh ginger juice are added to foods and herbs to alter and direct the therapeutic and healing action of those ingredients. These methods of preparing and cooking herbs and foods are known as the ancient practice of pao zhi (processing medicinals) and have been used for centuries. Below are some ways to use these therapeutic foods in everyday situations. Fresh Ginger Juice Ginger is known for its positive effect on nausea, indigestion and the common cold. Added to food, ginger juice increases the warming and yang nature of those foods. Ginger juice directs movement outward to the surface of the body, helping to expel cold. Honey Honey’s sweetness is often used in the preparation of foods and herbs. Preparing food with honey increases the warming and nourishing aspect. It moistens and lubricates the lungs and large intestine and can ease the symptoms of a cough or soothe a sore throat. Rice Vinegar We know that rice vinegar can be used as a seasoning, but it also has health benefits. Vinegar promotes digestion, moves stagnation and eases discomfort caused by eating fish or greasy foods. In Chinese medicine, it is also known to help increase blood circulation and is used to treat nosebleeds.
This sweet and aromatic hot beverage is great when you are finished with a cold but want to clear excess mucus and soothe a slight cough.
1. In a large saucepan, combine 4 cups (1 L) water, almonds and anise seeds and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Strain liquid into a small bowl. Return to pan. Add green tea, cover and let stand for 3 minutes.
3. Strain into teacups. Stir in honey (if using) to taste.
Makes 4 servings
Tip: If you don’t have loose tea, cut open a tea bag and measure out the correct amount.
Ingredients 1 1⁄2 tbsp chopped raw almonds, rinsed (22 mL) 1 tsp anise seeds (5 mL) 1⁄2 tsp loose green tea (2 mL) Liquid honey (optional)
Publisher : Robert Rose; 1st edition (November 20, 2017)
Language : English
Paperback : 480 pages
ISBN-10 : 0778805840
ISBN-13 : 978-0778805847
Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
Dimensions : 7 x 1 x 10 inches