August 3, 2020
陰虛失眠 — 雪梨麥冬雪耳糖水 功效：滋陰清熱，紓緩虛熱以致失眠等症狀。
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Are you part of the insomnia gang?
Sleep is important as it is a biological need. An adult typically requires six to eight hours of sleep daily, and the length varies for each individual. Some would fall asleep at lightning speed, and others have a very hard time. This may be affected by our body condition.
From Chinese medicine’s perspective, individuals with trouble sleeping, often awakened easily, or those with difficulty to sleep again once they are awake, these groups of people belong to the sleep deprivation category known as “Bu Mei” in Mandarin. High level of stress and emotional instability are among the common causes, which in turn lead to the accumulation of excessive heat on the liver, hence disrupting our sleep.
Individuals with yin deficiency and blood astehnia are especially prone to insomnia. Those with yin deficiency usually do not have sufficient body fluids and have excessive yang energy, these lead to asthenic heat in the body and disrupts sleep. due to them not having enough body fluid at the same time retaining excessive Yang energy. All these lead them to develop deficiency-related heat in the body. It would be beneficial for individuals to consume foods that will replenish the “Yin” energy, such as lily, ladybell root, snow fungus and American ginseng.
Those with blood asthenia have insufficient blood and qi, which is usually accompanied by fatigue, dizziness, heart palpitations, forgetfulness and may wake up easily due to dreams. They need to replenish qi and blood, appropriately consume ingredients such as red bean, longan, red kidney beans, lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum) and dangshen (Codonopsis pilosula). This will help alleviate problems with sleep deprivation.
Stay home safely and make these DIY desserts which can soothe insomnia accordingly!
Yin deficiency insomnia –Snow fungus and radix ophiopogonis sweet soup with pear
Effects: nourishes yin and clears heat, alleviates asthenic heat insomnia.
Ingredients: 1 pear, 10g radix ophiopogonis, 1 snow fungus, rock sugar to taste
Rinse all the ingredients thoroughly. Soak snow fungus until soft. Rinse and cut open the lily bulb. Peel and core pear, cut into pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients with water to cover, cook on high heat until boiling.Turn to low heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes, add rock sugar to taste.
Blood asthenia insomnia – Dried longan and lily bulb sweet soup with Chinese date
Effects: nourishes the heart and calms the mind. Relieves difficulty falling asleep.
Ingredients: 1 fresh lily bulb, 10g dried longan, 4-6 Chinese dates, 2 walnuts
1. Rinse all the ingredients thoroughly. Rinse and cut open the lily bulb.
2. Combine the ingredients with 800ml water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat for 40 minutes.
✔Healing Tea Recommendation: Poor Sleep
Effects: Calms the heart and mind. Suitable for over-thinking and difficulty falling asleep.
Ingredients: Fried Spine Date Seed, Buckwheat, Dried Longan
✔ Rice Water Recommendation: Red Bean Rice Water
Effects: Achieves rosy complexion, calms the mind and improve sleep, replenishes blood and nourish the stomach
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