August 5, 2021
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Luffa to clear heat and slim down
Luffa is an important heat-relieving vegetable to consume during summer. The more common variety in Hong Kong is angular luffa (another type of luffa is cylindrical in shape). A premium-grade angular luffa normally has clear angular edges, meets a certain weight requirement, and is compact.
From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, luffa is cool in nature, and it can clear heat and toxins from the body. Its fibers can also promote the circulation of the meridians, clear heat, clear phlegm, induce urination, and relieve edema. Hence, it is suitable for individuals who are plump in size and have a damp heat body constitution. Consuming an appropriate amount of luffa can also help with weight loss.
Consider eating luffa during summer (based on our body constitution), as it can help relieve heat-related symptoms such as dry mouth, cough, phlegm, and smelly vaginal discharge. Luffa, on the other hand, is good for pregnant mothers or mothers who have just delivered their babies, as the vegetable is good for the fetus and can increase milk flow.
Luffa – cold in nature, it clears heat and removes toxins, reduces phlegm, stabilizes pregnancy and aids lactation. When taken appropriately, it can relieve summer-related symptoms such as dry mouth, cough with yellow phlegm, alleviate high volume of vaginal discharge or discharge that has strong odor, and improve postpartum lactation difficulty.
Luffa pith – mild in nature, it can improve the Meridian’s circulation, promote diuresis to relieve bloating.
Tea remedy to clear summer heat
Effects: Clears heat and dispels dampness. Relieves heat stroke, excessive sweating and fatigue.
Ingredients: 10g luffa pith, 10g lotus leaves, 9g radix ophiopogonis, rock sugar to taste
Preparation: Rinse all ingredients thoroughly and place into thermos, rinse with hot water once. Then add in hot water again and steep for 15-20 minutes. Add an appropriate amount of rock sugar and mix until it melts. You can re-brew this tea until its flavor weakens. For best results, drink consecutively for 2-3 days. Two weeks for a treatment.
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