August 18, 2022
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Soup to clear heat and nourish yin for better sleep
By right, we should be able to sleep well when we are exhausted, but it is not always the case. Even if we manage to fall asleep, we will tend to dream excessively. According to Chinese Medicine theories, individuals with a weak body would develop insomnia more easily. For instance, weak individuals would feel tired but could not sleep easily due to the lack of qi in the body. People with a yin-deficient body might feel annoyed and experience palpitation and would not be able to sleep well.
Individuals with insomnia should take care of the body according to their respective symptoms. For instance, those with a yin-deficient body should consume ingredients that could nourish the yin. For instance, snow fungus, glehnia root, lily bulb, noble dendrobium, and American ginseng. They should also avoid eating hot, spicy, and deep-fried foods. These individuals should spend thirty minutes to one hour to calm themselves down before sleep by massaging the acupoints to relieve stress and calm the mind. This would improve their sleep quality.
Three de-stress acupoints before sleep
Method: Use your thumb to message each acupoint gently for about 2 – 3 minutes.
Location: Midway between the medial ends of the eyebrows
Shen Men Point
Location: at the wrist crease, from the pinky finger to the bottom of the palm where it depresses
Location: on side of top of foot, on your foot about two finger widths above the place where the skin of your big toe and the next toe join.
Monkey head mushroom soup with lily bulbs, glehnia root and polygonatum odoratum
Effects: nourishes yin and clears the heat, relieves dry mouth and dry stool.
Ingredients: 1 old cucumber, 2 corns, 15g lily bulbs, 20g glehnia root, 15g polygonatum odoratum, 1 monkey head mushroom, 2 candied dates
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Soak monkey head mushrooms for half a day. Cut the old cucumber into pieces. Remove husks from corn and cut into pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2500ml of water and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 1.5 hour. Add salt to taste.
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