July 2, 2021
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Smilax glabra soup to clear heat and relieve itch
The weather during summer is hot and humid, and very often, sensitive skin will develop eczema and other itchy skin problems. Hence, we should regularly consume soup that can clear heat, dispel dampness from the body, and strengthen the spleen. By doing so, not only can we prevent skin problems from developing but also relieve the itch on the body.
Smilax glabra (‘tu fu ling’) is an effective medicine to clear heat and toxins. The tea we drink during summer to dispel dampness also contains this ingredient. This Chinese herb can get rid of dampness and toxins, relieve itch, and is good for the joints.
Smilax glabra is especially suitable for individuals with the damp heat body constitution as it can relieve eczema and itch on the skin. You can find both fresh and dried ones in the market, but the fresh ones are more effective. However, it will oxidize very quickly once the skin is removed. Hence, fresh Smilax glabra should be consumed as quickly as possible. The dried products, on the other hand, can be stored more easily.
Tips on ingredient:
Old cucumbers are cool in nature. They can clear heat and detoxify, promote fluid production to relieve thirst, and promote diuresis to relieve bloating. Suitable for those with damp heat, and yin deficient body constitutions, as well as those with gout, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Note those with asthenic spleen and stomach and prone to diarrhea and loose stool should not have cucumber.
Smilax and millettia speciosa soup with old cucumber
Effects: clears heat and dispels dampness, cools blood and relieves itch. Alleviates itch induced by skin allergies or eczema.
Ingredients: 300g fresh smilax (around 1/2 catty), 80g fresh millettia speciosa (around 2 tael), 1 old cucumber, 30g rice bean, 40g mung bean, 40g coix seed, 2 candied dates
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Peel smilax and cut into pieces. Cut the millettia speciose into sections. Core the old cucumber and cut into large chunks.
2. Combine all ingredients with 2000ml of water in a pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 2 hours. Add salt to taste.
Note: not suitable for those with asthenic weak spleen and stomach, those prone to diarrhea and those who are pregnant.
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