October 18, 2019
American Ginseng for night owls
Many people in Hong Kong have frequent late nights. As they usually have busy days, private time at night is quite precious, and they always want to do more things. Staying up late and not having adequate sleep can not only lead to mental stress and irritability, but Chinese medicine believes that staying up late will hurt yin. Lack of yin can lead to overactive yang qi, causing yin deficiency and you may experience symptoms of asthenic heat such as excessive thirst, canker sore, sore throat. Some may mistakenly believe they have heat and drink herbal tea to clear heat. This further reduces yang qi, leading to both yin and yang deficiency. In reality, nourishing yin is the right thing to do.
Chinese medicine believes that American ginseng has the effects of replenishing qi, nourishing yin, clearing asthenic fire, promoting fluid production and relieving thirst. It can relieve late night induced asthenic heat symptoms such as irritability, thirst, low volume and yellow urination, dried stools and dry mouth. It can help to sober up, fight fatigue and enhance immunity. Simply brew the American Ginseng slices or combine it with other ingredients to make soup. As it is cold in nature, those with asthenic cold body constitutions, cold and stomach pain and white tongue coating should not have.
Tips for soup to nourish yin and relieve dryness:
Appropriately add in ingredients to nourish yin and relieve dryness such as pear, snow fungus, radix adenophorae, radix ophiopogonis, lily bulb, radix ophiopogonis, wolfberries.
Old cucumber soup with American ginseng and dendrobium
Effects: nourishes yin and relieves dryness. Suitable for late night related dry mouth, canker sore, sore throat, irritability.
Ingredients: 1 old cucumber, 1 carrot, 15g American ginseng, 15g dendrobium, half a monk fruit
1. Rinse all ingredients thoroughly. Cut the old cucumber into pieces. Crack the monk fruit into pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients (except American ginseng) with 2000ml of water in a pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Turn to low heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add American ginseng into pot and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add salt to taste.
Note: Not suitable for those with asthenic cold body constitutions, cold and stomach pain and white tongue coating.
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