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【Chinese Medicine Tips】 Winter herbal paste

2015-June-5       Source: Newsgd.com

According to Chinese Culture, human beings share the same discipline with the nature, which can be described as sprout in spring, thrive in summer, harvest in autumn and store in winter. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that winter is the season for preservation and storage. Therefore, consuming herbal tonics and herbal medicines based on one’s individual physical condition can lead to better fitness. In China, herbal medicine paste (Chinese: 膏方; pinyin: gaofang) has long been an unique way for storing nutrition in winter.

Gaofang is a classic form of traditional Chinese medicine with over two-thousand-year history. Gao means herbal paste and fang is short for prescription (Chinese: 处方; pinyin: chufang ). Gaofang is a liquid medicine originally kept in pot. It is made from several herbal ingredients and it is effective in strengthening immunity, preventing diseases and nourishing health. Basic theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine and ancient prescriptions are adopted to develop the Gaofang. Gaofang can be applied to many diseases such as sub-healthy condition, anorexia, anemia, chronic cough, menstrual disorder and so on.

  • Step1: Soak the herbs in cool water for over one hour.
  • Step 2: Boil the herbs in a medicine cooker.
  • Step 3: Extract the herbal liquid and filter out the impurity.
  • Step 4: Concentrate the herbal liquid by decocting
  • Step 5: Boil the precious herbs such as Ginseng and American ginseng, and then combine them with the concentrated herbal liquid prepared in step 4.
  • Step 6: Add powder of precious herb and supplementary ingredients such as honey and donkey-hide gelatin to the herbal liquid so as to thicken it into paste. It is the most important part of making herbal paste.
  • Step 7: Cool the herbal paste, which aims to get rid of internal heat caused by the long-time decoction.

 

 

Editor: Yishan

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