Hannah Wang Acupuncture & Herbs

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Hannah Wang Acupuncture & Herbs

Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Recipes for licorice root

In clinical practice, licorice root is commonly used for treatment. It's often used in combination with other herbs or prescriptions.

Honey-fried licorice root

Step 1: Add honey to a pan. Pour in a small amount of water. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 2: Add the licorice into the pan. Stir fry slowly until the licorice is a little bit yellowed and not sticky.

如何制作炙甘草? 在蜂蜜中加入少量的水,再倒入砂锅中烧开,然后再把甘草放入锅中,慢火翻炒,直至炒至甘草泛黄,不粘手为止。

Use it to:

- Tonify qi

- Clear heat

- Detoxify

- Relieve cough and get rid of phlegm

- Slow and relieve pain

Honey licorice wheat soup with red dates

Ingredients: Radix Glycyrrhizae (9g), wheat (15g), and 10 dates

Procedure: Follow the water decoction process.

Use it to:

- Tranquilize the mind

- Moderate symptoms like trance, absent-mindedness, sorrow, desire to cry, loss of self-control, irritability, sleeplessness, clumsiness, frequent yawning, light red tongue and tongue moss, low pulse

- Treat hysteria, climacterium syndrome, neurasthenia, children that cry at night

- Restore yin and liver qi

炙甘草的功效与作用 炙甘草具有补气、清热解毒、止咳化痰,缓急止痛的作用。通常我们并不单独使用炙甘草,临床中是与其它的药物组合使用,用甘草来缓和药性,调和诸药,在临床中,甘草是常用的药物,它可以随着组方把这些药物的功能协调起来,把药性柔和起来。 下面给大家介绍一个大家可以在家里自己制作的一个很好的方剂,甘麦大枣汤。 炙甘草三两(9g),小麦(15g),大枣十枚。 用法 水煎服 甘麦大枣汤,为安神剂,具有养心安神,和中缓急之功效。主治脏躁。症见精神恍惚,常悲伤欲哭,不能自主,心中烦乱,睡眠不安,甚则言行失常,呵欠频作,舌淡红苔少,脉细微数。临床常用于治疗癔病、更年期综合征、神经衰弱、小儿夜啼等属心阴不足,肝气失和者。

Qian Shi


Recipe for "Five Red Soup"

Ingredients: 6 red dates (sliced, if preferred),  20g of red peanuts, 20g of red beans, 10g of Chinese wolfberries, 20g of brown sugar, 1300 ml of water

Procedure:

Step 1: Soak the red beans overnight in water.

Step 2: Wash the dates and place them into a casserole dish (or soup pot) along with the peanuts, red beans and water.

Step 3: Bring the mixture to a boil. Then, add the wolfberries and brown sugar. 

Step 4: Lower the temperature and simmer for about an hour. Then, it's ready to serve.


Recipe for "eight-treasure porridge"

"Eight-treasure porridge" is an ancient Chinese traditional porridge. It's name refers to the original eight ingredients that were used. Today, the recipe includes more ingredients and has variations from different regions of China. 

It basically has four kinds of ingredients: rice, beans, dried fruits, and Chinese herbal medicines. For example: japonica rice, glutinous rice or black glutinous rice, mung beans, red beans,  white lentils, red dates, peach kernels, peanuts, lotus seeds, longan, pine nuts, yam, lily, medlar, Euryale (Gorgon fruit), and semen coicis.

Use eight-treasure porridge to strengthen the spleen and nourish the stomach, supprt weight loss, and replenish energy. It can be used as a diet for obesity and neurasthenia, and as a daily health and bodybuilding food.

Even though the recipe is simple, the finished product is bright, soft and sweet, fragrant, slippery but not greasy, can supply iron, help to produce blood, raise Qi and soothe the nerves.

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients. The hard ingredients (e.g. beans or lentils) should be soaked overnight.

Step 2: Put all the ingredients together and wash them with water.

Step 3: Put the ingredients into a pot and add water. Some of the ingredients will need more water, so add more water than for a typical porridge recipe.

Step 4: Turn the temperature to high and bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 5: Once it starts to boil, remove the bubbles from the pot with a spoon. After boiling, lower the temperature so that the ingredients can simmer. Stir the mixture often, being careful to not touch the pot or cause the porridge to overflow.

Step 6: After the porridge has simmered for about 30 minutes, it's ready to serve in bowls.

“八宝粥”是中国古老传统粥的制作方法,“八宝粥”的原意是指用八种不同的原料熬制成粥。但是在今天,许多“八宝粥”的用料已经超出八种。 “八宝粥”一般以粳米、糯米或黑糯米为主料,再添加辅料,如绿豆、赤豆、白扁豆、红枣、桃仁、花生、莲子、桂圆、松籽仁、山药、百合,枸杞子、芡实、薏仁米等熬制成粥。我国不同地区的人们根据自己饮食喜爱,选用不同的用料。但是基本上是四大类原料:米、豆类、干果类、中药材。

八宝粥具有健脾养胃,消滞减肥,益气安神的功效。可作肥胖及神经衰弱者食疗之用,也可作为日常养生健美之食品。八宝粥食材与制作都很简单,成品色泽鲜艳、质软香甜、清香诱人、滑而不腻,补铁、补血、养气、安神。

1.将食材准备好,偏硬的食材应提前一晚泡好,如白扁豆

2.所有的食材放到一起,用水淘干净

3.将食材放入锅中,加入适量的水,因为部分食材吸水,所以要比平时煮粥放的水多一些

4.将火候跳到最大档

5.煮开的过程中,锅中会有泡泡,用汤勺将泡泡滤掉。煮开之后,调到小 火慢熬,注意要经常搅拌,以免沾锅,同时避免粥溢出锅外

6.大概半小时之后,粥做好了,将粥盛入碗中

7.腊八粥就算做好啦

How to cook Eight-treasured rice porridge

Garlics soaked in mature vinegar

Ingredients of porridge

Ingredients of porridge

Eight-treasure porridge


Foods for treating physical conditions or symptoms

Consult your doctor before using any of these ingredients.

Semen Coicis/Coix Seed: The dried seed of Coix Stapf, family Gramineae. It is collected when the fruit is ripe. 

Use it to:

- Promote diuresis to drain dampness 

- Invigorate the spleen to relieve diarrhea

- Treat bi-syndrome 

- Clear away heat to drain puss

Usage/dosage: 9 to 30g. It can be taken as a large dosage for a long time because of its mild efficacy. The raw form is used to treat most conditions. The spleen stir-baked form is used for invigorating the spleen. 

Semen Lablab Album/White Hyacinth Bean: The dried ripe seed of Dolichos lablab L. It is collected in autumn when the fruits have become ripe. It is dried by sunlight and used both in its raw and baked form. 

Use it to:

- Invigorate the spleen

- Resolve dampness

- Harmonize the middle and dispel summer heat

Usage/dosage: 10 to 15g. The baked version has a better effect on invigorating the spleen to stop diarrhea. 

Fructus Jujubae/Chinese Dates: The dried ripe fruit of Ziziphus jujube Mill. It is collected in autumn when the fruit is ripe and it is dried by sunlight. It is used in its unprocessed form. 

Use it to:

- Tonify the middle and replenish qi

- Nourish blood

- Induce tranquilization

Usage/dosage: 6 to15g. Chop and then follow the decoction process.

Bulbus Lilii/Lily Bulb: The dried scale leaf of the pulpy bulb. This plant is excavated in autumn. After being washed clean, its scale leaves are excavated and slightly scalded in boiling water. It is then dried by natural sunlight. It can be utilized in its unprocessed or honey-baked form.

Use it to:

- Nourish yin

- Moisten lungs

- Clear the heart to induce tranquilization

Usage/dosage: 6 to 12g. The honey-processed form is most effective for moistening the lung.  

Fructus Lycii/Barbary Wolfberry Fruit: The dried ripe fruit of the machaka Lycium barbarum L. Those produced in Ningxia are the best quality. 

Use it to:

- Nourish the liver and kidney

- Replenish essence

- Improve vision

Usage/dosage: 6 to 12g. 

Semen Nelumbinis/Lotus Stamen: This medicinal is collected in autumn and dried in the sunshine. The raw form is utilized for medicine. 

Use it to:

- Invigorate the spleen and relieve diarrhea

- Support kidney function to preserve the essence

- Nourish the heart and tranquillize the mind

Usage/dosage: 10 to 15g. Take the core out from the seed and break it into pieces. 

Semen Euryales/Gordon Euryale Seed: Mature seeds can be collected at the ending of the autumn and early winter. The kernel's hard crust is removed, dried in the sun and ground to pieces. The raw or baked form is used as medicine. 

Use it to:

- Benefit the kidney to preserve the essence

- Invigorate the spleen and relieve diarrhea

- Dispel dampness to relieve leucorrhea

Usage/dosage: 10 to 15g. 

Radix Astragali/Milkvetch Root: This medicinal is excavated and collected in spring and autumn, dried in the sun, and sliced after removal of its rootlets and root-heads. The raw or stir-baked with honey forms can be used as medicine. 

Use it to:

- Tonify qi and raise yang

- Strengthen the defensive and superficial

- Induce diuresis to alleviate edema

- Expel toxin and promote tissue regeneration

Usage/dosage: 9 to 30g. The honey-roasted form is most effective for invigorating the middle and replenishing qi. 

Common Yan Rhizome: The dried root of Dioscorea opposita Thunb. The root that grows in Huanqing (Henan province) is considered the best quality. It's known as Huai Shanyao. It is excavated after the hoar frost. It's peeled and dried by sunlight or baking. In this state, it's called Mao Shanyao, which may become Guang Shanyao after being reprocessed. After being macerated completely, it is sliced and used unprepared or baked with bran. 

Use it to:

- Nourish the spleen and stomach

- Promote the production of fluid

- Nourish the lungs

- Tonify kidneys and secure essence

Usage/dosage: 15 to 30g. Baked with bran, it has a better effect on tonifying spleen to stop diarrhea. 

Longan Aril: This medicinal is excavated in spring and autumn when the fruit is getting ripe and is dried by baking or sunlight. After removal of the fruit skin and kernel, the aril is taken out, dried till not sticky and preserved for use. 

Use it to:

- Tonify heart and spleen

- Nourish blood

- Induce tranquilization

Usage/dosage: 10 to 25g or 30 to 60g in large dosage. 

English Walnut Seed: The dried ripe seed of Juglans regia L. It is excavated in September and October when the fruits become fully ripe and dried by sunlight after the fruit skin being peeled. With its kernel being taken out, it's used in its unprocessed or stir-baked form. 

Use it to:

- Tonify kidneys

- Warm lungs

- Moisten bowels to relieve constipation

Usage/dosage: 10 to 30g. 

Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit: This medicinal material is collected at the end of autumn or early winter. It's baked over a soft fire or treated with boiling water, then its core is removed and is dried in the sun or baked. 

Use it to:

- Tonify the liver and kidneys

- Astringe essence

- Strengthen collapse

Usage/dosage: 3 to 10g. Large dosage may be up to 20 to 30g for an emergency to strengthen collapse. 

Rose Flowers: The buds are collected in batches in late spring and early summer when it is going to bloom. After the petals and bases are removed, they are dried at a low temperature. The raw form is used. 

Use it to:

- Soothe liver to remove depression

- Promote blood circulation

- Reduce pain

Usage/dosage: 1.5 to 6g. 

Hawthorn Fruit: The best quality of this medicinal is produced in Shandong province. It's collected at the end of autumn when the fruit is mature. It's cut into pieces and dried. It can be used in its raw or the stir-baked form. 

Use it to:

- Promote digestion

- Relieve dyspepsia; invigorate blood and disperse blood-stasis. 

Usage and Dosage: 9~12g. The raw is better for promoting digestion, while the charred is better for relieving diarrhea and dysentery. 


Nourishing Yin

Nourishing Yin is a Chinese medicine method for nourishing Yin fluid and tonifying the kidneys.

It's used to treat Yin deficiency which causes symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, red tongue and dry mouth. It's often used in treatment of women, especially menopausal women.

Commonly used medicines include ginseng, bamboo, radix ophiopogonin, dendrobium, and medlar.

Foods to nourish Yin include: lily, glutinous rice, honey, tremella, pork, pig, duck, soft-shelled turtle, blackfish, cuttlefish, turtle shell, oysters, crabs, jellyfish, sea cucumber, rabbit meat, clams, black fungus, tremella, tomato, spinach, cabbage, pears, grapes, mulberries, peach, and sugar cane.

Some foods to focus on:

Mulberries have the effect of nourishing Yin and enrich the blood, and can nourish the Yin of the liver and kidney. Mulberries are "a medicine for cooling blood, enriching the blood and benefiting Yin". It is suitable for people with Yin deficiency of liver and kidney, and most suitable for patients with hypertension.

Tremella is the most commonly used tonic food, nourishing the stomach, regenerate body fluid, moistening dryness. Especially for people with deficiency of lung Yin and deficiency of stomach Yin, along with symptoms of dry cough without phlegm, pharynx urticant, pustulosis, pigmentation, scalp desquamation.

Donkey-hide gelatin can nourish Yin and enrich the blood. It has great tonifying effect for patients with Yin blood deficiency, and with symptoms of insomnia, amnesia, dizzy, hand and foot quiver, palpitation, bleeding of the nasal cavity and gingival, dry cough without phlegm, threatened abortion.

Pork skin has the effect of nourishing Yin and moistening dryness. It has an even greater significant role of tonifying yin, moistening and protecting skin. It is best to eat in spring and autumn.

Medlar (Lycium barbarum/Wolfberry) is the dry ripe fruit of lycium barbarum. It is for treatment for dizziness caused by insufficient blood, weakness of waist and knee, spermatic ejaculation, deafness, loose teeth, prematurely white hair, insomnia and many dreams, liver and kidney Yin deficiency, hot flashes, night sweat, thirst-quenching, dry eyes, inner haze. Modern studies of medlar showed that it contains betaine, polysaccharide, crude fat, crude protein, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, carotene, ascorbic acid, nicotinic acid and other components, which have immunomodulatory effects. Medlar can improve the level of blood testosterone, has a strong effect of hematopoietic, anti-ageing, anti-mutation, anti-tumour, lowering blood lipids, liver protection and anti-fatty liver, lowering blood sugar and blood pressure.

Lily (dry fleshy scaly leaves of Lilium) nourishes Yin, moistens the lungs, clears the heart and calms the mind. It's often used for Yin deficiency and lung dryness with heat, dry cough with less phlegm, cough with blood and pharyngeal dry voice hoarseness. For patients with heat disturbance, insomnia, palpitations, patients can use it with ophiopogon japonicus, jujube seed, Salvia miltiorrhiza. For the treatment of patients with trance, hard-to-controlled mood, mouth pain, urination, pulse micro number, can be used with natural Rehmannia and rhizoma anemarrhenae. Lily can also nourish the stomach, clear the stomach heat, applicable for patients with stomach heat, and epigastric pain. Lily also has the function of relieving cough, eliminating phlegm, strengthen the body, sedative, and anti-allergic.  


Solving dampness

Dampness is caused by alcohol, sugar, ice drinks, refined food, fried food, getting wet in the rain, damp and wet conditions in your external environment combined with damp conditions produced inside your body.

Dampness causes the spleen to not function normally and it also produces damp heat.

Foods that can remove body dampness include: Chinese herbal tea or Chen pi (dry orange peel), Dongguapi (white gourd peel, epicardium Benincasa), Yi rice (the seed of Job's tears), red adzuki bean, Euryale (Gorgon fruit), white lentil. Consider combining these foods in a porridge.


Using red beans

Red beans, are used in Chinese medicine to reduce water, swelling, detoxifying and cleansing the skin, and clearing away heat. Red beans can also regulate qi, treat belching, abdominal pain, and blood stasis.

You can eat red beans in porridge or make a red bean bag. To make a bean bag: place the beans in a cloth sack, heat them in the microwave, and then apply heat to the neck and lower abdomen.

红豆,又名赤小豆,在中医上用于去湿气,具有利水消肿解毒洁肤,清热除烦的功效,红豆还可以理气,治疗疝气、腹痛、血滞经闭。

红豆既可以做粥喝,也可以制作红豆袋。可以把红豆放在袋子里,用微波炉加热后热敷颈部、小腹等。

红豆袋的作用,并非仅是取暖,它的更重要的价值在于养生与保健。红豆袋之所以能有这样的作用,多半因为红豆袋的功效和中医“敷疗”的相似性。中医的热敷法对于许多疾病有独特的疗效,就是在科学进步的今天,对于有些疾病来说,敷疗仍有简、便、廉的治疗效果。


Add moisture to your hair

To make your hair moist and shiny, eat foods that are rich in calcium, iron, and iodine. This includes kelp, laver, seaweed, fish, shrimp, animal hearts, livers, or kidneys, and soy products.


How to prepare a coffee enema

Coffee enema is an effective anti-cancer treatment and helps promote good health overall. and keeping in good health. Coffee contains ingredients which help enzymes to break down toxins in the blood.

Benefits include:

Caffeine stimulates the secretion of glutathione, the liver's most important enzyme for detoxifying and eliminating free radicals.

The caffeine and theophylline in coffee dilate the blood vessels in the intestinal wall and soothe enteritis.

A coffee enema cleans the large intestine near the anus on the left side, which is the place where the large intestine is most prone to filth, dirt, feces and the most feculent bacteria.

Coffee enemas help maintain the health of the liver by dealing with the toxins excreted by the liver on a daily basis, which explains the significance of coffee enemas for cancer patients.

Improves constipation, increases beneficial bacteria, and maintains the balance of bacteria in the intestine.

Helps prevent ageing.

It can help to improve allergic symptoms such as heterotopic dermatitis and urticaria.

Improves blood circulation and lymph gland circulation, which can improve many skin problems.

Promotes metabolism and helps obese people to control their weight.

Remove toxins from the body and can improve symptoms like chronic fatigue, headaches, and sore shoulders.

Can help improve liver function and keep the body in good condition.

Can prevent constipation and improve living habits.

Suitable for:

- People who experience palpitation, shortness of breath, chest tightness, suffocation, limb weakness

- People who lack appetite

- People who feel tired, have back aches, or general weakness

- People who often feel anxious or upset

- Insomniacs who have difficulty falling asleep or poor sleep quality

It is not suitable for:

- People who lack physical strength or have a weak body

- People with hemorrhoids or bleeding wounds in the rectum

- Pregnant women

- Children

- Bedridden, unconscious patients or the elderly

- Patients with severe gastrointestinal diseases

Procedure:

**While doing an enema, it's best to relax. Some like to listen to music.

Step 1: Close the water stop valve after cleaning the enema bag, after each use clean, can be reused.

Step 2: Add coffee infusion fluid into about 37℃ warm water. In addition to adding warm water close to human body temperature, also add about 0.5 gram of sea salt or deep ocean water to balance electrolytes, so that the electrolytes in the intestinal fluid can be closer to human body and improve osmotic force. It is recommended that people who are just starting out with coffee enemas add only 600 cc water for the first time, allowing the body to get used to it first, and then increase to 1000 cc each time.

Step 3: Hang the enema bag filled with enteric fluid high, about a person's height.

Step 4: Squeeze out the air in the enema tube. Open the water stop valve on the enema to allow the liquid to flow out and squeeze the air out of the enema, and then close the water stop valve.

Step 5: Coat the irrigation tube front end with emulsion It is recommended to apply lotions, liquid vitamins, aloe vera or linseed oil.

Step 6: Lay down on your right side. Lay a towel on the floor beside the bed, preferably not too far from the washroom.

Step 7: Insert the enema tube and open the water stop valve. While laying down, raise your left foot naturally. Gently put the irrigation tube into the anus about 15 cm deep, Open the water stop valve about ⅓, It will take about 15 to 20 minutes to drip.

Adjust the speed according to your situation. Turn off the water stop valve and hold on for 30 seconds to 1 minute. If you really can't help it, go to the toilet first, you can do it twice and it won't affect the effect.

Step 8: Lie straight, massage the left abdomen about 3 to 5 minutes. After waiting for enema liquid drop to be over, the body lies, one can wrap double foot to lean on the bed or wall, the body forms model.

Next, begin to massage from the left abdomen, go round navel to undertake with clockwise direction, massage 3 to 5 minutes can then one can go up to the toilet. If one cannot help it, it is alright to omit the massage steps and to go up to the toilet directly. During a massage, you can hear the sound of water in your stomach, it is the sign that the intestinal fluids is cleaning the intestinal walls like mouthwash to clean your mouth. While on the toilet, one can also do clockwise abdominal massage, it will help clean.

Step 9: Drink juice or mineral and probiotics after enema. Drink a glass of fruit juice before and after an enema to replenish lost water, balance your electrolytes, and reduce the discomfort that can occur when you have an enema.You can also eat a little lactic acid bacteria after enema.

Step 10: Clean the equipment. After the enema is finished, some coffee grounds will be left in the enema bag, which can be added with filtered water in order to clean it. The enema that touches the anus must be washed with soap.

Once the bag is clean, add a natural bacteriostatic agent or alcohol and let it drain again as a disinfectant. The end of the tube must also be sterilized.

After cleaning, keep the enema bag and enema tube dry and can be reused. Replace the enema hose after a month of continuous use. It is important to note that even family members should not share the same enema.

Matters needing attention:

1. Do not rush the enema time, the time can be controlled at 15 to 30 minutes, during the process, you can listen to music to relax.

2. The optimal number of coffee enemas is one in the morning and one in the evening, and the most suitable time is 1 hour after the meal. If you're just starting out, do it once a day.

3. People who are allergic to chemicals such as caffeine should dilute their coffee to four times before using it. After the enema, if excessive peristalsis occurs in the large intestine, it should be suspended and consult professionals.

4. The acid in coffee can irritate the skin of the anus, which may worsen hemorrhoids, or cause hemorrhoids, prolapsed anus, anus inflammation, etc. Therefore, after the end of the enema, it is recommended to dip the soapy fingers into the anus about 2 to 3, and then wash with warm water, wipe clean after the anal parts and use vaseline, in order to prevent the occurrence of hemorrhoids.

5. Coffee enema will cause the large intestine to lose water. Drink more water or vegetable juice before and after enema.

6. When you go to the toilet, be sure to have an abdominal massage to achieve the effect.

7. Enema fluid should be 1000 ㏄

8. Coffee enema is to assist the waste within the large intestine, shorten the retention time of waste in the intestine. It is not a replacement of normal daily defecation.