Brew your very own herbal tea with tips from with Professor Hong Hai of The Renhai Clinic and Nanyang Technological University.

Chinese herbs are a lot of fun and very interesting
because we can use various combinations
to make different kinds of tea.
Today i'll talk about four kinds
of tea which are used for different
purposes.
Tea that can be used for
improving your vision.
And this is a very simple tea to make,
it just consists of only
three ingredients,
wolfberry seeds or "gou ji zi",
chrysanthemum flower or "ju hua",
and mulburry leaves or "shang ye".
When we talk about clearing vision,
we don't mean
all kinds of vision problems but the kind of vision that that comes with aging,
and with
certain amount of heat and dryness,
that
arises from what we call the liver
in chinese medicine or liver qi,
stagnation, stagnation of liver qi.
And when there is stagnation of liver qi, as it sometimes progress into
liver fire
which arises
rises up and causes redness of eyes
and dry eyes and
you get some blurring vision,
as a result of that.
Now, among the three ingredients,
both chrysanthemum flower
and mulburry leaves
have the effect of clearing liver heat
or liver fire
and to bring down
excessive liver yang.
Yang, as in yin and yang.
bring it down to a more balanced level.
The wolfberry seeds help to improve the
vision further by nourishing yin.
When you nourished yin, you also moisten usually.
So the nourishing the yin by the wolfberry seeds
adds to the effect of the chrysanthemum and mulburry leaves
by moistening the eyes and in a way, cooling it as well.
And for the three in combination,
gives you a nice balance between
moistening and cooling
and dissipation of heat,
and also
it has a nice natural taste
because of the wolfberry seeds.
it has a nice natural taste
because of the wolfberry seeds.
The other tea I want to talk about is
for blood circulation.
This tea
consists of 4 ingredients.
There's the hawthorne,
or known as "san zha",
"dan sheng",
lotus leaves
or "he ye",
and wolfberry seeds.
Studies have shown that hawthorn,
or "dan sheng" can promote
blood flow in the
coronary arteries so
this formulation could be also helpful for
those with
mild coronary heart disease.
The lotus leaves and the hawthorn berries also
are thought to be able to have some
effect in lowering blood pressure and
perhaps also
to lower blood cholesterol level.
People who will
suffer from
mild cardiovascular disease may find
this
tea to be useful
for consumption regularly,
especially after meals.
Not so good to drink it before meals
because the hawthorne is a little bit sour
and when
stomach is hungry,
it is better not to take anything that is
too sourish.
The wolfberry seeds are added
also to sweeten the tea so you have the nice taste,

and to neutralise the sour effect of the hawthorn.
Wolfberry seeds also help to cool the body and promote the immune system.
Of course if you don't want wolfberry seeds you
could also use a little bit of rock sugar.
So this tea is nice because
you can drink it
say, after a meal.
It helps with your blood circulation,
improves your immune system.
Something that you can drink
everyday if you like.
if you have a dry throat or you have cough
because of
deficiency in yin,
of especially in your lungs,
here is a tea that could be helpful.
It consists only of 4 ingredients,
there is "mai dong", which is also know as the dwarf lily turf tuber,
"bei sha sheng",
which is
also known as the "coastal glehnia root",
also known as the "coastal glehnia root",
the lily bulb, or "bai he",
and again wolfberry seeds.
This tea is a combination of herbs
that not only
nourish and moisten the lung,
but also clears the heat
in the lungs and also produces
body fluids,
specially to moisten
your mucous membrane of the mouth and
throat.
It's therefore a tea that is good for quenching thirst,
especially thirsts that comes with a dry throat.
The tea overall tastes sweet
because of the yin tonics
and
it's a very pleasant tea to drink

even before meals,
in between meals,
especially when you're feeling thirsty.
You will only have to caution that you cannot take
too much of it because there's some of
the ingredients are a bit 'cold',
and too much of it could damage
your spleen and stomach.
So by and large, it's probably better
to drink it
after dinner but if you drink some before dinner in between meals,
that's okay too.
i come next to
the, a tonic tea for the, your qi and your blood
as you know qi and blood are very important
fluids in your body.
Qi, for driving a lot of processes and
blood for nourishing and for
bringing
nourishment to your
organs as well.
The 4 ingredients are
astragalus or "huang chi", american ginseng or "xi yang sheng",
red dates or "da zao",
and "long yan rou" or longan.
This tea is good for refreshing,
for rejuvenation
as it is
a balanced qi and blood tonic.
To prepare it, take the "huang chi" and cut it into thin strips,
so that
it's easier to extract
ingredients from it,
tastes a little stronger.
The quantity of red dates
and the longan meat
should be about half of the "huang chi"
and the american ginseng as they are quite 'warm'
and too much of it can
result in some internal heat.
This tea can strengthen the spleen
functions and
because it also nourishes the blood,
because it also nourishes the blood,
it can promote better sleep.

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