Monday, May 11, 2009

Chinese Herbs for Lungs & Stomach

Chinese herbs for Kady? Ponder and pondering and I have also planned to bring him to a Chinese Physician for consultation. Why this thought right? Well... Kady always been infected with cough virus very easily and PD worried that he might get asthma! And some other experienced mommies shared their Chinese remedies with me to strength his lungs.

In addition, I also realised that Kady, like me, has a heaty base. Our palms can be transmitting (pretty hot) heat but not feverish. So when comes to Chinese herbs, I have to use with care. Besides, some are cooling herbs; some heaty herbs and others are neutral.

Here are some simple, safe and easy ones I gathered for Kady to strength his lungs and improve his digestive stsyem.



1) Stock for cooking porridge or steaming cod fish
Ingredients:
Yu zhu
Gou Qi Zi (Wolfberry)
Hong zao (Red dates)


Yu Zhu
Properties: Sweet - Cool
Meridian Lungs, stomach, spleen
- nourish yin, moisten dryness, lung and stomach dry heat with cough, dry throat, thirst, irritability, steaming bone disorder, excess hunger, constipation
-clear wind, nourish sinews – moistens sinews, spasms, dizziness

Gou Qi Zi a.k.a Wolfberry Fruit
Properties: Sweet - Neutral
Meridian: Lungs, liver, kidney
- improves and regulates immune system
-nourish/tonify liver & kidney ie. Yin/blood deficiency
-benefits essence ie. brighten eyes
-enrich Yin – dry lung ie. helps consumptive cough (xiao ke)

Cautions Use:
Should not be use in cases external heat, (like swelling with inflammation), spleen deficient (pixu) with dampness and loose stool or diarrhea.



Hong Zao a.k.a Red dates
Properties: Sweet - Warm
Meridian: Stomach, spleen
• calms the central nervous system
• protects liver
• improves strength of muscles
• inhibits cell mutation and inhibits cancer cells
• preventing reaction in blood transfusion

Cautions Use:
• Da zao promotes damp heat (infection of the digestive tract).
• It creates flatulence, indigestion, promotes parasites, bad teeth.
• Do not use in case of hot cough or in case of yeast infection.
• Do not use large amount if digestion is bad.


2) Soup
Ingredients:
Nan xing, Bei xing
Luo Han Guo
Wu Hua Guo
Pear or pork


Nan Xing & Bei Xing a.k.a Chinese almonds
Properties: Bitter - Warm, Toxic (Nan Xing) and Sweet Bitter - Warm, Toxic (Bei Xing)
Meridian: Lungs, liver
Pulpit Rhizome -dry dampness, expel phlegm (drying aspect stronger than ban xia)
-disperse wind phlegm in channels, stops spasm
-reduce swelling, alleviate pain, deep rooted sores, yin type

Luo Han Guo
Properties: Sweet - Cool and not toxic
Meridian: Respiratory ailments, throats
- act as a remedy for sun stroke, wet the lungs, remove phlegm, stop cough and aid defecation

Wu Hua Guo a.k.a. Dried figs
Properties: Sweet - Neutral
Meridian: Lungs, stomach, bowel
can improves stomach digestion and smoothing bowel movement, clearing phlegm and soothing lung
-helps to strengthen the lungs, thereby preventing common cold and reduces allergic symptoms such as asthma and nasal inflammation


3) Beverage
Ingredients:
Xi yang cai (watercress)
Honey


Xi Yang Cai a.k.a. Watercress
Properties: Sweet - Cool
Meridian: Lungs
• helps to strengthen the lungs, thereby preventing common cold and reduces allergic symptoms such as asthma and nasal inflammation.


4) Other common herbs
Bai Mu Er a.k.a White Fungus
Properties: Sweet - Cool
Meridian: Lungs
• helps to strengthen the lungs, thereby preventing common cold and reduces allergic symptoms such as asthma and nasal inflammation.

Ginger
Properties: Fiery - Warm
Ginger is most commonly known for its effectiveness as a digestive aid. By increasing the production of digestive fluids and saliva, Ginger helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Ginger's therapeutic properties effectively stimulate circulation of the blood, removing toxins from the body, cleansing the bowels and kidneys, and nourishing the skin. Other uses for Ginger Root include the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems by loosening and expelling phlegm from the lungs.

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