Make space in your pantry for these ingredients that are commonly used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) experts. By Estelle Low
Instead of skipping the TCM shop, why not drop in and pick up some herbs that can boost your health? Siew Pei Kuan, assistant branch manager at Yue Hwa Chinese Products, highlights eight TCM herbs – and what they’re good for.
TCM Herb: Radix Pseudostellariae (or Crown Prince Ginseng)
Benefits of this TCM herb Relieves heatiness, promotes circulation and strengthens respiratory function.
How to use this TCM herb Steep in boiling water for a tonifying tea, with 6g radix pseudostellariae to 250ml water.
TCM Herb: Black Fungus
Benefits of this TCM herb Lowers blood pressure and prevents iron deficiency.
How to use this TCM herb Stir-fry 15g to a handful of black fungus with chicken and ginger.
TCM Herb: White Fungus
Benefits of this TCM herb Enhances complexion, regulates menstrual cycle and relieves coughs.
How to use this TCM herb Add to chicken, red dates and mushrooms soup, with 25g white fungus to one litre water.
TCM Herb: Roselle (or Roselle Flower, Sorrel)
Benefits of this TCM herb Lowers cholesterol, regulates blood pressure and aids digestion.
How to use this TCM herb Steep in boiling water and sweeten with honey, with four pieces of roselle to 250ml water
TCM Herb: Job’s Tears (or Chinese Pearl Barley)
Benefits of this TCM herb Relieves diarrhoea and detoxifies.
How to use this TCM herb Boil with wintermelon strips for a cooling beverage, with 50g Job’s tears to one litre water.
TCM Herb: Prepared Rehmannia Root (or Chinese Foxglove Root)
Benefits of this TCM herb Lowers blood sugar level.
How to use this TCM herb Add to chicken or pork rib soup, with 30g prepared rehmannia root to one litre water.
TCM Herb: Eucommia (or Eucommia Bark)
Benefits of this TCM herb Boosts the body’s self-cleansing process as well as strengthens joints and bones.
How to use this TCM herb Cut into strips and add to pork ribs, morinda root, wolfberries and Chinese dates soup, with 70g to one litre water.
TCM Herb: Largehead Atractylodes Rhizome (or White Atractylodes Root)
Benefits of this TCM herb Improves digestion, lowers blood sugar level and enhances immunity.
How to use this TCM herb Boil with ginseng for a nourishing drink, with three pieces of largehead atractylodes rhizome to 250ml water