Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine This is a recipe recorded in Li Shi Zhen’s sixteenth century materia medica. This wine dissipates toxic heat and relieves all swellings and skin infections. It stimulates lactation after childbirth. It also cures the intital symptoms of acute mastitis. ¼ cup (50 grams) dandelion leaves 2 cups (500 milliliters) rice wine, or sake […]

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Rose Petal Wine and White Chrysanthemum Wine

Rose Petal Wine This wine stimulates blood circulation and normalizes the flow of qi in the body. Its specific functions are to heal bruises and swellings due to trauma, to regulate menses when there is either too little or too much blood, to relieve a bloated stomach, and to mitigate shortness of breath. 1 cup […]

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American Ginseng Wine and Fresh Cherry Wine and Ginger Wine

American Ginseng Wine This ginseng wine strengthens qi, nourishes Yin, and stimulates the production of body fluids. It is prescribed for weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, dryness in the mouth and throat, and dry coughs. ¼ cup (50 grams) American ginseng, finely sliced 4 cups (1 liter) rice wine, or sake Place the ginseng in […]

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WINES

WINES The term “wine,” jiu in Chinese, refers not to European grape wine but to spirits—generally rice spirits or that of sorghum or other grains. The wines described below are suitable as after-dinner drinks. Their function is not merely curative; they can be taken for prevention, as a tonic, or simply for the enjoyment of […]

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BEVERAGES

The most common beverage in China is tea, green tea being the most popular.Water is drunk, of course, but not icy cold. Indeed, it is usually sipped steaming hot, or at least warm. In China it is believed that cold water blocks digestion, whereas hot water aids circulation and dissolves fats. Alcoholic beverages are consumed […]

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