Zheng Gu Shui

The words zheng gu shui mean “bone setting solution” in English. In my experience it’s simply the best solution for bruises, sprains and pain to the extremities with no bleeding. And Zheng Gu Shui relieves pain in the bones and joints as well. Yet another example of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that works. I have used this many times on my self and friends with astonishing results almost every time!
The only caveat: do not use in connection with infection or open wounds.

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Reference: Zheng Gu Shui wikipedia.org

Garlic Ginger and Green Onion Recipes for Common Cold

Garlic
To treat the early stages of the common cold, take 50 gr. of garlic, the white heads of green onion, and fresh ginger, and boil in water; drink hot and cover yourself with a blanket so that you transpire.

Ginger
When fever and chills are present, grate 30 gr. of ginger, boil it in water, add one teaspoon of brown sugar. To suppress coughing due to the common cold, grate 50 gr. of ginger and mix with 2 teaspoons of maltose, boil in 3 cups of water until the water is reduced to half a cup, and then sip slowly.

Reference: Chinese Foods for Longevity by Henry C. Lu p. 22-23

There is a whole book written on the wonders of ginger, garlic and green onion based on Traditional Chinse Medical (TCM) Food Therapy claiming to cure all most any kind of imaginable disease in man. The book includes more than twenty different recipes to cure the common cold with ginger, garlic and green onion!

Reference: Curing Diseases the Chinese Way: With Ginger, Garlic and Green Onion compiled by Wang Fuchun and Duan Yuhua

Goya the miraculous Bitter Gourd

Somebody once recommended Gohyah or Goya Tea for my common cold. And miraculously it worked!

bittergourd-1I have been testing this Bitter Gourd, or Bitter Melon as it is often called, on myself and friends. The plant is known throughout Asia for its excellent qualities in cooking, health and sickness prevention (lung disorders, cancer and diabetes etc.). The chinese claim that the bitter curd is vital to health. The bitter taste is balancing the other tastes ( sour, pungent, sweet, salty ). Gohyah is included in famous recipes in TCM Food- or Dietotherapy.

Tea: Slice the Bitter Melmon ( or use try Bitter Gourd ) and purr with boiling hot water. Wait 5 min.

Soup: Slice the Bitter Gourd and boil with 150 gr. pork and you have a wonderful soup.

More uses and info on wikipedia.org: Bitter Melon

Alcoholic Poisoning

A few recipes from the straight forward, very practical and ingenious food branch of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to cure hangovers from drinking to much alcohol.

a. 15 g tea infused in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink a large cupful.
b. Put 15 g of withe sugar in 30 ml vinegar. Dilute with hot water, and when the sugar has completely dissolved drink.
c. Take 60. g black soya beans. Add a suitable amount of water and heat until boiling, then drink.

Reference:
Eating Your Way to Health: Dietotheraphy in Traditional Chinese Medicine
P. 66
ISBN 711901885X

My personal tips in order to avoid a severe hangover after a drinking binge:
(water, protein, sugar, salt, vitamins)

Drink a large amount of water
Eat a protein rich snack (ex. eggs and bacon, herring or salmon)
Spice with salt
Take a vitamin pill or a vitamin C
Drink Orange Juice

The body should of curse rest (sleep) to be able to recuperate properly. Drink 2 big glasses of water before going to bed.

The day after. Some light exercise and appropriate massage to relieve tensions may be in place after the circumstances. Some people feel that a walk helps. My girlfriend recommends a warm bath for the feet with herbs – against colds and others symptoms of discomfort!

Links:
Hangover wikipedia.org