There is a Chinese saying that goes like this: '家有一老，如有一宝'. It means that it's like having a gold treasure having an elderly at home. Although my 老 (senior citizens), who are parents of both sides, are staying distance away from where we live, they never fail in giving us pointers and guidance in every aspect of our lives. Today's recipe Haw & Du Zhong Tea is just one of the many remedies mom has handed to me. This recipe was given to me after all the non-stop eating outs during the Chinese New Year. It's time to flush out the 'unnecessaries' from our organs :).
According to the Chinese Herb Dictionary by Complementary and Alternative Healing University, the medical usage of Du Zhong (杜仲) is mainly on the circulatory and immunity systems. It is also mentioned here by drinking Haw & Du Zhong Tea, in particular, on consistent basis helps in regulating blood pressure, sugar level and cholesterol in our body system.
Caution: Please consult reliable herbalist before consuming this tea if you have any concern due to your current health condition, e.g. pregnancy, gastric, indigestion problems, etc. There are different opinion regarding herbs for young children (below the age of 7). Please also consult your herbalist if this concerns you.
Haw & Du Zhong Tea (山楂杜仲茶）
40g haw (山楂)
50g du zhong (杜仲)
6 cups water
Rock sugar (optional)
Clean the herbs. Combine all with water in a pot. Bring water to a boil; lower heat and boil for another 30 minutes. Sweeten with rock sugar if desired. Strain and serve.
(First posted on 21st Mar 08, revised with write-up and recipe on 25th Mar 08)