Herbal Recipes for Wellness

The use of chinese herbs for cooking exists since ancient times.

Chinese herbs are not only used in enhancing the flavour of the dish but they could also possess properties to improve overall health and may at times aid healing.

 

The use of chinese herbs for cooking exists since ancient times. Chinese herbs are not only used in enhancing the flavour of the dish but they could also possess properties to improve overall health and may at times aid healing.

 

In this special edition of ‘Healthy Recipes’, we bring you three herbal recipes created with both Codonopsis Pilosula Root (Dang Shen 党参) and Angelica Sinensis Root (Dang Gui 当归).

Codonopsis Pilosula or Dang Shen is a perennial flowering plant native to northeast Asia and Korea. Its root is widely used as an ingredient in Chinese cuisine to make nutritional herbal soup as well as a tonic beverage when used on its own.

Its health benefits are similar to that of Ginseng. It is sold at a more affordable price, thus it is also known as the ‘poor man’s Ginseng’.

Dang Shen is commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to correct ‘Qi’ (气) deficiency and improve blood circulation to revitalise the body.

 

Dang Shen also possesses other health benefits such as:

  • Stimulates appetite
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Stimulates the central nervous system and increases endurance
  • Boosts immunity by increasing white blood cells, activating macrophages and other key components of the immune system
  • Treatment of chronic upper respiratory tract infection
  • Reduces fatigue and increases white blood count in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy

However, if Dang Shen is used excessively, it may interfere with blood clotting and is best to be avoided prior to surgery.

Angelica Sinensis or Dang Gui is a perennial fragrant plant of the Apiaceae family which is indigenous to China. The stem can grow to three metres tall and has a purplish hue.

Its root is widely used in TCM to treat gynaecological symptoms, giving rise to its reputation as ‘female Ginseng’. Dang Gui is also found to have oestrogen-like property that nourishes the uterus and helps regulate female hormones. It is one of the essential herbal items often prescribed by TCM physicians to treat pre-menstrual as well as menopausal symptoms.

Dang Gui possesses other health benefits such as:

  • Relieves constipation
  • Helps correct mild cases of anaemia
  • Counters chronic fatigue syndrome