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18Jan/10Off

Single-herb formula for Athlete’s Foot, Part 2

(cont'd from Part 1)

This is another single-herb formula to heal athlete's foot.

MI TUO MENG (Galena)

Ingredient:

10-15 grams of Mi Tuo Seng (buy it powdered)

Description:

This single-herb raw formula is best for Athlete's Foot. It absorbs fluid, drains sores, ulcers, and damp skin eruptions, reduces swelling, and eliminates leukoderma. (deficiency of pigmentation in the skin, especially in patches)

Analysis:

Mi Tou Seng drains pus and eliminates ulcers and different forms of leukoderma.

Preparation:

It can be used topically as powder. It can also be sprinkled on the infected area, or mixed with water to make a paste and apply to the infected area. Use as needed until the infection is clear.

Note:

This formula is for EXTERNAL use, do not use it internally!

(source: Chinese Herbal Medicine Made Easy, by Thomas Richard Joiner)

17Jan/10Off

Single-herb formula for Athlete’s Foot, Part 1

Athlete's Foot is caused by a fungal infection called tinea pedia. It's often contracted by walking barefoot in public showers and locker rooms. It's usually treated with topical salves, creams, lotions or by bathing the feet in antifungal washes.

Chinese herbalogy takes a different approach somehow in order to treat athlete's foot. There are pills for elimination and also for preventing initial infection if taken in advance.

There are two single-herb formula for athlete's foot. I'll list the first one now and the second one in the next post.

PENG SHA (Borax, Mineral Salt)

Ingredient:

10-15 grams of Peng Sha (buy it powdered)

Description:

This single-herb raw formula is used directly on the infected area to destroy the bacterial fungus found. It prevents putrefaction, detoxifies poison, kills bacteria and reduces swelling.

Analysis:

It clears pathogens, toxins and fungi from our body.

Preparation:

This powder can be sprinkled between the toes and on the infected area, or mixed with water to make a paste and apply to the infected area. Use as needed until the infection is clear.

Note:

This formula is for EXTERNAL use, do not use it internally!

(to be cont'd)

(source: Chinese Herbal Medicine Made Easy, by Thomas Richard Joiner)

18Aug/09Off

Chinese herbal concoction: Hui Sup Liu

Last post we started to talk about some herbal concoction, or herbal soup that's very important in maintaining good health for Chinese, especially Cantonese. While Ching Bo Leung is for anyone in any condition, there are other very common soups for specific needs. Like the following soup is about taking away the excess "dampness" in our body. Where does the dampness come from? One of the reasons is that when summer is hot, people like to have ice-cream or cold drinks that would affect the function of spleen and stomach. In Chinese theory, spleen governs transportation and transformation of "nutrients". When spleen is not fully functional because of the excess "coldness", the excess water in the body can't be cleared out. Besides in South China most areas are humid during summer, so our body is holds and absorbs dampness "from inside to outside."

HUI SUP LIU (or Qu Shi Liao in Mandarin) 去濕料

This soup regulates the electrolyte and water balance inside our body. This is specifically appropriate in hot humid weather. Ed俄ma, fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) and red, puffy eyes are symptoms associated with a "wet" condition which would benefit from this "Dampness-chasing" or "dewetting"  soup. This is also a soup with premixed packets that are easy to find in Asian grocery or supermarkets.

Ingredients: (Usually it's easier to buy the premixed packets, but if you do want to prepare, Chinese translations are here for you to print out as well.)

20g Job's tears barley (苡米七錢)

30g adzuki beans (赤小豆一兩)

30g hyacinth (lablab) beans (扁豆一兩)

30g tree cotton flowers (木棉花一兩)

1 lotus seed pod (蓮房一個)

(Winter melon) (冬瓜)

(Some Pork)

Directions:

- If using the melon, wash it first but don't peel or remove the seeds: chop coarsely, and add into the soup pot, combine everything.

- Add about 8 cups of water, or enough to cover the ingredients by 3 times of the volume

- Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer partially covered until barley is cooked and liquid is reduced, for at least 1 hour, 2-3 hours if you're using meat.

- Season with salt and serve. (The melon, pork, beans and barley are edible, but not the kapok flower or lotus pod.)

(sources: Streetwise Guide: Chinese Herbal Medicine by Wong Kang Ying and Martha Dahle, photos by Christina @ forum.uhk.com,)