Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DIY Weight-Loss Cooling Herbal Tea (TCM)


People around the globe, especially women, have been fighting with the problem of obesity for decades or even centuries. I believe the best way to slim down is through the natural way - exercise and eat natural slimming foods, such as Chinese Medicinal Herbs, which naturally helps to lower cholesterol level, increase the level of energy, boost metabolism, reduce one's appetite, strengthen the immune system and improve various other functions of the organism.

陈皮 Chen Pi - also known as Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae in English (aka dried tangerine peel) is the dried pericarp of the ripe fruit of Citrus reticulata Balanco or its cultivars (Fam. Rutaceae). A fattening, fat-rich diet and/or a medium-to-high intake of alcohol cause dampness all over the body. Chen Pi being bitter in flavour and warm in nature, is useful in leaching out dampness. Weakness of the spleen qi may be a cause of cholesterol problem. Chen Pi being pungent and aromatic, can promote circulation of Qi and enliven/strengthen the spleen.

车前草 Che Qian Cao - the dry whole plant of Plantago asiatica Linn. (Plantaginaceae) are commonly used as folk medicine in Taiwan for treating infectious diseases related to the respiratory, urinary and digestive tracts. P. asiatica Linn. is especially effective in clearing 'internal' heat, cooling the blood, diuresis, expectoration and disintoxication. It can lower pressure, GPT (Glutamic Pyrumic Transaminase) and serum cholesterol level, and even has liver-nourishment, anti-cancer and bacteriostatic properties.

Try make yourself a weight-loss herbal tea simply by infusing Chen Pi (3g), Che Qian Cao(5g) and Green Tea Leaves(5g) in a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. Besides helping you to lose some inches, this tea is also refreshing, and helps in clearing/purging heat and inducing diuresis. But take note, do not take more than 3 cups a day, and drink no later than 5pm or earlier if you're sensitive to caffeine.