Medicated Diets for Prolonging Life
This group of medicated diets are cooked by mixing some Chinese materia medica chosen for improving health, strengthening the body resistence and consolidating the constitution into certain foods. They have the effects of regulating yin and yang, replenishing qi and blood, improving the function of the spleen, tonifying the kidney and nourishing essence, and are capable of lowering cholesterol, maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels, regulating blood pressure, increasing the immunologic function of organism, preverting diseases from occuring and prolonging life. They are applied to people of all ages, especially to those of the middle-age and the old.
(1) Drink of Hawthorn Fruit and Walnut(Shanzha Hetao Rin)
INGREDIENTS - Walnut kernel, semen fuglandis 150g Hawthorn fruit, Fructus Crataegi 50g White sugar 200g
PROCESS - Add a bit of water into the walnut kernel and grind it into a fine mash; put it in a container, add the right amount of cool boiled water to make a thin paste. Remove the stones from the hawthorn fruit, then cut it into slices; add 500ml of water to decoct it for 45mins; filter out the extract, and heat it again over the fire; put in white sugar and keep on stirring to make it dissolved, and then pour the thin paste of the walnut kernel into the extract slowly, stir it while pouring and heat it until it simmers.
DIRECTIONS - Take it as a drink once in the morning and once in the evening; It is fit to be taken hot.
EFFICACY - Replenishing the lung and kidney, moistening dryness of the intestines and promoting digestion.
INDICATIONS - Symptoms such as cough, asthma due to deficiency of the lung, pain in the loins, constipation, indigestion, scanty menstruation and pain in the lower abdomen during menstruation, etc. It can also be used as a health-protecting drink for those who suffer from coronary heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipemia and senile constipation, etc.
(2) Steamed Purplish Black Rick(Zimi Fan)
INGREDIENTS - Purplish black rice 1000g Raisin,Vitis 50g Crystal sugar 50g
PROCESS - Wash the purplish black rice clean and put it in a container;add crystal sugar and raisin.Put the container in a steamer and steam the rice untill it is well done.
EFFICACY - Strengthening the spleen, nourishing the stomach, replenishing the middle-jiao to arrest diarrhea.
INDICATIONS - It is applicable to depression and discomfort in the stomach due to deficiency of the spleen and stomach, diarrhea due to deficiency of the spleen,etc.
(3) Stir-fried Celery with Mushroom(Qincai Chai Xiang gu)
INGREDIENTS - Celery, Herba Apii 400g Water-soaked mushroom,Lentinus Edodes 50g Salt, vinegar, dry starch, dry starch, soy sauce, gourmet powder, rape oil right amount each
PROCESS - Remove the leaves and roots from the celery and wash it clean.Cut it lengthwise and then make it into sections 2cm long; Cut mushrooms into slices; put vinegar, gourmet powder, starch and 50ml of water into the bowl to make its contents a thin paste; when the frying pan is hot, pour 30g of rape oil into the pan, put in the celery and stir-fry it for 2 or 3 mins; then put in the mushroom slices, stir-fry them quickly and mix them thoroughly; add soy sauce and stir-fry them for a while, pour the above thin paste in and stir-fry quickly, and then ladle the dish out for eating.
DIRECTIONS - It can be taken with bread(or cooked rice)
EFFECTIONS - Calming the liver and clearing heat form the liver, replenishing qi and blood.
INDICATIONS - It is applicable to headache, dizziness caused by hyperactivity of the liver-yang and can be used as health-improving food for those who suffer from hypertension, hyperlipemia, arteriosclerosis and neurosism.
(4) Edible Fungus,Tremella and Celery(Shuanger Ting Qin)
INGREDIENTS - Edible fungus, Auricularia Tremella,Tremella Celery, Herba Apii right amount each
PROCESS - Have edilbe fungus and tremella soaked in warm water, washed clean and stripped of stalks;have the tender celery stripped of the leaves, washed clean and ant into sections. Tear the edible fungus and tremella to pieces. Scald them in boiling water separately. Take them out and flavour them with refined salt, gourmet power, cooking wine and sesame oil. Put them on a plate and serve.
EFFICACY - Nourishing yin, moistening the lung, promoting production of the body fluid, removing heat from the blood, refreshing the brain and lowering high blood pressure.
INDICATIONS - It can be used to treat dry cough with little sputum, epistaxis due to dryness of the lung and hypertension.
(5) Steamed Chicken with Gastrodia Tuber
INGREDIENTS - Gastrodia tuber, Rhizoma Gastrodiae 12g Black-bone chicken, Gallus domesticus (processed) 500g
PROCESS - Have the processed chicken cut into cubes and well quick-boiled in boiling water.Put cubes together with gastrodia tuber in a small steamer, add scallion, fresh ginger, Chinese prickly ash, cooking wine and refined salt, and then steam cubes in a steamer until it is well-done.
EFFICACY - Replenishing qi and blood, nourishing the vital essence, and tonifying the liver to improve eyesight.
INDICATIONS - Deility after an illness, giddiness, dimvision, numbness and weakness of hands and feet, etc. For normal people, it can give plenty of fresh energy.
(6) Astragalus Root, Wild Jujube Seed and Prawn(Qi Zao Da Xia)
INGREDIENTS - Prawn,Penaeus Orientalis 500g Astragalus root, Radix Astragali seu Hedysari 30g Wild Jujube seed, Semen Zixiphi Spinosae 30g
PROCESS - Decoct astragalus roots and wild jujube seeds in water to obtain the medicinal liquid; remove the feelers and legs from the prawns, put them in a container, and add the prepared medicinal liquid, salt, cooking wine, scallion and fresh ginger. Put the container in a steamer to steam until the prawns are well done.
EFFICACY - Replenishing the heart, tranquilizing the mind, nourishing kidney and strengthening the spleen.
INDICATION - Impotence, premature emission, insomnia, dreamfulness, palpitation, shortness of breath and lassitude.