This article was first published in “Family Doctor”
In March, it is warm and cold, and the rain is gradually increasing.
The humidity is coming!
Weakness, drowsiness, lack of energy and loose stools all day long are all signs of heavy humidity. As the saying goes, “Thousands of colds are easy to get rid of, but wetness is hard to get rid of. The wetness is sticky and turbid, like oil into the noodles.” Therefore, Chinese medicine believes that if the moisture is not removed, there will be endless troubles!
Climbing the branches and blooming, a good product for removing dampness
Kapok alias has spotted branch flower , Qiongzhi, and Panzhihua are the flowers of the kapok family plant kapok, which are more common in South China and Southwest China. Kapok blooms from March to April, and it is a good product for both medicinal and edible purposes.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that kapok returns to the spleen, liver, and large intestine meridians, is sweet, light, and cool in nature. It can clear heat, reduce dampness, detoxify, and stop bleeding. Gold sores bleeding, sores, eczema, etc.
The medicinal use of kapok was first recorded in “Preparation of Herbal Properties” written by He Kejian, a famous Lingnan doctor in the Qing Dynasty. Ganlu capsules, Mongolian medicines such as Bawei Chenxiang Powder and Jianpi Powder are all used.
In the folk, kapok is very popular. Especially in the hot and humid Lingnan area, people often go to pick up fallen flowers and use them to make “dampness-removing tea” after going home to dry them. In modern times, people use the crude extract of kapok and the crude extract of camellia oil as the main raw materials to develop a herbal shampoo, which has the functions of removing dandruff, relieving itching, clearing heat, expelling wind, and dehumidifying, especially suitable for use in hot summer weather. .
Boiled water, porridge, stewed soup can be used
Kapok tangerine peel porridge: Removing dampness and maintaining health, and also relieving cough
Take 20 fresh kapok, 10 grams of dried tangerine peel, 100 grams of rice, and an appropriate amount of honey. First wash the kapok and dried tangerine peel, add water to decoct, remove the residue and extract the juice, then add it to the washed rice, add water to adjust the amount of water to a suitable amount, then cook the porridge.
Kapok tangerine peel porridge has the effects of cooling blood to stop bleeding, invigorating the spleen and removing dampness, resolving phlegm and relieving cough.
Five flower tea: good for resolving wind, heat, summer dampness
Take 10 grams of kapok, 5 grams of honeysuckle, 10 grams of sophora japonica, 10 grams of frangipani, 5 grams of wild chrysanthemum, wash After brewing, drink as a substitute for tea.
Five flower tea has the functions of clearing away heat and detoxifying, relieving heat and dampness. It can be used to prevent common wind-heat and summer-damp colds in spring and summer. Not suitable for those with Deficiency. In addition, if you sweat a lot in summer and wet days, you can use kapok to boil water to drink. “Fujian Pharmacology” also records the use of kapok and lean meat stew for hematemesis and hemoptysis.
The flower of the hero, once “lighted up” the Han emperor’s court
Kapok also “Hero Flower”.
Some say that there were veterans who died in battle and turned into kapok trees; some say that soldiers died under the kapok trees; some say that the kapok trees are tall and straight, full of flowers and red as red Torch, the flower is thick and heavy, and the whole flower often falls after blooming. The landing makes a sound, does not fade or drifts, and is very heroic and heroic.
Kapok’s “heroic attitude” is also recorded in “Xijing Miscellaneous Notes”.
The book says: “There is a coral tree in the grass pond, which was donated by Zhao Tuo, the king of Nanyue. From the various “rare and rare treasures” in Lingnan, kapok trees are selected for offering. Under the beacon fire at the Han emperor’s court at night, the red and huge kapok is as spectacular as a burning beacon.
The names of coral trees and beacon trees mentioned here are also mentioned in Qu Dajun’s “Ancient Kapok Song of the Nanhai Temple” in the Qing Dynasty: “The ten-zhang coral is kapok, and the flowers are redder than the morning glow. .Tiannan trees are all beacon fires, and they are not as pitiful as Panzhihua.”