【Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medicinal Wine】
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a traditional medical system that is an important part of Chinese culture and widely spread and applied in East Asia. TCM is a medical system that emphasizes holistic observation and personalized treatment. It emphasizes balance and harmony, not only focusing on the symptoms of diseases but also paying attention to the overall condition of patients. TCM includes natural materials such as herbs, animal tissues, and minerals, which can be used alone or in combination to treat various diseases.
Medicinal wine is a drink made by mixing herbs, fruits, honey, alcohol, and other materials. It is widely used in TCM treatment. The history of medicinal wine can be traced back to ancient China. The technology of making and applying medicinal wine has developed differently in different historical periods and regions.
The application of medicinal wine in TCM treatment is mainly to deliver herbs and other natural materials into the body through oral administration to achieve therapeutic and regulatory effects. Medicinal wine not only improves the taste and increases appetite but also promotes drug absorption and enhances treatment efficacy. At the same time, medicinal wine can also be tailored according to different diseases and the physical condition of patients to achieve the best therapeutic effect.
It should be noted that although medicinal wine has extensive applications in TCM treatment, its use should also be moderate and not abused. Especially for people who drink excessively or are allergic to alcohol, the use of medicinal wine may have negative health effects. Therefore, when using medicinal wine for treatment, it is recommended to do so under the guidance of a TCM doctor to ensure safety and effectiveness.
【Effects of Medicinal Wine】
The effectiveness of medicinal wine varies depending on the different herbs and other natural materials used in its preparation, and the specific effects also need to be determined according to the formula and purpose of the medicinal wine. Here are some general effects that medicinal wine may have:
- Regulating Qi and blood: Medicinal wine can regulate blood circulation and improve the body’s condition by preparing herbs with blood circulation-promoting and meridian-warming effects, especially for some chronic disease patients.
- Relieving pain: Medicinal wine contains herbs with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and haemostatic effects, which can relieve pain and reduce symptoms.
- Boosting immunity: Medicinal wine contains some herbs with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral effects, which can enhance the body’s immunity and resistance.
- Regulating the digestive system: Medicinal wine contains some herbs with the effects of moistening intestines, promoting bowel movements, and regulating digestion, which can relieve gastrointestinal discomfort and improve digestive function.
It should be noted that although medicinal wine has certain efficacy, its use needs to be determined according to the specific condition and health status, and it is recommended to use under the guidance of a TCM doctor to ensure safety and efficacy.
【Herbs commonly used in Homemade Medicinal Wine】
The types and quantities of medicinal herbs used in the production of homemade medicinal wine depend on the purpose of the wine and personal needs. Here are some commonly used medicinal herbs:
- Danggui: Promotes blood circulation, relieves pain and cramps, and is particularly effective for women’s health issues.
- Ginseng: Boosts energy, strengthens the immune system, and can help alleviate fatigue and improve mental clarity.
- Gancao: Balances and harmonizes various herbs, and can help increase energy, promote digestion, and relieve spasms.
- Chuanxiong: Promotes blood circulation, relieves pain and cramps, and is particularly effective for menstrual pain.
- Red dates: Nourishes and strengthens the body, and can help improve digestion, promote spleen and stomach health, and calm the mind.
- Rice wine: The base alcohol for medicinal wine, it can help nourish yin and blood, strengthen the immune system, and improve digestion.
It should be noted that the production of medicinal wine requires strict selection and quality control of the herbs to ensure safety and efficacy, and the herbs need to be prepared according to a certain ratio and method to ensure that the active ingredients are fully released. When making medicinal wine, it is important to follow TCM principles and methods, and develop a recipe that is suitable for individual needs and constitution.
【Manufacturing Instructions for Homemade Medicinal Wine】
Here are the steps for making homemade medicinal wine:
High-quality medicinal herbs and rice wine.
- Large bottle or jar
- Strainer or cloth bag。
- Clean bottles or wine bottles.
- Prepare the necessary medicinal herbs and choose the appropriate combination of herbs based on the desired effect and the nature of the herbs. Generally, it is recommended to choose 4-6 types of herbs, and the amount of each herb should not exceed one-third of the total weight of the herbs.
- Clean the medicinal herbs and dry them or slightly sun-dry them.
- Heat the rice wine to 80°C, add the medicinal herbs, and stir well.
- Pour the medicinal wine into a large bottle or jar and cover the lid.
- Place the bottle or jar in a cool and dry place, and shake it every few days to evenly distribute the active ingredients of the herbs.
- Generally, the medicinal wine needs to be stored for at least one month, and longer storage time can make the medicinal properties of the wine better.
- After the storage time is up, filter the medicinal wine using a strainer or cloth bag to remove the herb residue.
- Pour the medicinal wine into clean bottles or wine bottles and store them in a cool place.
It should be noted that the production of medicinal wine requires the selection and proportion control of the herbs to ensure effectiveness and safe for consumption. The use of medicinal wine requires guidance from a traditional Chinese physician and should not be used without supervision.
【Classification and Selection of Medicinal Wine】
Medicinal wine can be divided into many different types according to the properties and effectiveness of medicinal materials.
The following are some common types：
- Tonifying type medicated wine: suitable for people with physical weakness, fatigue, anaemia and other symptoms. Commonly used herbs include Astragalus, Codonopsis, Angelica, and Goji berry.
- Digestive type medicated wine: suitable for people with indigestion, loss of appetite, weak spleen and stomach, and other symptoms. Commonly used herbs include Hawthorn fruit, Fructus Amomi, Tangerine peel, and White Atractylodes.
- Sedative type medicated wine: suitable for people with insomnia, dreaminess, palpitation, and other symptoms. Commonly used herbs include Polygonatum, Sour Jujube Seed, Poria, and Schisandra fruit.
- Wind-dispelling and heat-clearing type medicated wine: suitable for people with cold, fever, and other symptoms. Commonly used herbs include Mentha, Schizonepeta, Cinnamon twig, and Chuanxiong.
- Diuresis and dampness-removing type medicated wine: suitable for people with dampness-heat constitution, edema and other symptoms. Commonly used herbs include Poria, Semen Plantaginis, Dianthus superbus, and Acorus tatarinowii.
When choosing the herbs, it is necessary to match them according to personal constitution and needs. Meanwhile, it is also important to pay attention to the properties and effects of different herbs to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the medicated wine. Additionally, the alcohol content of medicated wine is relatively high. Therefore, people who are allergic to alcohol or have liver disease need to choose carefully or avoid using it. It is recommended to consult a TCM doctor’s advice before using medicated wine.
【Consumption of Medicinal Wine】
The scientific drinking method of medicated wine includes the following points:
- The amount of intake should be moderate: The amount of medicated wine intake should be moderate, not too much or too little. Generally, the intake should not exceed 30 millilitres per time, and should not exceed 3 times a day.
- The timing of intake should be appropriate: The timing of medicated wine intake is also critical. Usually, it is best to take the medicated wine within half an hour before or after meals to avoid affecting postprandial digestion and absorption.
- The storage method should be correct: When storing medicated wine, it should be avoided from direct sunlight, high temperature, and humidity. It is best to store it in a cool and dry place to ensure that its efficacy is not affected.
- Do not mix with other drugs: Medicinal wine contains multiple herbal ingredients, so it should not be mixed with other drugs to avoid affecting its efficacy.
- Gentle intake: The taste of medicated wine may be bitter, but it should not be too strong when drinking. It is recommended to pour the medicated wine into a cup and slowly savour it, not drink it all at once.
- Individual differences: Everyone’s physical condition and illness are different, so the way of taking medicated wine should also vary from person to person. When choosing medicated wine and intake methods, it is best to consult the advice of a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner to ensure its safety and effectiveness.
In summary, although medicated wine has certain health benefits, it is still necessary to pay attention to the amount of intake, timing of intake, storage method, etc., to ensure the efficacy and safety of the drinkers.