Our physicians share with us their favourite TCM tea, which you prepare at home for your and your family. These TCM teas can relax your mind and energise your body by nourishing Qi and improving digestion during this circuit breaker period.
Physician Chen Fang
Favourite TCM tea: Ginger Tea 姜茶
Ingredients and benefits: “I put a tablespoon of ginger powder into a tea pack and steep in my thermo flask. Ginger has a warming property and helps to keep me warm in the cold clinic. I use it if I have any digestion issues too.”
Physician Ho Chin Ee
Favourite TCM tea: Dendrodrium Nobile and Chrysanthemum Tea 石斛菊花茶
Ingredients and benefits: “Pack the ingredients into a tea bag and steep it in a thermal bottle with hot water.
I do extensive reading on gadgets, which causes a lot of dryness and discomfort to my eyes. This helps to soothe the eyes and is fairly tasty (for TCM tea that is). If you happen to pack the chrysanthemum flower separately from the dendrodrium nobile, you can even cool it in the fridge after use and do an “eye mask” at night!”
Physician Ho Wee Kok
Favourite TCM tea: American Ginseng Water 西洋参茶
Ingredients and benefits: “Add a few slices of raw American Ginseng into a thermal flask with hot water. You may mix with a few slices of ginger to neutralize the cooling characteristic of American Ginseng.
It can help you to keep fresher during the daytime, as the American Ginseng can enrich the Qi as well as nourish the Yin.
Note: This tea may not be suitable for women trying to conceive as American Ginseng may interfere with ovulation by creating a functional cyst.”
Physician Huan Chew Ting
Favourite TCM tea: Ginseng Chrysanthemum Wolfberries Tea 人参菊花枸杞茶
Ingredients and benefits: “Mix hot water with 1 small piece of ginseng, 4 to 5 pieces of chrysanthemum and wolfberries then steep in the thermal bottle for 10-15min. These three herbs can strengthen the Qi and Yin, improve vision and calm the nerves.”
Physician Jun Negoro
Favourite TCM tea: Sesame Latte 黑芝麻拿铁
Ingredients and benefits: “Mix 1 tablespoon of grounded black sesame and marine collagen and some honey to hot soymilk.
I love to have this nutty flavoured drink for breakfast. Black sesame can nourish the Kidney and Liver Yin and Blood for healthy hair and skin.
Note: Sesame seeds have a natural lubricating effect. Hence it is also good for those with constipation. Those who tend to get loose stools should refrain from taking too much daily.”
Physician Lai Ming Woan
Favourite TCM tea: White Fungus and Lily Bulb Dessert 银耳百合汤
Ingredients and benefits: “Ingredients include White Fungus, Lily Bulb, Lotus Seed, Wolfberry, Rock Sugar.
First, soak white fungus until it become soft. Next, boil the softened white fungus with a pot of water. After it boils, add in the lily bulb and lotus seed. Finally, add wolfberry and rock sugar before turning off the fire.
It keeps me cool in hot weather, provides moisture to my throat. It also helps to alleviate anxiety and helps to sleep better.”