Sunday, May 8, 2016

山药 Dioscorea batatas Chinese Yam

Medicinal Uses

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Anthelmintic; Antidote; Contraceptive; Digestive; Miscellany.

The Chinese yam, called Shan Yao in Chinese herbalism, is a sweet soothing herb that stimulates the stomach and spleen and has a tonic effect on the lungs and kidneys[238]. 

The tuber contains allantoin, a cell-proliferant that speeds the healing process[238]. 

The root is an ingredient of "The herb of eight ingredients", traditionally prescribed in Chinese herbalism to treat hyperthyroidism, nephritis and diabetes[254]. 

The tuber is anthelmintic, digestive and gently tonic[116, 147, 218, 254]. 

It is used internally in the treatment of tiredness, weight loss, poor appetite, poor digestion, chronic diarrhoea, asthma, dry coughs, frequent or uncontrollable urination, diabetes and emotional instability[238]. 

It is applied externally to ulcers, boils and abscesses[218, 238]. 

The tubers are harvested in the autumn and can be used raw or baked[238]. 

The leaf juice is used to treat snakebites and scorpion stings[218]. 

The roots of most, if not all, members of this genus, contains diosgenin[222, 240]. This is widely used in modern medicine in order to manufacture progesterone and other steroid drugs. 

These are used as contraceptives and in the treatment of various disorders of the genitary organs as well as in a host of other diseases such as asthma and arthritis[222].

I chanced upon this nutritious recipe:

Ingredients are freshly made soya bean milk; rice; glutinous rice; chinese yam paste; rock sugar; water; and decorated as shown with rose flower's petals!

For Diabetics:
I would suggest we omit the rock sugar & reduce the quantity of rice, glutinous rice & chinese yam!

I like freshly made soya bean milk!!!

AND, this will be good for GM Lu too, as it will help repair worn or "Tired" organs!

I sincerely wish that someone that truly love GM Lu can help him recover faster with the appropriate nourishment!

SHIZUN, please get well soon!

Cheers all

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

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