Updated: Apr 15, 2018
We are more accustomed to using mistletoe for decorating the Christmas tree or making them into a mistletoe wreath for hanging in the doorway, but in ancient times it was once considered a magic herb that could protect the home from evil spirits, simply by hanging mistletoe on the wall. Today it is not only a popular Christmas decoration, but also a promising medicinal plant for lowering blood pressure and treatment of common illnesses seen in senior citizens or even cancer.
Mistletoe, also known as Hu Ji Sheng in Pinyin, is used differently under different cultural backgrounds. In the eastern culture, especially in China, it is often viewed as a healing herb that can treat lower back pain, soreness and weakness around the knee, arthritis pain, excessive fetal movement, threatened miscarriage, high blood pressure and for combating heavy menstrual flow.
When used as medicine, it mainly refers to the dried leaves and young twigs of Viscum album subspeces of Coloratum Kom. This is a member in the family Santalaceae and native to southern Asia, western Asia, and Europe. However, it is often viewed as another distinct species of Viscum coloratum (Kom) Nakai by the Flora of China. Hence, other names of it include mistletoe, common mistletoe, mistle (Old English), European mistletoe, and more.
It is usually harvested during winter and the following spring. After that, it needs removed the thick stem, cut into segments, and then dried or dried after steamed.
The Chinese Materia Medica comes to a conclusion that it is bitter and sweet in flavor and neutral in nature. Primary functions are tonifying liver and kidney, strengthening the bones and muscles, expelling wind-damp, and miscarriage prevention and bleeding in pregnancy. It can be used in many forms including pills and powder or even soaked in wine or with fresh juice.
Mistletoe and Gelatin Drink
Recommended for heavy menstrual flow or more frequent menstrual period.
Enrich blood and stop bleeding, nourish blood, regulate menstruation.
· Mistletoe/ Ramulus Taxilli (sang ji sheng)
· Donkey hide gelatin (e jiao)
· Dried longyan (long yan rou)
· Chinese red dates (da zao)
1. Rinse herbs. Put mistletoe, longyan and red dates in 4 cups of water and cook over medium heat to get one cup of tea.
2. Stain to discard herbs. Reheat tea, add gelatin and stir until it is all dissolved.
3. Serve warm.
Take once a day for 3 days to see result. Continue for 2 more days for more improvement.
This recipe is only intended as information, please consult a specialist in Chinese Herbal Medicine when taken Hu Ji Sheng or any herbal remedies.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. She would be happy to help personalise a treatment plan for your condition, to read more about Eca click here.
This recipe is intended only for information, please consult a specialist in Chinese Herbal Medicine before using Hu Ji Sheng or any herbal remedies.
Excerpts from the Original articles, Art of Herbal Remedies Revealed and Nourishu.