The "First Herb"Tea 

Updated: Apr 15, 2018

An amazing tea that combines two herbs that have been used for over 2000 years in China to help improve energy and general health.

Awarded the title as "The First Herb of Invigorating Qi and Strengthening Spleen", no doubt Bai Zhu (Atractylodes Macrocephala) lives up to that reputation thanks for its consistent performance. As one of eight well-known medicinal specialties in Zhejiang province, this Chinese herb is produced mainly in Shao Xing.

Given its special effect in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is treated as an equal to Ren Shen (Ginseng). Thus an old saying goes: “Ren Shen in the north and Bai Zhu in the south.” It is a fundamental formula for deficiency of spleen and stomach Qi, which is the inspiration source of numerous other formulas aiming to tonify spleen and benefit vital energy.

Astragalus root, also called Huang Qi (literally yellow senior) in it's Chinese name, is a common herb that is frequently used in traditional Chinese medicine. In addition to its extensive medicinal uses, this herb is also one important ingredient in many popular Cantonese soup recipes for the purpose of tonifying. As one of the 50 fundamental Chinese herbs that are frequently used in TCM, astragalus actually has been used as an essential tonic for more than 2,000 years.

In accordance with Chinese Pharmacopoeia, this herb is sweet in flavor and warm in medicinal properties and goes to two meridians of lung and spleen. Prime functions have invigorating qi for strengthening superficies, promoting diuresis to push toxic, draining pus, and healing boils to promote tissue regeneration.


  • Astragalus (huang qi)

  • Atractylodes Rhizoma (bai zhu)

  • Indian Bread (fu ling)

  • Processed licorice (gan cao)

1.    Rinse herbs and put in a pot with 4 cups of water.

2.    Bring to boil, then reduce to medium and simmer for 40 minutes until reduced to one cup of water remaining.

Strain and drink tea while hot.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.

These articles are not intented to diagnose, treat or cure any conditions, excerpts from the Original article by Nourishu and the Art of Herbal Remedies

25 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All