Updated: Apr 15, 2018
Well, everybody knows what wine is, but have you ever heard about goji wine? Yes, there is goji wine in the world. If you find you have overstocked your drinks cabinet this holiday season, why not try a therapeutic drink?
While large amounts of alcohol are considered toxic to both body and mind, the use of small amounts does have its place in TCM. The word ”yi” meaning medicine contains a pictogram for wine.
The pretreatment of herbs with wine, extraction of herbs with liquor, and consumption of alcohol with a herbal pill have always been a part of TCM. Some form of alcohol was first used as medicine for external injuries, and is still used today. Herbal wine infusions in compresses are placed on sore spots to improve circulation; the wine is a solvent for the herbs and penetrates the skin.
Wine is mentioned in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine for the treatment of meridian blockage, sudden fainting and ear problems, such as tinnitus. Wine is hot in nature, harmonizes blood and qi, opens meridians, is a tonic for yang, and expels cold. THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Promote both yin and yang energy. Benefit kidney, treat frequent urination and impotent.
Goji-berry/Chinese wolf berries – 250 gm
White wine – 500 gm
1. Boil about 4 cups of water and let cool.
2. Use that water to soak and rinse goji-berries for a few times and strain.
3. Put goji-berries in a glass bottle and put in wine. Cover lid tightly.
4. Shake the bottle once a day to mix the content. 5. The wine is ready in 7 days. Take about 20 gm before bed time.
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These articles are not intented to diagnose, treat or cure any conditions. Excerpts from the original article in Chinese Medicinal Wines & Elixirs.