Updated: Apr 15, 2018
As one of the typical Chinese healing herbs, Eucommia bark, also called Du Zhong in its Chinese name, has long been used in TCM clinical practice. All parts, especially the root and leaf, of the Eucommia herb are valuable. Thanks to its enormous health benefits, today its a ready-made product. Eucommia bark tea, capsules, extract, and powder, are widely used for nourishing liver and kidney, strengthening muscles and bones, lowering high blood pressure and to strengthen erections.
Eucommia bark actually refers to the dried bark of Eucommia ulmoides Oliv, a plant in the family Eucommiaceae. Its common names include rubber tree bark and cortex eucommiae. For the best medicinal value, Eucommia stem bark is usually harvested from April to June. After peeling, it needs the tertia scraped off, then they are stack together and sweated untill their endothelium become purple-brown, and then they are dried in the sun.
Eucommia is a rare tree species surviving from ancient age, with only 14 species in the entire genus Eucommia having been found all over the world. Unfortunately they have become extinct one after another on the mainland and Europe. And currently the species in China is the only relict plant that survived. As a result, Eucommia ulmoides has not only a high economic value, but also a very important scientific value as its used for research into the system evolution of angiosperms and the flora origin in China.
This ancient formula will help to Invigorate the liver and kidney, and is known for its yang effect to strengthen erections.
Eucommia bark (du-zhong)
1. Grind eucommia bark into powder. Crush walnuts into small pieces and mix with the powder.
2. Add two spoons of water to the mixture and steam until cooked.
3. Add rice wine, mix and steam for a few more minutes.
4. Season with brown sugar to serve.
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