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Bamboo shell tea/cucurbit tea/Zhu Ke Cha/ Hu Lu Cha
A combination of traditional plant medicine herbs to support healthy digestion, wrapped in a bamboo leaf.
From the manufacturer:
Bamboo shell tea (formerly known as gourd tea), bamboo shell tea produced by Guangdong Zijin. The whole piece of bamboo sheath (bamboo shell) is wrapped into five lianzhu gourds, and the bottom is affixed with a red paper label. In the past, it was hung and sold in Guangzhou Chinese medicine stores. It is quite eye-catching and one of the folk herbal teas in Guangdong. In recent years, because of low profits and "old-fashioned" appearance, it has been difficult to find it in Guangzhou. But it is a real product.
Bamboo shell tea contains Chinese herbal medicines such as duck's foot knobs, gourd tea, chicken bone grass, honeysuckle [anti-biotic], plantain, Jinbuhuan, Jiu Bing [anti-parasite], etc. It is said that [this tea has been used for 400 years]. [Canton love-pes vine (aka chicken bone grass, Abrus Frutus Losus herb,) improves liver function, clears dampness, reduces bloating, improves general wellbeing. (timeout.com) ]
Effects: The tea is used to relieve heat [inflammation, fever, etc] Tea Gong is good at clearing heat, eliminating dampness and stagnation, and is used to treat symptoms such as heat, cold and food stagnation, damp heat of the large intestine.
For a family of three or four, take two tea pills at a time, add water and boil for 5 minutes before drinking. The soup tastes bitter, sweet, mellow, and pleasant. It can [be used topically] with decoction to clear heat [skin redness] and relieve itching. The main raw material of bamboo shell tea is gourd tea. Gourd tea is a herbaceous plant, the shape of the leaves is like an inverted gourd; the leaves are picked and dried into tea. The taste is slightly bitter, astringent, and cool.
It has the effects of clearing the lungs and throat, clearing heat and dampness, eliminating stagnation and [treating infections], and can cure sore throat, lung dryness, cough, sputum and blood, damp-heat diarrhea, heat-damp syndrome, malnutrition in children, and indigestion. It is often mixed with other medicines to make herbal tea for clearing heat and dissipating stagnation. It can also be used as a single prescription of 100 to 150 grams of decoction for tea. Insect health care: The whole plant of gourd tea can be antiseptic and insecticidal.
The "Lingnan Collection of Medicines" records: "Dry it in the suitcase to remove moths." The Guangdong folk use it to pickle salted fish and meat to prevent fly maggots. Bamboo shell tea has now been made into new dosage forms such as pouches and granules. The former was renamed "health tea" and joined the ranks of modern Guangdong folk herbal teas.