The alternate name for this herb in English says it all: ‘self-heal’ or ‘heal-all’. Prunella (Chinese pinyin name: xia ku cao) is used classically in traditional Chinese medicine to help the Liver function more smoothly and to break up masses and lumps. Having a bitter, acrid flavor, it also is used to address eyeball pain and tearing of the eyes as well as aversion to light. Prunella helps relieve sinew and bone pain, pulmonary tuberculosis, acute icteric (jaundice) infectious hepatitis, and uterine bleeding.

The alternate name for this herb in English says it all: ‘self-heal’ or ‘heal-all’. Prunella (Chinese pinyin name: xia ku cao) is used classically in traditional Chinese medicine to help the Liver function more smoothly and to break up masses and lumps. Having a bitter, acrid flavor, it also is used to address eyeball pain and tearing of the eyes as well as aversion to light. Prunella helps relieve sinew and bone pain, pulmonary tuberculosis, acute icteric (jaundice) infectious hepatitis, and uterine bleeding.

Yields1 Serving
 2 quarts water
 2 ounces prunella (available at most Chinese herb stores or Asian markets with a Chinese pharmacy counter)
1

Place the water in a pot and add the prunella.

2

Bring the mixture to a boil.

3

Let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.

4

Drink the hot tea once or twice per day as part of a self-healing regimen.

CategoryCooking Method

Ingredients

 2 quarts water
 2 ounces prunella (available at most Chinese herb stores or Asian markets with a Chinese pharmacy counter)

Directions

1

Place the water in a pot and add the prunella.

2

Bring the mixture to a boil.

3

Let it simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes.

4

Drink the hot tea once or twice per day as part of a self-healing regimen.

PRUNELLA TEA

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