Dried Ginger (Gan Jiang) – Dried ginger root has long been hailed as an important tonic for a stagnant stomach. In addition, it is good at alleviating symptoms of lethargy, nausea and mental alertness.
Palm Coconut (Ye Zi) – Besides aiding in digestion, coconuts contain a ton of calcium, potassium, and magnesium, as well as plenty of electrolytes to help rehydrate the body.
Dried Asian Pear (Ya Li) – The health benefits of Asian pears are plentiful. They can increase the body’s yin fluid and clear heat, cooling the body. These effects particularly relate to the lung and stomach organs and meridians.
Bitter Almonds (Bei Xing Ren) – These aren’t true almonds, but the kernels of several varieties of apricot that are grown specifically for their seeds. They cannot be eaten raw but are used specifically in Chinese medicine and, after boiled, release biochemicals that clear and nourish the lungs and intestines.
Sweet Almonds (Nan Xing Ren) – Sweet almonds are larger and functionally quite similar to the western almonds we commonly find in markets. Sweet almonds are tastier, and can help brighten and moisturize the skin and hair.
Solomon’s Seal (Yu Zhu) – Solomon’s seal contains Vitamin A and is believed to be moisturizing, therefore an excellent Chinese herb for use in weather where skin tends to become very dry.
Dried Honey Dates (Mut Cho) – Also known as golden-thread amber honey dates, they are larger and sweeter (as sweet as honey) than dried red dates and are high in iron and considered “cooling”.