How to decoct Chinese herbal tea:
Our TCM doctors will check into details about the individual conditions of a patient. Based upon the syndrome identification and treatment determination, such as yin, yang, heat, cold, exterior, interior, deficiency, excess, etc., a corresponding and different herbal formula made of various kinds of herbs will be given. The patient then decocts this formula to drink.
The decocting process is as follows. Cook one dosage per day. Every dosage needs to be decocted 2 times. The concrete steps are that first, put the herbs in a jar or a mug with about 500ml water. Soak the herbs for 20 minutes. Heat the water to the boiling point with strong fire, then make the fire to be mild and decoct (i.e., simmer) the herbs for about 40 minutes.
When the herbs are boiling, please stir the herbs and water with a stick or a scoop so that to upturn the powders in the bottom. This is very important. When the decoction is lukewarm, please filter the decoction with the gauze. In this way, about 200ml pure decoction will be got. Please take it in the morning. All of these can begin at 8:00am. About 4-6 hours later, please repeat the above procedure in the afternoon to get another 200ml. But in this time, it is unnecessary to soak the herbs, and only need to decoct 30 minutes after heating the water to the boiling point. Please take it as soon as possible when it is lukewarm. The herbs can be thrown away after the second decoction.
During the period of using medicine, please take care of the following things. Have more nutritious foods; have a due consideration to good rest; take less pungent or greasy foods; relax the mind.
Video for how to cook Chinese herbal medicine, i.e., herbal tea on youtube or on youku.