Chinese Herb Cooking Instructions
Preparing Raw Herb Formulas
You will need:
- a stainless steel or ceramic cooking pot
- your herbal prescription
- mason jar or similar container
Place raw herbs into cooking pot. Cover herbs with water, approximately one inch of water above the level of herbs. Allow herbs to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes, but you may allow them to soak overnight. Bring water to a boil and then turn back down to a light rolling boil. Cant the lid of the pot to maintain a light rolling boil. Allow herbs to cook for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat, pour liquid through strainer into storage container. The liquid is what you will drink. This is the first boil. Now return the boiled herbs to the stove, cover again with water. Bring to a boil and repeat the process, this time cooking for 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat, and strain the liquid from the second boiling into the same storage container so first and second boilings are combined.
Special Preparation Herbs
*Short Boil 5 minutes - add special prep herbs to decoction during the last 5 minutes of the second boil.
*Dissolve - dissolve powdered herb into strained decoction
The amount of liquid will vary depending on how much water you add and the length of cooking time. If you want to drink a smaller volume of herbal decoction, you can begin with less water or allow to cook down longer. Generally the dose is intended to be 4-8 oz taken twice a day.
If you are prescribed 1 bag per day, aim for a total volume of 8-16 oz for a total of 2 doses.
If your prescribed dose is 1 bag of herbs for 2 days, aim for a total volume of 16-32 oz which would give you 4 doses.
You may cook multiple bags of herbs at the same time, and keep the decoction in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Keep the herbal decoction stored in the refrigerator, and drink herbs warm-hot, twice a day. Herbs can be taken any time of day, though morning and mid-day, or morning and evening are best. They can be taken with or without food. The most important thing is to take the prescribed dose per day, however it happens.