Traditional Chinese Hangover Cures that are Amazingly Effective

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Chow Restaurant Discusses Traditional Chinese Hangover Cures that are Amazingly Effective

Drinking alcohol within bounds is considered healthy. Yes, healthy! The famous Chinese Dr. Li Shizhen, has even recorded more than sixty-nine different ways of using huangjiu, or ‘yellow wine’, to treat a variety of ailments. From poets like the legendary Li Bai, to a new style of martial arts, a great many things are inspired by the love of alcohol. But often it is rather difficult to consume in moderation, and it is easy to overindulge, especially if you attend any one of Chow’s events. And after such a wild night of drinking and debauchery, when symptoms like throbbing headaches, nausea and a profound sense of unease, collectively known as a hangover, converge on us, the following traditional Chinese cures will help immensely in alleviating specific problems.

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Chinese Herbs

Suanzaoren is a magic herb that can be obtained from a Chinese herbalist or grown at home. It has an extremely bitter and an alarmingly sour taste. When the herb is crushed, mixed with a good amount of water and boiled in a non-reactive saucepan, the ensuing liquid is converted into a powerful medicine. Since it has an overwhelmingly pungent taste, it helps if it is consumed with a little sugar or honey.

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Ge Gen or the root of the kudzu vine can quickly conquer headaches, nausea and any unpleasantness related to a hangover. As little as ten grams of the root are to be boiled with water and topped with rock-salt. The mix is then allowed to simmer on a low flame until half the water has evaporated. The thick and viscous remains are poured into a glass for drinking.

Alcohol is a diuretic and can cause dehydration. Your body may lose electrolytes and this causes cramps and shooting pains. It is therefore important to hydrate oneself by drinking water and fruit juice. The fluids from the fruit juice and water will replenish the electrolytic levels in your body and immediately eliminate any aches and pains.

Green tea is a boundless source of phytochemicals. It is said one cup of green tea has a great number of flavonoids and catechins, that are effective in combating diseases and increasing bodily immunity and strength. The consumption of green tea cures hangovers and generates a feeling of warmth and well-being.

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The herbal Huo Xiang Zheng Qi pills are available in Chinese grocery stores across Singapore. With ingredients directly picked from the ancient Guang Ci soup, the medicinal pill is effective in improving the stomach functions, regulating the qi and eliminating headaches. It is however suggested to refer to a doctor before consuming the pill directly, especially if you suffer from heart related disorders or if you are pregnant.

Carbs in crackers can help bring your blood sugar levels back up the morning after. Normally when the blood sugar levels in the body dip below a certain point, the liver reacts by producing glucose from all the stored carbohydrates. But when you have been drinking too much, your liver stays busy metabolizing the alcohol and cannot handle the extra work. This is why your blood sugar levels stay down, and you feel irritable and worn-down.

Non consumption-based cures

Reflexology and foot massage help in uplifting spirits. These techniques can be help relieve you from ailments such as headaches and nausea. The treatment lasts for less than an hour. Acupuncture is another great method, and if it is effectively administered, it can do wonders in the first sitting itself.

These Chinese cures work best if a holistic approach is undertaken. But we still insist, prevention is better than cure, even Chinese cures, and moderating your drink is the way to go. Look at it this way – when you have a little, you savour it better and you take home, not hangovers, but delightful experiences. How about a night of poetry with us?


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