Honey used in Chinese Medicine

Honey used in Chinese Medicine

Similar to every other culture, Chinese have been using Honey for the therapeutic purpose since ages.  In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), honey falls in “laxative herb” category; there are some herbs and plants specifically called as laxative substance. Laxative quality in honey helps in the excretion process due to its lubrication property. Honey is neutral in nature, and it also maintains a proper balance between Yin (cold) and Yang (hot) energy in the body.

There is a “five elements” theory in TCM states that taste defines action in the body. The sweet taste of honey helps in detoxification and purification of blood. According to TCM, taste also tells about what specific organ and meridians would be most influenced by the ingredient. Honey focuses on the lungs, intestine, and stomach.  Anti-bacterial and Healing property of honey is also stated in TCM; it suggests that honey is useful for healing open wounds, burns, and scars.

Honeybees literally work themselves to death; their ultimate focus is to work for their hive survival. When one put such pure and clear intention in their life, they generate Qi energy. Honey also contains this energy which honeybees put into it all their life. Imagine consuming this energy every morning.

TCM recommends honey for treating cough and other phlegmatic problems. It is considered helpful for alleviating pain and side-effects due to radiation therapy or chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

As we know, honey’s medicinal properties vary with different vegetation, region, and season. Honey derived from the nectar of flowers such as Coptis, Chinese milk vetch, and loquat can help in balancing problems occurred due to disturbances in Yin-Yang. That pathogenic heat can cause fever, constipation, dry skin, inflammation, blood pressure, etc.

Chinese recommend honey for improving eye-sight, cure hangover, strengthening of arteries, removing toxins, healing internal wounds, caused by ulcers and polyps.

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