Houttuynia Grassland name Houttuynia, Zheergen. It is named for its strong fishy smell in its fresh leaves. If it is freshly used in soup, this special fishy smell is unacceptable, but after drying in the shade, the fishy smell disappears and has a slight fragrance. , When adding water to make soup, it can also emit a cinnamon-like aroma. The color and taste of the soup are like light black tea juice, fragrant and slightly astringent.
Houttuynia cordata is mainly produced in Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Hubei. Its stem is flat cylindrical or quasi-cylindrical, twisted and slender, about 10-30 cm long and 2-4 mm thick. The surface is light reddish brown to yellowish brown, with longitudinal wrinkles or fine grooves, the nodes are clearly visible, and there are traces of fibrous roots on the nodes near the lower part.
Houttuynia cordata can clear away heat and detoxify, diuretic and reduce swelling. It has a certain effect on dysentery, eczema, lung abscess, edema, and carbuncle. It is also an important medicine for treating lung carbuncle in traditional Chinese medicine.
Fresh Houttuynia cordata is mostly seen in general meat and vegetable markets, and it is better to have large leaves and strong fishy smell. Most Chinese medicine stores sell shade-dried Houttuynia cordata, which is light reddish brown, with intact stems and leaves, and no impurities such as soil.
Houttuynia cordata is pungent in taste, cold in nature, and returns to the lung meridian. It can clear heat and detoxify, reduce swelling and treat sores, diuresis and dehumidification, clear heat and stop dysentery, invigorate the stomach and eliminate food, and treat lung abscesses caused by excess heat, heat toxins, damp pathogens, disease heat, sores and swelling, hemorrhoids, blood in the stool, spleen and stomach heat accumulation, etc. disease.
What is the effect of Houttuynia cordata?
Modern pharmacological experiments show that this product has antibacterial, antiviral, improving immunity, diuretic and other effects.
Houttuynia cordata also contains some substances that can help quit smoking. People who want to quit smoking can drink some Houttuynia cordata tea every day, which can well reduce the desire to smoke. In addition, Houttuynia cordata is also a very suitable food for smokers, because after entering the body, Houttuynia cordata can effectively remove the damage caused by smoking poison to the body, and at the same time, it can clear lung heat.
The survey found that Houttuynia cordata is the only Chinese herbal medicine found so far that can grow at the explosion point of an atomic bomb, which indirectly shows that Houttuynia cordata has strong anti-radiation ability and will not cause toxic side effects to the body. Therefore, some people who often need to use computers or air crew and other people who need to be close to radiation sources often, it is a very good choice to soak water with Houttuynia cordata in an appropriate amount, which can effectively promote physical health.
Houttuynia cordata is a good product for both medicine and food. Houttuynia cordata cold, steamed chicken with Houttuynia cordata, scrambled eggs with Houttuynia cordata, fried shredded pork with Houttuynia cordata, roasted pork lung with Houttuynia cordata, porridge with Houttuynia cordata, stir-fried Houttuynia cordata with cured meat, pork lung soup with Houttuynia cordata, fish Stir-fried bacon with Xantha cordata is more commonly eaten.
All in all, Houttuynia cordata is a common condiment in southern regions, and its leaves are also edible. However, this does not mean that anyone is suitable for eating Houttuynia cordata, and people with spleen and stomach deficiency are not recommended to eat Houttuynia cordata.