Alcohol has always played an essential role in traditional Chinese culture. It is a gateway to success at business dinners and used for celebration at festivals and weddings.
In both Chinese and Western medicine, alcohol is metabolized by your Liver. The warm and dispersing action of the alcohol dries you out, depleting Liver Chinese medicine for hangoversYin, which is the nourishing coolant in your body.
As a result, Liver Yang, which is warm and active, rises upward creating all kinds of symptoms that you’d rather not have. The overall dryness and heat rising gives you a killer headache, upsets your stomach, and makes you feel miserable in general.
Here are a few things that you can do to be a little less miserable while you’re learning your hangover lesson:
This one is simple, as many of your symptoms are the cause of being dehydrated. That said, what you drink makes a difference. Steer clear of coffee, tea, or any other caffeinated drink, as they are also warming and dispersing, which will only make your hangover worse. In addition, don’t even think about having another drink. That advice is most likely coming from your drinking buddies, not anyone who cares about alleviating your hangover symptoms. What they should have told you is to down a couple of glasses of water before passing out in bed last night; you’d be feeling a lot better in the morning.
As for what to drink, choose warm or room temperature water, herbal tea, or a not-very-sweet sports drink. Even better is Sprite. After studying dozens of drinks, researchers have concluded that Sprite is the most effective drink to reduce your hangover symptoms. That’s because it speeds up the metabolism of acetaldehyde, which is a by-product of alcohol that’s responsible for most of your symptoms.
The history of drinking culture also prompted ancient Chinese to look for natural remedies to limit alcohol’s impact at a time when other methods were nowhere to be found. Next time you wake up with a hammering headache, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and irritable.
Kudzu flower (gegen hua葛根花)
This herbal medicine has long been used as a remedy for alcoholism and hangover. As the Chinese idiom literally goes: 1,000 glasses but no drunkenness with gegen hua (千杯不醉葛根花). Drink it the way you make hot tea.
Arhat fruit (luohanguo罗汉果)
The egg-shaped dried fruit has a nourishing and cooling nature that also works for coughing and constipation. Break the sweet and pleasant fruit open and make tea.
Chrysanthemum tea (juhua cha菊花茶)
We often have this tea in Chinese restaurants but many do not know it can also enhance the function of the liver and help to sober us up.
Dried orange peel (chenpi 陈皮)
Dried orange peel works as a booster of qi (energy) circulation and fosters recovery in the body. You can mix this with the herbs above to enhance its function.
Wild jujube（suanzao 酸枣）
This sweet and sour fruit tastes great and is rich in vitamin C. Infuse it with kudzu flower and dried orange peel and you might just have invented your hangover cure favorite recipe.
Ginger (jiang 姜)
It might be the easiest hangover cure to find at home or in the neighborhood, have some on hand because it also relieves the common cold and stomach upset. Feel free to mix your ginger drink with chrysanthemum and Arhat fruit.
Honey (fengmi 蜂蜜)
Alcohol causes dehydration. If you do not have any of the above with you, drink enough water with honey, which is nourishing and serves as an energy tonic. It is also a great complement to any of the herbs above.
Shared by Krissy Gee – HQ Healing😊