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Herbal Story

Chen Pi (Tangerine Peel)

Author: Chi Institute/Tuesday, June 10, 2014/Categories: TCVM Newsletter, 2014 Spring Issue

During the Ming Dynasty, the governor of a northern city, who had long suffered from chronic cough, ordered his servant to prepare his herbal medicine every day. One rainy day, the servant did not want to go out and fetch water from the faraway well in the cold, so he took some water from the fish pond and sneakily brewed the medicine with it. After drinking the medicine, the governor instantly felt better, his chest pain reduced, coughing suppressed, Qi calmed down and for the first time in many years he was able to sleep through the night. The next morning, he asked his servant if there was anything he did differently when preparing yesterday’s medicine. The servant was scared and told the truth. A little bit annoyed but more puzzled, the governor walked over to the pond. It was early spring and the pond was surrounded by blossoming tangerine trees. The air was filled with the fragrance of citrus. He noticed that many flowers fell into the pond - perhaps that was where the herbal’s magic came from! So he added several pieces of dried tangerine peel to his original formula. After a few days, his condition improved and his symptoms were completely gone. Today, we know that high quantities of hesperidin are present in tangerines especially in the peel. It is said that hesperidin has anti-inflammatory effects on cells and tissues helping prevent aging and cancer. So don’t throw away the peel of the tangerines- dry them and add them to your tea!

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