TCM sediments to drink or discard
The cooked Chinese medicine decoction is taken at a warm temperature, and the bottom of the bowl often has a mud-like sediment.
Whether these traditional Chinese medicine sediments are drunk or discarded, people have different opinions.
Every time someone drank the medicine to the bottom of the bowl, they always felt that the remaining medicine was too bitter and dumped the sediment like sediment.
And some people do the opposite, no matter how bitter the medicine is, they drink it cleanly.
In this part of people’s eyes, the medicine at the bottom of the bowl is the essence of this bowl of medicine, it is a pity to discard it.
Many people are undecided. They are afraid of harm if they drink, and they feel waste when thrown.
So, do we drink or discard the sediment of Chinese medicine?
In general, we think whether the precipitate of Chinese medicine decoction should be drunk or discarded, it depends on the medicine in the decoction.
Take Coptis and Licorice for example. The main active ingredients of Coptis chinensis are berberine (also known as Berberine), methyl berberine and other alkaloids, and the main active ingredients of Glycyrrhiza are Glycyrrhizic acid, glycyrrhetic acidAcidic ingredients
The solubility of these two types of ingredients in water is dissolved, so they can be easily dissolved from traditional Chinese medicine when they are cooked with water.
When Coptis chinensis and licorice are decoctioned together, their berberine and glycyrrhizic acid each enter the water, it may be combined into a salt or complex with less solubility in water, suspended as a fine granular solid in the traditional Chinese medicine decoction, and the decoction becomesGet cloudy.
If you put the traditional Chinese medicine decoction, it may cause a mud-like substance to appear on the bottom of the bowl and form a precipitate.
Experimental research proves that: when coptis chinensis and licorice are decoated with water, if the amount of licorice is reduced, the resulting soup can be clarified, and the supernatant can be not bitter, but its antibacterial effect will be greatly reduced.
This shows that the berberine, which has antibacterial effect and is extremely bitter, is precipitated to the bottom of the bowl, that is, in a mud-like substance.
It can be seen that fried Chinese herbs containing Coptis chinensis and licorice, and the mud-like precipitates obtained at the bottom of the bowl, if they are discarded, will obviously affect the medicinal efficacy of the Chinese medicine.
The correct method is to add a little water to the mud-like sediment and mix it again.
After all, although pharmacists cannot completely eliminate the co-fried of certain drugs, whether the precipitate of refractory water formed by them is effective or ineffective.
However, in order to ensure the effectiveness of the drug, it is best for the user not to pour out the mud-like sediment, and it is better to take it.
In order to allow the sediment to enter the medicinal solution for convenient taking, we can follow the ancient medicinal solution filtration method, that is, use only a layer of roving cloth or mesh cloth to filter the sediment and drink it.