In Chinese medicine, some foods are so full of benefits for health that they are included in the textbooks.
One such food is the walnut, called he tao in Chinese. They are a popular tasty nut, but the list of health benefits is truly astonishing. In many cases, eating 10-30 grams of walnuts a day is enough to obtain these benefits.
Walnuts are high in calories, about 6,500 per kg, but can aid weight loss because a small quantity leaves you feeling full for a long time. They are also a rich source of an omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid.
A small handful of walnuts every day can relieve the following complaints:
Lung problems, such as asthma, emphysema and shortness of breath
Heart disease and high blood pressure
A wide range of inflammatory disorders
A Good Tonic
As well as eating the walnuts, you can get these benefits from a simple traditional Chinese recipe.
Bring four cups of water to the boil.
Add 10-15 g walnuts and 5-10 g ginseng.
Simmer until only half the fluid is left.
Add 3-5 g of fresh ginger.
Cover and leave until it is cool enough to drink.
Drink a cup twice a day, and you will see benefits within a week.
The Whole Tree
The walnut kernel is not the only source of medicine. Certain ingredients in the bark, leaves and shells also have a wide range of uses, including:
The chopped inner bark can act as a laxative or to detoxify the liver.
The shells or roots, made into a strong tea, can be used as a spray against insect parasites.
A tea made from the leaves can help purify the blood.
For these preparations it is best to seek the advice of a qualified Chinese medicine specialist.