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Sage 圣人 shèngrén, traditional 聖人


So many Westerners have forgotten the benefits of this herb and only consider it worthy to stuff the chicken or turkey with at Christmas time. Its many properties warrant it a much worthier place in the household than that, for the herb is extremely beneficial to the system as a whole. It soothes the stomach, tonifies the intestines, aids weak digestion, helps those who have lost their appetite, stops internal bleeding, and is very good for kidney and liver troubles, as well as colds. It will relieve the sweating of those suffering from influenza and tuberculosis. External cuts, grazes, bruises and any knocks or sprains can be soothed by bathing the area of the skin with an infusion of this herb. Use it more in your daily life and you will find it truly worth your while. Get into the habit of always keeping some in the kitchen or in your first-aid box.

Sage tea (圣人茶 shèngrén chá, traditional 聖人茶)

Sage gargle (圣人漱口 shèngrén shùkǒa, traditional 聖人漱口)



The Tao of Long Life - The Chinese Art of Ch'ang Ming

by Chee Soo

©Seahorse Books 2008 reproduced with permission