Pu Gong Ying tea (蒲公英茶, Pú Gōng Yīng Chá) is made from the dried roots and leaves of dandelion. Pu Gong Ying is the Chinese name of dandelion and it is traditional Chinese medicine.
Table of Contents
- What Is Pu Gong Ying
- How to Make Pu Gong Ying Tea
- Benefits of Pu Gong Ying Tea
- Side Effects of Pu Gong Ying Tea
What Is Pu Gong Ying
Pu Gong Ying is a perennial herb. It is widely distributed in the hillside, grassland, roadside, fields, and riverside in middle and low altitude areas.
The whole plant of Pu Gong Ying can be used as medicine. Its flowers, leaves, and roots are all edible.
Pu Gong Ying’s edible value, medical value, and nutritional value have been highly appraised and affirmed in <Compendium of Materia Medica>, <Cihai>, and other ancient Chinese medicine books.
From the perspective of modern medicine, Pu Gong Ying is a natural antibiotic, which has a strong antibacterial effect.
How to Make Pu Gong Ying Tea
The easiest way to eat Pu Gong Ying is to make tea. Pu Gong Ying tea must be made from the dried roots and leaves of Pu Gong Ying.
Fresh Pu Gong Ying contains too much water and some oxalic acids. For making tea, its effective components are difficult to dissolve into the tea. The fresh Pu Gong Ying is usually used as a dish.
Cut dried Pu Gong Ying roots and leaves into small pieces. Put them into the cup and add boiling water, steep it for a few minutes, and then drink.
Pu Gong Ying tea has a bitter taste, you can add some sugar or honey. Besides, it can also be brewed with other teas or herbs, such as green tea, black tea, rose, wolfberry, Gui Hua, corn silk, etc.
Benefits of Pu Gong Ying Tea
Pu Gong Ying tea is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, folic acid, and also contains potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients.
Pu Gong Ying tea is a natural diuretic, which can help the body excrete excess water.
Pu Gong Ying tea contains triterpenes, flavonoids, polysaccharides, and phenolic acids, which have a good therapeutic effect on the tumor.
Pu Gong Ying tea can help digestion and treat stomach pain, bloating, and gastritis.
Increase Breast Milk
Pu Gong Ying tea has the effect of promoting milk secretion and treating breast carbuncle.
Detox and Clear Heat
Pu Gong Ying tea is suitable for treating heat-toxic diseases. It is also very effective for treating inflammation, swelling, and pain caused by heat.
Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory
Pu Gong Ying tea has a strong antibacterial effect on Staphylococcus aureus, hemolytic streptococcus, typhoid bacillus, dysentery bacilli, and so on.
Side Effects of Pu Gong Ying Tea
In traditional Chinese medicine, the medicinal property of Pu Gong Ying is cold, so people with deficiency of the spleen and stomach should drink less Pu Gong Ying tea, otherwise, it will cause diarrhea, stomach cold, and other symptoms.
A small number of people may experience itchy skin after drinking Pu Gong Ying tea. This is an allergy symptom. Stop drinking it after this symptom occurs.
Long-term drinking large amounts of Pu Gong Ying tea may cause hypotension, and severe cases may have headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.