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Chinese box orange, jiu bing guoChinese Box Orange

Glycosmis citrifolia (Willd) Lindl., WINE CAKE FRUIT,

ATLANTIA, JIU BING GUO

 

The box orange, jiu bing guo (wine cake fruit) is also called shan xiao jue (mountain small orange). It is a shrub or small tree, the fruit is ball shaped or slightly flattened ball shape, with a diameter of about 10 mm. It ripens during the summer and autumn.

The unripe fruit is green or yellow-green and turns to yellow-red when ripe. The skin is semi-translucent and contains oil pores. It has a fragrant smell and a slightly sweet taste. It causes a tingling feeling to the tongue when eaten.

The fruit flesh has a fragrant smell and sweet flavor. There is a stone in the centre. The nature of the fruit is neither hot nor cold.

Its virtue is that it can help regulate the flow of vital energy, induce sweating, alleviate coughing, activate the blood and help relieve pain. The fruit contains carbohydrate, vitamins, volatile oil, yellow ketone, flavone glucoside, etc.

APPLICATIONS


1. COMMON COLD WITH A COUGH AND ABUNDANT PHLEGM. Take 15 grams of either fresh or dried fruit and 6 grams of ginger. Cover with water and simmer till cooked. Drink a cup of the warm liquid in the morning and again in the evening.

2. INDIGESTION; PAINFUL SWOLLEN CHEST AND STOMACH; FAECES SEMI-LIQUID. Take 3 grams of fresh fruit, discard the stone and crush the flesh. Mix with
boiled water and drink. Do this every four hours.

3. HERNIA PAIN. Take 6 grams of fresh or dried fruit and crush, including the stones. Add 3 grams of ginger, add water and steam till cooked. Serve twice a day.

4. SPRAINS, SWOLLEN AND PAINFUL. Take an appropriate amount of fresh fruit, discard the stones and mash the fruit. Add sufficient wine to make a paste and spread on the affected place. Alternatively drink 30 grams of shan-jie wine, and at the same time rub some on the affected place.

5. CHILBLAINS. Take an appropriate measure of fresh fruit, discard the stones and mash the fruit. Mix with petroleum jelly into a paste and spread on the affected parts.

PREPARATION


SHAN-JIE WINE. Take 250 grams of half-ripe fruit and soak it in 1,000 grams of rice wine* for 10 days. It is then ready to use. (* Japanese sake may be used. Ed.)

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