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Ceylon Hill Cherry, tao jin jiang

Ceylon Hill Cherry

Rhodomyrtus tomentosa, HILL GOOSEBERRY,

DOWNY MYRTLE, TAO JIN JIANG

 

The Ceylon hill cherry, Tao jin niang, is also known as gang ren (hill harvest) and ren zi (harvest seed). It is an evergreen shrub growing to a height of 1-2 meters. The fruit is oval, with a diameter of 12 mm, and ripens in the summer.

The ripe fruit is dull purple in colour and the flower calyx frequently remains on the end. The outer flesh is purple-red in color with a lot of juice and its flavor is sweet and a little astringent. The flesh in the centre of the fruit is pale yellow enclosing small seeds.

The fruit's nature is neither hot nor cold. Its virtue is that it can nourish the blood, strengthen the spleen and calm the foetus. The fruit contains carbohydrate, ketone, glucoside, phenol, amino acids, organic acids, etc.

APPLICATIONS
1. ANEMIA WITH COLD LIPS, PALE FACE, COLD HANDS AND FEET, BOUTS OF DIZZINESS. Take 30 grams of dry fruit, 15 grams of longan pulp and 30 grams of brown sugar. Cover with water and simmer till cooked. Take this once or twice a day.


Another treatment is to drink 30 grams of dou ren wine every evening.

2. WEAKNESS AFTER ILLNESS. Take 30 grams of dried fruit and 30 grams of lean pork and 2 pieces of red date (see page 49). Add water and steam till cooked. Eat this once a day.


3. GASTRIC OR DUODENAL ULCER. Take 60 grams of dried fruit, add water and steam till cooked then strain to obtain the liquid. Drink one or two cups of this every day on awakening, after the midday siesta and before going to bed. Do this for 20 days.

4. ACUTE OR CHRONIC GASTROENTERITIS; DYSENTERY. Take 90 grams of fresh fruit or 60 grams of dry fruit, add water and steam till cooked. Serve this three times a day.

5. DIARRHOEA IN CHILDREN. Take 30 grams of dry fruit and stir-fry till almost scorched and black. Cover with water and simmer till cooked. Serve this three times a day.

6. SEMINAL EMISSION; RINGING IN THE EARS; DIZZINESS; INSOMNIA. Take 60 grams of dry druit, one egg, 30 grams of brown sugar and an appropriate measure of rice wine*. Cover with water and simmer till cooked. Take the full amount at night before going to sleep. (* Japanese sake can be used. Ed.)

7. EXHAUSTION THROUGH OVERWORK; INTERNAL DAMAGE; FEELING OF WEAKNESS AND ACHING ALL OVER; NO STRENGTH IN THE JOINTS. Drink 30 grams of dou ren wine (see below) every day in the early morning and in the evening.

PREPARATION
DOU REN WINE (Bean Harvest Wine). Take 500 grams of dried fruit and soak it in 1,000 grams of rice wine* for 10 days. During this time shake or stir it at least once a day. At the end of 10 days the wine is ready to use.
(* Japanese sake can be used. Ed.)

WARNING
Do not eat this fruit if suffering from constipation.

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