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hazelnut, zhen zi

Hazelnut

Corylus heterophylla Fisch. ex Bess., ZHEN ZI


The hazelnut, zhen zi, is also called shan ban li (mountain board-chestnut) and chui zi (a top). A shrub or small tree growing to a height of 1-7 meters. The nut looks rather like a chestnut, is egg-shaped and pointed at one end, with a diameter of 7-15 mm, and is yellow-brown in color. The kernel is fragrant, sweet and of an oily nature. It is gathered in the autumn. Its nature is neutral and it contains no poison.

The nut can invigorate vital energy, improve the stomach and brighten the eye. It contains starch, carbohydrate, protein, oil, vitamins B1, B2, B5, carotene, etc.

APPLICATIONS

1. LACK OF STRENGTH AFTER ILLNESS; LOSS OF WEIGHT; EASILY EXHAUSTED. Take 2 (Chinese) soup spoons of hazelnut milk, or eat 30 grams of kernels in the morning and again in the evening, every day until some effect can be seen.

2. WEAK SPLEEN AND STOMACH, LOSS OF APPETITE, FREQUENT DIARRHOEA. Take 30 grams of kernels, 9 grams of dried orange peel, add water, steam and serve. Do this 3 times a day.


3. DIARRHEA IN SMALL CHILDREN. Take 3-15 grams of kernels and stir-fry till the outer surface is black. Crush to a fine powder, cover with wait, simmer and serve. Do this 3 times a day.

4. INTERNAL PARASITES IN CHILDREN; MALNUTRITION; BODY THIN AND STOMACH SWOLLEN; SUBJECT TO CHANGING MOODS. Four times a day take a (Chinese) soup spoon of hazelnut milk. Do this after appropriate treatment to expel the parasites.

5. DROPSY WITH MALNUTRITION. Take 60 grams of hazelnut kernels and 30 grams of red beans. (Adsuki bean; Latin semen phaseoli.) Add water and boil till beans turn to pulp then eat. Do this daily both in the morning and in the evening.

 

PREPARATIONS

HAZELNUT MILK. Take 500 grams of kernels, 500 grams of sugar and an appropriate amount of cold water. Grind together into a pulp then boil. It is then ready to use.

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