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Wampi, shan huang pi

Wampi

Causena indica (Dalz.) Olic, WHAMPLE, SHAN HUANG PI

 

The wampi, shan huang pi (mountain yellow skin) is also called ye huang pi (wild yellow skin) and qing huang pi (green-yellow skin).

 

It is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Its leaves have a distinctive fragrance. The round fruit have a diameter of about 10mm. The skin is smooth, thin and flexible, pale or mid green and with a fragrant perfume.

 

The fruit ripens in the summer, when it becomes semi-translucent. The flavor of the fleshy pulp is sweet and astringent, and it contains green seeds. it is neutral in nature, promotes digestion and strengthens the stomach.

 

The flavor of the skin is bitter and pungent, its nature warm. It helps regulate the flow of vital energy and invigorates the spleen.

 

The fruit seed flavor is bitter and pungent, its nature warm. It promotes the flow of energy and alleviates pain.

 

The fruit contains carbohydrates, vitamin C and organic acids. the skin contains volatile oils, flavone glucoside, etc.

 

APPLICATIONS

1. INDIGESTION; CHEST AND STOMACH SWOLLEN AND PAINFUL. Take 30 grams of fresh fruit and discard the peel and stone. Eat this in the morning and the same amount in the evening.

 

2. COMMON COLD CAUSING DIZZINESS AND BLOCKED NOSE. Take 15 grams of fruit skin and an appropriate amount of sugar. Pour boiling water over this and let it soak for ten minutes. Drink the liquid, including the skins. Do this three times a day.

 

3. ILLNESS CAUSED BY WIND AND COLD; STUFFY FEELING IN THE CHEST WITH VOMITING; CAR SICKNESS; SEA SICKNESS. Take 15-30 grams of candied peel slowly chew and swallow.

 

4. HERNIA PAIN. Take 15 grams of dried fruit and 15 grams of fruit stones and crush. Add 30-60 grams of rice wine*, warm the mixture and serve. Alternatively use half water and half wine, steam in a sealed container and serve. take this amount twice a day.

 

5. SPRAINS. Take an appropriate amount of fresh fruit, including the skin and stones, and crush, then apply to the affected place.

 

6. SKIN RASH; PRURITUS. Take an appropriate amount of fresh fruit and crush, including the skin and stones. Simmer in water and use the liquid to wash the affected place.

 

PREPARATION

CANDIED SKIN. Boil some sugar until it has melted and add an appropriate amount of fresh fruit skin.

 

WARNING

Sufferers from hyperacidity or ulcers should avoid eating the fresh fruit.

 

*RICE WINE. In China rice wine is commonly made by fermenting cooked glutinous rice in water. Japanese sake, which si rice wine, is readily available in the west and may be used wherever rice wine is called for.

 

MAKING RICE WINE

1. Soak the glutinous rice in water for 12 hours.

2. Steam in a sealed container till cooked.

3. Add water and yeast.

4. Keep in a warm place until it becomes wine.

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