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4 TCM herbs to help you reduce stress

Keep stress at bay by taking these TCM herbs that calm your senses and help you sleep better.

4 TCM herbs to help you reduce stress

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Beyond sleeping early, drinking enough water and being more mindful, you can also nourish your body to keep stress at bay. Certain Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbs help to calm your senses and improve your sleep quality. TCM physician Neo Min Jun of Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic at Chinatown, Simei and Tiong Bahru, shares what to look out for below. 

Dried longan

Dried longans help to nourish the blood, heart and spleen. They also help to calm the heart and improve memory and quality of sleep. Dried longans are especially good for women after their periods, and for people who overwork their brains or worry too much.

Precautions: Do not consume dried longan if suffering from flu, fever, cough with thick phlegm, gastritis, mouth ulcers or other acute diseases.

Red dates

Red Dates help to nourish one’s Qi and blood, and they also calm the heart. They also strengthen the stomach, reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.

Red dates and dried longans are usually consumed together. Boil three to five pieces of longans and two to three red dates for 30 minutes before consuming the drink and eating up the herbs.

Precautions: Do not consume if suffering from flu, fever, cough with thick phlegm or other acute diseases.

Lily bulbs

Lily bulb helps to nourish the lungs and calms the heart. They are able to relieve dry throats and dry coughs, and are good for combating fatigue, a lack of concentration and irritable moods due to insufficient rest at night. Lily bulbs also help to improve sleep quality.

Precautions: Do not consume if suffering from flu, fever, cough with thick phlegm, gastritis, mouth ulcers or other acute diseases.

Lotus seeds

Lotus seeds nourish the spleen, heart and kidneys. They’re good for people with loose stools and insomnia.

Lotus seeds are usually consumed together with lily bulbs. You can use them in making porridge or dessert. Remember to remove the inner stem of the lotus seed before cooking. Start by using 3-5g of lotus seeds and 4-6g of lily bulbs.

Precautions: Do not consume if suffering from flu, fever, cough with thick phlegm or other acute diseases.

This story was originally published in Shape

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