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Herbal remedy for knees

A Simple Drink for healing your knees!

No harm taking this was it has all natural ingredients.  

 Many elderly folks are having this problem these days. 

After drinking,  knees will grow its own cartillage!!!  



 For adult’s consumption only:-

5 stalks of lemon grass + 2 green apples (can cut it into pieces) 

Enough water to cover and boil till soft, then drink.

No salt, sugar or msg please. 

* make sure it’s on slow fire (best use slow cooker). 
You can drink this every day and see what happens. 
 Eat well, be well.

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About Chinese Tea

12 things about tea your dim sum restaurateur won’t tell you

A tea master gives us some advice on how to make sure we’re getting the best brew for our buck

Master Leung Ka-Dong has been working at Ying Kee Tea House for almost 40 years.

“What type of tea do you usually order when you eat dim sum?” asks Master Leung Ka-Dong . 

“I usually order white hair peony because my family always orders it,” I reply. 

“Did you know that almost all restaurants mix their white teas with black to to add flavor and color?”  he says. 

No, I did not know that. I didn’t know that it’s only in the recent 50 to 60 years that white, green and pu-erh have become Hong Kong’s most popular teas either.   With a richer economy, Hong Kong people stirred away from simple black teas from India and Sri Lanka and began to enjoy tea for various health reasons or collect pu-erh tea like wine.    

Thanks to Master Leung, who has worked at Ying Kee Tea House since the early 1970s, I now know a little more about how to appreciate Chinese tea.

Here are 12 things he told me about tea that no restaurateur would have:

1. Never drink tea on an empty stomach

Always drink tea during or after a meal. Our stomachs are acidic and tea is alkalizing.

Acid and alkaline combined have a bloating effect.


2. Drink white tea if you are a smoker

White tea is really good for the lungs and throat, so it is especially beneficial for smokers.

A cup of white peony tea helps clear all the phlegm in our throats and cures coughs.


3. You won”t be able to tell the quality of white tea by its color

Most restaurants mix white peony tea with black tea to add color and flavor because customers generally prefer tea that tastes richer and looks darker in color.

Pure white tea itself has hardly any flavor or color compared to other teas.


4. Only fine dining Chinese restaurants serve screw shaped green tea  

Genuine screw shaped green tea is the highest grade of green tea and the most expensive. At Ying Kee Tea House, it sells at HK$5,067 per kilogram (HK$380 per 75 gram bag). Produced only in Jiangsu Province Dong Ting Mountain, it also the rarest green tea in China, producing only about 1,000 kilograms a year.

It must be consumed fresh, within a year after picking the tea leaves. Screw shaped green tea of higher quality is best consumed within six months even. If it is tasteless, solvent or extremely bitter, that means it has already gone bad.   

While it is certainly expensive, screw shaped green tea has a very particular taste that not everyone

may like. Even when it is fresh, it tastes more bitter than other teas.  For all those reasons, screw shaped green tea is only served at fine dining Chinese restaurants, usually at hotels


5. Treat pu-erh tea like a digestible detergent to flush all the grease away  

Always pair oily food with pu-erh tea. Dim sum, no matter steamed or fried, contains lard. When you eat shrimp dumplings, there is always a piece of fatty pork in there to add flavor and fragrance.

Pu-erh tea helps you rinse all the grease from the food out of your system. It aids digestion, blood circulation and lowers cholesterol levels.

If you don’t have detergent at home, boil some pu-erh tea and use it to wash your dishes. It’s like a digestible detergent6. Sweets go best with green tea

6. Sweets go best with green tea

Sweet food is best paired with tea that is more bitter. Loong Jing green tea helps moderate the sweetness of desserts.

Like pu-erh tea, drinking green tea helps lower cholesterol levels and break down fat.

But while most teas are best brewed in boiling hot water, green teas like screw shaped green tea and loong Jing only need to be brewed in water that is about 75 to 85 degrees. If the water is too hot, it

will be difficult to maintain the same fragrance in the second brew.


7. Tie Guan Yin goes best with spicy food

Spicy foods are best paired with Tie Guan Yin because it has a bittersweet effect. If you ever visit a Chiu Chow restaurant, they always serve Tie Guan Yin tea with their spicy dishes.

Plus, Chiu Chow city borders Shantou city and Fujian province, which is known for harvesting Tie Guan yin leaves.


8. Fried food goes best with white tea

Basically, any type of fried or deep fried food goes well with white tea. In Chinese medicinal terms, fried food is considered a dry hot.

White teas like white hair peony help release body heat.


9. Smell quality

Aside from pu-erh tea which is almost odorless, quality tea should always give off a fragrant smell.

If you can’t smell the tea or or see that it is very solvent, then it has probably expired.

10. You won’t be able to find good Pu-erh tea at dim sum restaurants

It is simply not cost-efficient. Pu-erh tea is like wine. The longer you store it, the richer it becomes. Storage for at least three to six years is optimal.

Regular pu-erh teas served at restaurants have generally been modified during the fermentation process to reduce storage time. By doing this, they lose whatever fragrance and flavor they originally had.

Good pu-erh tea should look very smooth and deep red in color, not black like regular pu-erh tea.

You can also test the quality of your pu-erh tea by the stain it leaves on your cup after drinking it. If you see a stain surrounding the rim of your cup, that means you are drinking regular or low quality pu-erh tea. If your cup is left with no stain after consumption, you are drinking pu-erh tea of high quality.

11. Tie Guan Yin, daffodil and Oolong are all the same at dim sum restaurants

No matter which of the three you order, dim sum restaurants will serve you low grade daffodil tea. All three teas come under the same Oolong tea category, yet they are very different in flavor.

Tie Guan Yin tastes more clear and fragrant. Oolong is stronger and more solvent. And daffodil is the purest of them all.

12. The best moments of tea enjoyment are when you have time

Drinking tea is a matter of mood. And when I talk about mood, it mainly has to do with the condition of time.  

You’ve probably heard many rules about tea, from water temperature to color. But at the end of the day, drinking tea is a very personal experience.   Some people like their tea boiling hot while others like theirs lukewarm. Some may like theirs stronger than others. So it’s all about time. We need time to brew that perfect cup of tea.


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Stroke Identification




During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)  They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food – while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.)
She had suffered a stroke at the party . Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

 Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this…


 A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Remember the ‘3’ steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.
The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions : S * Ask the individual to SMILE ..
T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg ‘It is sunny out today’).
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS . If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

 NOTE : Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is
1. Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue.
2. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.


 If everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people;

you can bet that at least one life will be saved.


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Health Risks from Po Chai Pills

Pls pass this info to Chinese comunities overseas esp in N. America,Europe, Australia, SE Asia (eg Indonesia) where Po Chai pills are household over-the-counter all purpose “medicine”, used to be in family medicine cabinets.  Well meaning moms, grandmothers give these to kids studying abroad.

Hong Kong Pulls Po Chai Pills because of Health Risks, Morning Post Says 
2010-03-25 01:49:27.289 GMT  By Frederik Balfour 

March 25 (Bloomberg) – Hong Kong ‘s Department of Health has instructed traditional Chinese medicine maker Li Chung Shing Tong (Holdings) to recall Po Chai pills after they were found to contain banned substances in Singapore, the South China Morning Post said.

The pills, popular among sufferers from digestion problems, were found to contain phenolphthalein and sibutramine, substances that can lead to serious side effects, according to a department spokesman, the newspaper said.

“Po Chai” (see images below) have been banned in Singapore. They are also being recalled in Hong Kong.

Apart from the two dangerous chemicals (phenolphthalein and sibutramine) found by the Singapore Govt., mercury is another component used in the manufacture of the pills ! 

Mercury can cause serious brain damage:

The following is prevalent in Malaysia and Spore.
At shop malls, do not drink the drink sold from the Chinese golden drums, those little shop with rich-looking urns selling those “anti-heaty” tea and tea & herbal-steamed eggs. 
As well, by roadsides everywhere, where the guy asks if you would like to kar liew (add powder) 
Pass this message to friends and family. 
Consume it often, and your bone marrow will go porous and weak. 
 My friend’s wife, in Pudu, is now with one leg shorter after hip-joint replacement. She is 40-over years, and drank jln.Pasar’s “kar liew” for years.

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Bananas ripened with Carbide

Cautious when selecting bananas

Death is being sold now-a-days in our markets.  

We all love bananas  but the bananas available in the market are forced ripe by dipping in water mixed with Carbide.  The consumption of these bananas is 100% sure to cause Cancer or some other infection in the stomach.  Therefore, such types of bananas are to be avoided.
But, how does one recognize the bananas ripened with the help of Carbide?  

Bananas which are ripened naturally are dark yellow and there are small black spots here and there on the bananas and the stalks are black.
While those which are forced ripe with Carbide are lemon yellow and their stalks are green and moreover they are clear yellow without any black spots.
Now, what is Carbide and how is it harmful? 

 Carbide is a chemical which if mixed with water, emits heat and the heat emitted by a Close tank mixed with Carbide is even more than that emitted by a LPG Cylinder, so much so it can be used for Gas Cutting (which means the calorific value is so high that it can replace LPG gas).  In the same way, when a bunch of bananas is dipped in the water mixed with Carbide, the gas gets absorbed into the bananas and they get ripe.  

However, the banana vendors are not that literate and so they do not know the exact proportion of Carbide to be used for a dozen of bananas.  As a result they end up using excess quantity of Carbide which gets absorbed into the bananas and ultimately enters our stomach.  Due to this excess use of Carbide, Tumours can be formed in our digestive system.
So, next time you purchase bananas, make sure you select the naturally ripened ones.


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Benefits of purple sweet potato

The purple sweet potato

The latest in a long line of potential Superfoods
The purple sweet potato, the latest food item presented to the general public as a potential superfood.  

The potato’s colouring contained the chemical anthocyanin,

which is known to lower the risk of cancer and could even possibly slow down certain types of the disease.  

The colour is the important part because the purple colour is responsible for the amount of anthocyanin in the potato.

 Scientists have already used two strands of anthocyanin to treat colon cancer and found that the pigment slowed down the growth of cancerous cells.  

Anthocyanin, which produces red, blue or purple colours in different types of food, can also be found in blueberries, red grapes and red cabbage, however the specially grown purple sweet potato has a higher concentration of the chemical than any other species of potato.  

It’s good not only for cancer prevention but other benefits like antioxidants as well.


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Benefits of sweet potatoes

SWEET POTATO (kamote) 

Did you know that SWEET POTATO (kamote) far exceeds the nutrition and health values of rice?

Here are the benefits of substituting rice with kamote: 1.    Sweet potato is more filling and suppresses hunger pangs longer. It is also cheaper than rice.

2.    Unlike rice, it is easy to grow. It grows in backyards with or without fertilizers.

3.    Unlike rice which needs to be eaten with a dish, Sweet Potato tastes good and can be eaten by itself. Thus, substituting rice with sweet potato saves money for other needs.

4.    Rice cannot match the nutritional values of potato. Because rice converts to sugar in the body, the Philippines register as a top producer of diabetics in the world. The poor tends to load up on rice and less on the dish which are more expensive. That makes them vulnerable to diabetes, an ailment known in developed countries as a rich man’s disease.

5.    The nutritional values of a 3 oz. baked sweet potato are: calories 90, fat 0 g, saturated fat 0 g, cholesterol 0 mg, carbohydrate 21 g, protein 2 g, dietary fiber 3 g, sodium 36 mg, vitamin A 19,218 IU, folic acid 6 micrograms, pantothenic acid 1 mg, vitamin B6 <1 mg, vitamin C 20 mg, vitamin E 1 mg, calcium 38 mg, manganese 1 mg, carotenoids 11,552 mcg, potassium 475 mg and magnesium 45 mg. Compare that to a 100 g serving of white rice with: calories 361 kcal, water 10.2 g, total fat 0.8 g, dietary fiber 0.6 g, calcium 8 mg, phosphorous 87 mg, potassium 111 mg, sodium 31 mg, vitamin B1 0.07 mg, vitamin B2 0.02 mg, niacin 1.8 g, protein 6 g and carbohydrates 82 g.

6.    Too much rice consumption can make you sick, but sweet potato(kamote) can bring you to health and keep away some health problems. These have been proved medically.

Believe it or not

– Sweet Potato (kamote) lowers hypertension,

bad cholesterol and even blood sugar when eaten as SUBSTITUTE TO RICE!

The purple sweet potato (kamote) is particularly effective for lowering hypertension.

The Korean medical documentary credits the sweet potato (kamote) as high fiber and is one of the best foods that one can eat to prevent cancer!

Many of them even call the sweet Potato a “super food that heals.”


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