Chinese Prescription Formula & Recipe For Homemade Tonic, Herbal Wine For Good Health

A Chinese formula prescribing the type and amount of herbs required to prepare the Chinese Tonic/Herbal Wine


Hi there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

This Chinese prescription for making our own tonic wine was given to me by the same friend that taught me the Miracle Vegetable Soup.

My friend said that while the vegetable soup is consumed to remove toxins and balance back our body’s health, this Chinese tonic or herbal wine is taken to nourish our health. This is a “poh chau” (a nourishing or tonic wine in the Cantonese Chinese dialect) and is more popularly known as the “Mao Zedong Tonic Wine.” ๐Ÿ˜†

He mentioned this tonic wine was taken regularly by Mao Zedong to maintain his good health until he passed away at 84 years old in 1976. Mao Zedong was the former communist party leader of China.

So, I decided to try this tonic wine on my family and I have prepared some in my big glass jar – it should be ready on 22 October. ย I was told this wine is very good for strengthening one’s backbone (“poh yew guat” in Cantonese”) and good health.

I brought the Chinese prescription (Chinese medicinal formula or “yeok fong” in Cantonese) to one of my regular Chinese medical halls (shops) to get the herbs ready for making the tonic wine. ย I showed the elderly gentleman boss my print out of this tonic wine formula and told him that a friend has recommended that I make this tonic wine for my family.

Wow, I found out that this prescription has been circulating around for many years already. The boss took one look at my printout (prescription formula) and he went to refer to his dusty, old book that was filled with all types of prescription formulas for various ailments and tonics. He has the same formula as the one I showed him, all neatly handwritten onto one of the yellowed pages in his old book. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is the “recipe” for homemade Mao Zedong Tonic Wine :-

Various types and amounts of herbs as specified in the Chinese prescription.

Please note that I decided to make a double batch of wine and the herbs shown here are double the portions. I thought since it takes some time to prepare this good stuff and my family is big, I may as well make more. ๐Ÿ˜†

Following the amount of herbs as per the prescription given above, you will need 2 katis of distilled white wine or 2 bottles of 640 ml Chinese white wine.

In my case of double recipe, I used 4 bottles of wine instead. Don’t throw away the empty wine bottles but keep them to contain the tonic wine when it is ready for harvesting/consumtion. ๐Ÿ’ก

One kati or 500 gms sugar

Method of preparation :-

1) Place the “inner shavings of cinnamon sticks” at the bottom of a clean glass jar

2) Pour in the rest of the herbs

Oh, I had added a large handful of woflberries (gei ji) as I thought it is very good for nourishing our eyes. However, in hindsight, I thought it was a mistake to do so as the berries had soaked up more of the wine. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

3) Pour in the Chinese wine, cover the jar and leave overnight

4) After the herbs have been immersed in the wine for 1 day and 1 night (heheh, this is following exactly the instructions in Chinese speak ๐Ÿ˜† ) i.e. 24 hours later, add in the sugar.

5) Seal the jar tightly and leave it in a cool dark place. In my case, I just wrapped the jar with some newspapers and leave it at one cool corner of my kitchen.

6) Wine is ready for consumption after 60 days.

I confirmed with the boss of the medical hall – this wine is not heaty and is safe for consumption from teenagers to elderly people.

To take the tonic wine, just mix 1 small Chinese teacup or 1 ย “peck” (or peg? not sure if this is a Chinese or Western term) with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of room temperature boiled water and drink.

Can take it anytime during the day or night, just before sleeping. My friend takes daily the vegetable soup in the morning and ย the tonic wine at night. He has extremely good health and has not been sick for many years already. ๐Ÿ˜€

When I go back to this medical shop later, I will ask the boss again in details the health benefits of this Mao Zedong Tonic Wine and will list them here for your info. Also, I will take a photo of the wine in the jar when it is ready and show you. ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Meanwhile, I wish you Good Health! ๐Ÿ˜€

With best wishes,

choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

Added on 26 December, 2010 –

Harvesting, Tasting & Review/Feedback

This was how I wrapped up the glass container – with newspapers and taped at the top – easy disposal later.

The Reveal – Wine is darker upon maturity – this wine is about 4 months old

To drain every drop of goodness – I tilted the bottle over a large strainer onto a pot. Do this when you have scooped as much of the tonic wine into bottles

About 3 1/2 bottles of tonic wine was yielded

Recommended dosage of Mao Zedong Tonic Wine – take a small Chinese tea cup or a Chinese soup spoon full, add a little hot water to mix and drink

My review of the tonic wine

  • Very aromatic in the herbal sense
  • Very strong alcohol content (well, for someone like me who hardly drinks :oops:)
  • Very sweet (I wonder if I could reduce the sugar amount)
  • Due to the overly alcoholic and sweet nature of this wine,ย  you may want to add more hot water
  • After drinking the wine, I can feel it go through my system very fast – felt a little tipsy and sleepy and it was in the afternoon!
  • I recommend that this wine is taken at night just before bed, because I slept a good 4 hours in the afternoon after drinking this tonic wine and I am not used to afternoon naps! ๐Ÿ˜†

Cheers! ๐Ÿ˜€


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  1. 1

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    P.S. I forgot to mention earlier in my post that I have been having worse lower backaches than usual and I decided to prepare this wine and then consume it to see if it really helps to strengthen my backbone/spine. ๐Ÿ’ก

    Do have a wonderful weekend!

    With best wishes,

    choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    pansy said,

    hi,

    my mother has rheumatism/arthritis. Is there any soup that she can take that will help her? do u think the 5 color soup will help?

    thank you

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear pansy ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m not exactly sure if the 5-colour soup will help in relieving rheumatism/arthritis…perhaps your mom may like to try out that soup and see. My friend told me that elderly ladies has benefitted from drinking this soup – i.e. they have more stamina and not so tired. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Hope it works for your mom.

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Jey said,

    Dear Choesf,

    Thanks for sharing the information regarding the tonic wine, could you please let me know the name of the herbs? Is it a package which can be bought from the shop? I’m in London and we have a lots of herbal shops but not sure how reliable they are. So please give me some tips to identify the herbs.

    regards

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Jey ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m afraid I don’t know the name of the herbs as I can’t read Chinese and I don’t know the herbs’ scientific names. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      However, if you can print out the Chinese prescription formula here and show it to those Chinese herbal shops, that would be helpful for them to know what you want to buy. This is a famous tonic wine and you can tell them the former Chinese premier, Mao Zedong, used to take this wine every day.

      I have yet to taste this wine – it had matured on 22 October. ๐Ÿ˜ณ I will post shortly here on its taste and effects. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    David Chiang said,

    Just wish to ask for some health advise on the topic of consuming self made medicinal wine. I have made some medicinal wine with chinese herbs like “tou chong” for kidney and ginseng with lots of brandy and VSOP. This has been kept for more than 10 to 20 years. it is in a tightly covered glass jar.

    My question is: Is it safe to drink ? How would we know it is safe ? Is there any chance of poisoning ?

    Thanks.

    David Chiang

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear David Chiang ๐Ÿ˜€

      Wow, your medicinal wine is really aged very well and you had used brandy and VSOP. Good! ๐Ÿ˜€

      From what I have learned from my late mother-in-law and friends – the longer the medicinal wine is kept, the better and “smoother” the quality. They should be quite okay to drink if they have been unopened all this while and anyway, you had used good quality brandy and VSOP.

      On the safety part, I can’t guarantee you 100% that it is safe to drink, perhaps you may like to bring a small sample to your local Chinese medical hall/shop and ask the boss there if it is okay. See if he will drink some of that medicinal wine and tell you more from there. ๐Ÿ’ก

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    candice said,

    Hi Choesf,

    It’s me again… I am very new to this chinese tonic herbal thing and have some questions for you :

    1. I saw that under the picture of the 2 chinese white wine bottles, you mentioned “distilled white wine or … chinese white wine” while the label on those bottles say its “rice wine” (I can read simple chinese characters). Are they the same thing? I have absolutely no knowledge on this white wine/rice wine thingy so I thought I better ask you.

    2. How often can we drink this tonic? Once a day or once a week or ?

    3. Can we add this tonic to cooking as well – or is this for drinking only ?

    4. Did you manage to find out what are the health benefits from drinking this “po chau”?

    When you mentioned about this being “Mao Zedong” health drink, I was reminded of my late maternal grandmother who passed away a few years ago at the ripe age of 90+. My aunt mentioned that my late grandmother was a very health conscious lady who would take tonic daily (homemade) and consume nutritious food. This is something I don’t know about her and I regret not getting to know her well and learning up her “recipes”.

    When I was small, she used to make this “rice wine” using “wine biscuits” and glutinous rice (and perhaps with other ingredients as well) and give us a bottle. I enjoyed drinking it and my mother will usually add this rice wine onto a fried egg with julienne ginger strips.

    My only source of this “rice wine” now comes from an ex-neighbour who will do this once a year and give us a bottle. I prefer my grandmother’s concoction which is not too sweet as compared with our ex-neighbour’s version. Do you know if this is the same wine as the one Mao Zedong drinks (I noticed there were no mention of glutinous rice in your recipe)? If this is a different wine, do you know what it is or have the recipe?

    Thank you very much for taking precious time off your busy schedule to read, find out and respond to me. Thank you.

    candice

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Candice ๐Ÿ˜€

      It is okay to ask away any questions here – I am always eager to share information here. ๐Ÿ˜†

      This tonic wine is different from the glutinous rice or raisin wines as the tonic wine is made from Chinese herbs and is more potent for health purposes. I have not tried making the glutinous rice wine before ๐Ÿ˜ณ and so, I don’t have a good recipe. Maybe you can try to Google for it ? ๐Ÿ’ก

      I usually buy my rice wine (previously before I made my own raisin wine, now I use only raisin wine) from Chinese Medicated Halls (“yeok choy poh” in Cantonese) as they have a good range of homemade wines for sale. A bottle is about RM16-00 only. You are lucky to get some from your ex-neighbour. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Heheh, I cannot read Chinese and so, I quoted the English name of the wine that I used for making the tonic wine. I just went to a liquour shop and told the boss there that I want to make tonic wine using Chinese herbs and he recommended that type of wine to me. Maybe it is distilled rice wine? I’m only guessing.. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      This tonic wine can be consumed every day for anybody above 16 years old to the elderly.

      Just take a small quantity (like the size of a Chinese soup spoon or a small Chinese tea cup) mixed with some warm water and drink.

      Can be taken anytime of the day, preferably in between meals so that the stomach can absorb the goodness the tonic wine better.

      Most importantly, this wine is not considered as “heaty” and so it is quite safe to consume.

      This wine is preferably for drinking only but you can use some of it in cooking for when you steam chicken. Then that chicken dish become a tonic chicken dish. Good for health.

      Heheh, I still have not “harvested” my tonic wine yet and still didn’t get a taste of it….I need to make space in my kitchen to keep the bottles of harvested wine…so, I thought I better declutter my kitchen first for Chinese New Year. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      I will comment here on later how the wine tastes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

    I had just updated this post with pictures and comments on the harvesting of the Mao Zedong Tonic Wine.

    Later, I will provide feedback on how and whether this wine has benefitted my family’s health in any way. ๐Ÿ’ก

    With best wishes,

    choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    candice said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Thanks for the narration on the harvesting part, the pictures are really good and descriptive.

    Can you advise how do we store the harvested Po Chau? In the refrigerator or just the cupboard/cabinet will do?

    The same queston applies also to the Raisin Wine (I am really excited and peeps at my glass bottle every now and then, staring at the raisins, wine biscuit particles and squeal with delight when I see bubbles rising to the top hehe).

    I am guessing the reason why it tastes alcoholic to you is because you used a 45% alcohol Chinese rice wine (as seen from the picture above) for this concoction. Perhaps if you use a lower alcohol percentage in your next brew, it might help.

    I was also thinking if the amount of sugar used can be reduced so I guess you may have to check with you healer friend or Chinese Yeok Choy Poh owner if this can help to lessen the sweetness and not affect the effectiveness of this brew.

    candice

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good morning, dear Candice ๐Ÿ˜€

      For both the Raisin and Tonic Wines, just store them at room temperature in a cool place and they will be good – even better tasting over time. ๐Ÿ’ก

      Ah, no wonder the tonic wine is so strong…the alcoholic content is 45%! Hahaha..:lol: But it sure feels good after drinking that little cup full…I could feel it coursing through my body system/blood circulation and I had such a good nap that afternoon. I only drank it that one time as these few days, I am on the boiled pegaga drink…observing how it is affecting my headaches. I am drinking 150 ml instead of 250 ml of boiled pegaga, whereas my husband and children have 250 ml daily over 3 days. I noticed my headaches are lesser in intensity on the second day I drank the pegaga. Last night, there were signs of an impending headache but I didn’t have to take any painkillers to sleep.

      I will check with the Yeok Choy Poh owner and see what he says about high level of alcohol and sugar content in this wine and whether we can reduce them.

      Do have a wonderful week!

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Chris said,

    Thanks Choesf for the update, and a Happy New Year to you too. I’m very interested in these kind of recipes, as I myself have currently got some ่ทŒๆ‰“้…’ (die da jiu/dit da jow) maturing in my wardrobe (he he he..) for kung fu injuries and bruises etc. I should take a picture for you as it’s looking like it’s coming along nicely.

    Do you have any traditional remedies for injuries or the like?

    Once again, love your blog. Chris.

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Chris ๐Ÿ˜€

      Happy New Year to you, too! Heheh, actually the first thought that came to my mind when I opened my jar of Tonic Wine was that it smelled like “Tit Da Jow” ! ๐Ÿ˜† It reminds me of my childhood days when almost every household will have their own concoction of “Tit Da Jow” for rubbing onto bruises and sprains. Wow, you have a recipe for that? Let me know how yours turn out and if it is soothing for sprains and bruises. I am also fascinated with homemade “Tit Da Jow:. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m afraid I don’t have any traditional remedies for injuries. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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        Chris said,

        Hi Choesf,

        Yes I have been collecting and collating recipes for die da jiu from various sources for a while – sorting out the authentic from the dangerous. I have one basic recipe that I got from a book that I decided to use as a test, with the mind that I could add different ingredients to it later to increase the strength of it if it was no good. It uses ingredients common to all the recipes I have found so that wouldn’t be a problem.

        Unfortunately if I don’t use die da jiu when doing kung fu sparring I will bruise very badly, but in a way that will be good as we will see if the recipe is effective. ๐Ÿ™‚
        I will share the recipe and my findings with you once I’ve tried it properly, as I wouldn’t want to give you a duff recipe that didn’t work. Maybe I will even write a post on my blog that I’m starting, so people can make their own.

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        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Good morning, dear Chris ๐Ÿ˜€

        Congratulations on your new blog! My 2 teenage sons love music.

        Ah, you are the perfect person to try out the “tit da jow” on your bruises and sprains. Yesterday, I asked my husband what do we call that in English? Tit da jow came about during those days when different martial arts schools have their own recipes or concoctions of medicinal/herbal wine (wine for its alcohol rubbing effect and to infuse the herbs with) to aid bruises and sprains obtained by their students during classes. Hmmm…later I will go look in the Internet for more information on this Tit Da Jow. ๐Ÿ˜†

        Looking forward to your findings ….

        With best wishes,

        choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Linda said,

    Dear Choesf:
    Your blog is amazing! very interesting posts and helpful tips. I was doing a search for Ho yan hor tea and I came across your blog.
    I am really interested in this homemade formula. I really wanted to see the ingredients but the link was not working for me when I click on “Mao Zedong Tonic Wine.” Can you send me the ingredients or list them. thank you.

    cheers,
    Linda

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Linda ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you for your kind comments. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The herbs required for making the wine are listed in the top picture – it’s a Chinese prescription.

      The rest of the ingredients needed such as the wine and sugar are shown in the other pictures. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m sorry I don’t know the English names for the herbs. I just made a copy of that Chinese formula and showed it to the owner of the Chinese Medical Hall/Shop. They will know how to put the herbs together for you using that formula.

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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        Linda said,

        Thank you for your quick response, choesf. I can only speak Chinese (hakkanese and cantonese) and not read or write. I am actually studying TCM, so I will bring this prescription to school and get it translated next week. generally, we add licorice to sweeten the decoction and to harmonizing all the herbs. Sugar is never added. hmm, i am curious and i will find out next week to see if my instructor can give me any feedback on that.

        Cheers,
        Linda

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        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hello there, dear Linda ๐Ÿ˜€

        Wow, you are taking TCM classes? That’s very good! I find that these days, TCM works better than Western medicine. It would be good if you can get it translated. I can’t read nor write nor speak Chinese/Mandarin. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

        With best wishes,

        choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    candice said,

    Hi Choesf !!

    It’s me again… I am now (almost) ready to prepare this Po Chau but have a few questions for you :

    1. The recipe was written in old traditional chinese characters, something some of us will have trouble deciphering since we are mostly exposed to simplified chinese characters in this part of the world… I have tried getting my daughter and colleague to decipher the recipe but only managed to translate some of them (some of them are “guess” work), and even this translation is not “confirmed” as the recipe, although appears “neat”, it was really hard trying to figure out the exact chinese characters.

    Do you know if your regular Yeok Choy Poh store-owner (or anyone good in traditional chinese characters) can help to translate it to simplified chinese characters and even better still, into English version ? I would be happy if this recipe can also be “converted” into the metric weighing system =)

    2. You have advised that you were making double portion of the recipe, which means that everything will be doubled. However, you have indicated 500 gm sugar so I am puzzled as to 500 gm sugar for double or single portion ?

    3. There are a total of 22 ingredients in your recipe however there was no mention of sugar so I am wondering if sugar was intentionally included to make this Po Chau easier to drink.

    If my guess is correct, then I am sure we should be able to reduce the sugar to suit our taste buds otherwise 500 gm sugar is really very very sweet – even assuming if we are making double portion of this recipe.

    I was told that 24-flavour tea (ya-say-mey cha) is really very bitter (I dare not drink this after being informed how bitter this tea really is). I am assuming there is no sugar added to this in order to make it very potent. So this 24-flavour tea should be close to the Po Chau, taste-wise I mean.

    4. I have bought a 3-litre glass bottle (I am thinking of making double portion which means 4 bottles x 640 ml rice wine = 2,560 ml = 2.560 litres).

    Did you notice any gas build-up when making this Po Chau ? Do I have to “release” the gas build-up say like every few days or so ? Any need to stir
    the herbs every few days?

    Did the liquid level increased ? If yes, then I may have to consider making the Po Chau in a 4-litre bottle.

    Thank you Choesf for taking valuable time to answer my questions.

    Kong Hei Fatt Choy to you and your family !!

    candice

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Candice ๐Ÿ˜€

      Long time no “chat” here. ๐Ÿ˜†

      Here in Malaysia, only the younger generation knows the simplified Chinese language and most of the older generation knows the traditional Chinese. The boss of the Chinese medical hall that I went to is an old man and he knows only the traditional Chinese. I’m not sure if he knows the new one. I will ask him next time. I still haven’t bought the raisin wine ingredients from him yet to make my wine. Same with the measuring system of the hers – old school type, not metric. This prescription is more than 30 years old. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      Linda, who has just joined this comments thread, is going to bring this prescription formula to have it translated, hopefully, we will know what are the ingredients.

      The sugar part is only 1 kati (actually 600gms?) to be added to 1 portion of the prescription formula herbs. I used 1 kilo for 2 portions. According to the boss of the medical hall, his version of the prescription has sugar included.

      I have not tasted “yar sei mei” before and so, do not know how bitter it can be ๐Ÿ˜ณ …but I can take bitter stuff. ๐Ÿ˜† This tonic wine is not bitter at all…very herbal and extremely alcoholic! ๐Ÿ˜†

      The amount of wine harvested did not increase but decreased by about 15% due to the absorption of alcohol by the herbs. I still have the leftover herbs and am wondering what to do with them. A friend suggested that I buy 1 more bottle of wine to add in and then let it mature for another 2 months. This is to draw out all the goodness from the herbs. Then combine with the older wine.

      There is no gas buildup at all and no need to stir the wine after preparing it. Just keep in some dark corner and wait for harvesting time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Kong Hei Fatt Choy to you and your family, too!

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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        Linda said,

        Hi choesf,
        Here is the list of ingredients and dosage for the tonic. I emailed a classmate and she was able to translate the ingredients for me. The last two ingredients, I need to check with my instructor to make sure the characters are exact. I figured I would post this now for you (and your bloggers) viewing.
        If interested, here are a few sites to check individual herbs functions, actions, temp, dosage, etc.
        http://alternativehealing.org/herb_index_Latin_A.htm
        http://sacredlotus.com/

        list of herbs:

        -Shu Di 3
        -Rou Gui 2
        -Chen Pi 3
        -Qiang Huo 2
        -Gou Ji 3
        -Fu Ling 2
        -Fang Feng 2
        -Suan Zao Ren 5
        -Yu Zhu 2
        -Du Zhong 3
        -Mu Gua 3
        -Chuan Xiong 2
        -Wei Ling Xiang 2
        -Da Zao 2
        -Sha Shen 5
        -Qian Hu 2
        -Bai Shao 3
        -Gan Cao 3
        -Da Hui 3?? ba jiao hui xiang ๅ…ซ่ง’่Œด้ฆ™ star anise-will check
        -Niu Qi (Xi?) 2 -will check

        Gung Hay Fat Choy,
        Linda

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      • 24

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Sorry, dear Linda, for repeating your posts… ๐Ÿ˜ณ …I think because of the links, it went into my SPAM box. Anyway, your information is so important that I decided to post the 2 of them here for the other visitors’ information. ๐Ÿ˜†

        Gung Hei Fat Choy to you, too.

        With best wishes,

        choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

        P.S. By the way, which country are you from?

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      • 25

        Linda said,

        Hi choesf,
        Somehow my first post didn’t show. here it goes, again. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Hi choesf,
        I got a classmate to translate the herbs for me. I need to check on the last two herbs to make sure they are exact, otherwise, the rest are pretty familiar herbs.
        If interested, you can go to these sites to get the functions, actions, dosage, contraindications, etc. on these herbs.

        http://alternativehealing.org/chinese_herbs_dictionary.htm
        http://www.sacredlotus.com/

        List of herbs:
        -Shu Di 3
        -Rou Gui 2
        -Chen Pi 3
        -Qiang Huo 2
        -Gou Ji 3
        -Fu Ling 2
        -Fang Feng 2
        -Suan Zao Ren 5
        -Yu Zhu 2
        -Du Zhong 3
        -Mu Gua 3
        -Chuan Xiong 2
        -Wei Ling Xiang 2
        -Da Zao 2
        -Sha Shen 5
        -Qian Hu 2
        -Bai Shao 3
        -Gan Cao 3
        -Da Hui 3?? ba jiao hui xiang ๅ…ซ่ง’่Œด้ฆ™ star anise
        -Niu Qi (Xi?) 2

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        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hello there, dear Linda ๐Ÿ˜€

        Ah, you are my saviour and angel here! Thank you so much for translating the herbal ingredients into English. Candice will be very happy to know of the translation, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        There was one ingredient which was the inner shavings of cinnamon sticks…the Chinese Medical Hall boss said that’s the expensive part of the herbs…he said the insides of the cinnamon barks are more aromatic and effective as a herb.

        Thank you for the links, too…it is a good source for us to find out more about Chinese herbs and their contraindications. ๐Ÿ˜€

        With best wishes,

        choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    candice said,

    *SOMERSAULTS* hehehe

    About the inner shavings of cinnamon… yes, the medical shop owner asked me the same thing too… he asked if I would like to have the “normal” or “more expensive” one when I was there at his shop… I remember telling him “just follow the recipe” and later on he asked me again so I said “normal”…

    and guess what, after waiting some time (about 10 mins or so) for his assistant to pack the ingredients for me (she was busy then), she approached the owner to check on the same inner shavings of cinnamon and he told her to pack the “more expensive” type for me…

    must have been the miraclbe vegetable soup I have been drinking that made me so “appealing” HAHAHAHA

    candice

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good morning, dear Candica ๐Ÿ˜€

      Heheh, in the end, your got the same type of cinnamon stick shavings like I did although it is not mentioned in the prescription formula. ๐Ÿ˜† Wah, your miracle vegetable soup must be working very well for you hor. ๐Ÿ˜†

      Yesterday night, I started drinking this tonic wine again….wow, it is still so sweet after mixing with water. I am very definite now that for my next batch of tonic wine, I will reduce the sugar by half or omit it altogether. My husband is a diabetic and this wine will be too sweet for him. ๐Ÿ™„

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. 29

    Linda said,

    Hello choesf and all, sorry for not posting the final list sooner. here are all the single herbs for this tonic. i missed some herbs with the first posting, this one should include all of them.
    i have a question about the inner shaving of the rou gui (cinnamon), is this used as a substitute for the cinnamon listed? does anyone know the chinese name of the cinnamon shaving?
    TIA-Linda

    -Shu Di 3
    -Rou Gui 2
    -Chen Pi 3
    -Qiang Huo 2
    -Gou Ji 3
    -Fu Ling 2
    -Fang Feng 2
    -Suan Zao Ren 5
    -Yu Zhu 2
    -Du Zhong 3
    -Mu Gua 3
    -Chuan Xiong 2
    -Wei Ling Xiang 2
    -Da Zao 2
    -Sha Shen 5
    -Qian Hu 2
    -Bai Shao 3
    -Gan Cao 3
    -qin jiao 2
    -Da Hui 3 ba jiao hui xiang ๅ…ซ่ง’่Œด้ฆ™ star anise
    -Niu xi 2
    -xu duan 2

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Linda ๐Ÿ˜€

      No need to apologise there … I am very grateful that you took the time to post the ingredients in English/Hanyu Pin Yin (?) here for the benefit of those of us who can’t read Chinese. ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜†

      I don’t know what’s the name of the inner shavings of the cinnamon stick/called … if you look at the photo of the bottle – I have put in the cinnamon shavings first as per instructions from the gentleman boss. Because it’s expensive, he said putting that right at the bottom of the bottle, followed by other herbs, will make sure that they are all infused properly. ๐Ÿ’ก

      There is another important point to this Mao Zedong Tonic Wine – I had forgotten all about it until yesterday when my diabetic husband went for a blood sugar test. My friend who recommended this wine said that it is also very effective in controlling blood sugar levels and is good for diabetics. It may even heal diabetes. His recipe doesn’t contain sugar at all.

      On Thursday night, I gave my husband one “dose” of the tonic wine and that was all I gave him so far. On Sunday, he went for a blood sugar test at our family clinic and he was very happy to find his blood sugar level (fasting) is now within the normal range at 5.9. A few months back, his fasting sugar level was 6.5. Mine was 5.6. He is on diabetes medication. So, I’m not sure if the tonic wine is really so effective or not. My husband doesn’t follow a diabetic’s diet – he still eats like a normal person. ๐Ÿ™„

      A word of caution here – take this tonic wine at your own risks. On Friday, my husband said he suddenly felt very dizzy for a moment in the afternoon when he was taking a lift down. We are still not sure what caused that to happen but my husband suspects he was having a low blood sugar level. His regular doctor wasn’t in when he took his blood test but he will try to find out more information next week.

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  13. 31

    rod said,

    hell everyone.
    nice blog on a very esoteric area. thank you for sharing this wonderful tonic. it is especially good since it was used by mao zedong. i think it wuld benefit the elderly greatly.
    i have co-authored 2 books with one of my brothers on this very subject. we have included over 60 external tit da jow formulas in the first and arund 30 internal formulas int he second. they can both be purchased on amazon. the titles are
    “ancient martial formulas for health and healing, 1 and 2. 1 is the externals and 2 is the internals.

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    • 32

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Rod ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you for your comments on this tonic wine and for recommending some ancient martial formulas for health and healing. ๐Ÿ’ก

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  14. 33

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear friends ๐Ÿ˜€

    Wow, my husband was prescribed a bottle of Chinese Tonic Wine for improving blood circulation and removing wind for RM200 last Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ It was very expensive for a 750ml bottle of tonic wine but it was very effective. My husband’s pains around his neck, upper left shoulder and arm areas were slowly going away and my husband is now off his strong painkillers.

    That tonic wine was made by a Chinese Physician who said he used some type of Chinese liqueur and many types of herbs and was double-boiled. It smelled like the tonic wine we made here but I can’t be sure as I am not an expert in Chinese herbs. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    I am thinking that since that prescribed Tonic Wine is so expensive and it is so good for removing wind…I have to find some way to see if I can get the recipe for it. Definitely not from this Chinese Physician as he is charging a lot for his tonic wine and he will surely be reluctant to impart his recipe. I am going to find the elderly gentleman boss of the medical hall/shop in my area. I have not got my raisin wine supplies yet from him yet and I will ask about the Tonic Wine For Wind recipe when I see him. He told me he has many recipes for “Tonic Wines”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So, my homemade Tonic Wine is really worth a lot of money, I think! ๐Ÿ˜†

    With best wishes,

    choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  15. 34

    Barbara said,

    Dear Mrs choesf ๐Ÿ™‚

    First of all, I’d like to thank you for sharing all your recipes and knowledge here..I have been your fan since year 2007 ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your recipe for the 5-color soup is one of my all-time favorite, and have since been sharing it with many friends and relatives too ๐Ÿ™‚

    To my surprise, I even found Dosanko recipes from your blog, I have recently found out that AFC is airing such a great program, and I do agree with you that the Japanese Chef has really simple yet healthy recipes.

    You’re such a wonderful person, and you explain everything in great
    detail ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again for sharing and may you keep up the good spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

    With best wishes,
    Barbara ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • 35

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Barbara ๐Ÿ˜€

      Wow, you have made me very happy with your compliments and encouragement for my blog. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you to you, too, for making my blog a success with your regular visits since 2007. You must be a pioneer visitor when my blog started….heheh, consider it as us having a virtual cup of tea of coffee whenever you drop in. ๐Ÿ˜†

      Oh, I love the Dosanko Cooking shows but it ended very shortly on the AFC channel here. Ah, simplicity in cooking is the best when it is combined with love and passion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Take care and stay healthy! ๐Ÿ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  16. 36

    Johnny said,

    Hi there my friends and anyhelpful sinsehs,

    I wonder whether a chameleon can be used to treat any weakness in health, especially a dried one. I ask this because I always see the tail as very rigid and stiff. The thought of it as of any help on kidneys because the chameleon also has kidneys I suppose it is small but strong.

    If I am asking a nonsensical question please disregard it and consider to overide that I never asked.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Regards & best wishes to all,

    Johnny

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    • 37

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Johnny ๐Ÿ˜€

      Wow, that sure was a really interesting query and comment. ๐Ÿ˜† I’m not sure how to reply to that ๐Ÿ˜ณ … but maybe someone else here may like to comment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. 38

    Alex said,

    I am thinking the high amount of sugar may be used as a preservative. any thoughts on this?

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    • 39

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Alex ๐Ÿ˜€

      You may have a good point there. I was thinking the next time I make this wine, I will use brown sugar in place of white sugar. I will also ask the boss of the Chinese Medical Hall if he knows the role of the sugar in this wine. ๐Ÿ’ก

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. 40

    Marta said,

    The brown sugar sometimes colored. If you go to any health store, you will found real organic, unrefined sugar. Not to expensive and I’m sure is worth that. Sorry, if my English not good, I’m Hungarian.

    Best Wishes, and thank you the great recipe, I will try that too.

    Marta

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    • 41

      Hi there, dear Marta from Hungary ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you very much for your helpful information on getting real, organic unrefined sugar for making this tonic wine. I will be sure to use that for my next batch of wine – I still have 1 bottle left. I noticed that when I was drinking this wine (about 10 ml each time) before I go to bed at night, my energy levels were improved. ๐Ÿ’ก

      I’m not sure if you can find these herbs, but if there is a Chinatown there, then perhaps you can make this tonic wine, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Do have a wonderful day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  19. 42

    Dilshodbek said,

    Good day to whom it may concern,
    my name is Dilshodbek.
    i’m from the Uzbekistan
    we persuade a chinese medicine as the first in the world,
    that’s why i decided to write about our problem to you;
    Nowadays we have a serious problem;
    yesterday my brother reached a daughter,
    but with a serious corn on her rear back side,
    if you could contact to me i’d sent you photos
    of her desease , waiting for your reply asap ,
    sincerely yours,
    Dilshodbek

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    • 43

      Hi there, dear Dilshodbek

      I’m very sorry to hear of the serious growth on your daughter. However, I am not a Chinese Physician and therefore, I am sorry I am unable to help you. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      With best wishes,

      choesf

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  20. 44

    […] not stopping there, I found a great recipe for another batch here. This site has a jpg you can print out with the formula. It costs $15 in the united states to make […]

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  21. 45

    Michelle Elise said,

    Hi Choesf, I have follow your blog for several months, your recipe on Dong Sum Tonic, Miracle Vegetable Soup and other healing foods, soups and drinks are very helpful. In your post #30, did your husband had his diabetic medication when he take the blood sugar test? One year after that post, may I know if your husband managed to get his blood sugar level under control or he is free from diabetic medication? Thank you very much for sharing your wisdom and knowledge, it helps a lot as I’m living abroad. Good day (^_^)

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    • 46

      Hi there, dear Michelle ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you for your following my blog ๐Ÿ˜€ .

      Unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜ณ , my husband is still on his diabetic medicine after his blood sugar level was found to be the same. It will be difficult for him to go off his medication, even with this tonic wine because he doesn’t watch his diet – he still consume cakes, candies, biscuits, rice, sugar, etc. ๐Ÿ™„

      However, his blood pressure reading is good and normalised now (he’s still on the same amount of medication) around 120/80. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Well, given his non-diabetic, uncontrolled diet, I would say his blood sugar level is not bad at 6.8 and it didn’t shoot off to a high level, I guess. ๐Ÿ˜†

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. 47

    Sam said,

    Hi happyhomemaker88

    Can I double check with you regarding the Chinese words translation for the recipe above is that correct? Sorry my reading on Chinese almost 0.

    -Shu Di 3 ็†Ÿๅœฐ้ป„
    -Rou Gui 2 ่‚‰ๆก‚
    -Chen Pi 3 ้™ณ็šฎ
    -Qiang Huo 2 ็พŒๆดป
    -Gou Ji 3 ็‹—่„Š
    -Fu Ling 2 ่Œฏ ่‹“
    -Fang Feng 2 ้˜ฒ้ขจ
    -Suan Zao Ren 5 ้…ธๆฃ—ไป
    -Yu Zhu 2 ็Ž‰็ซน
    -Du Zhong 3 ๆœ ไปฒ
    -Mu Gua 3 ๆœจ็“œ
    -Chuan Xiong 2 ๅท ่ŠŽ
    -Wei Ling Xiang 2 ๅจ้ˆไป™
    -Da Zao 2 ๅคง ๆฃ—
    -Sha Shen 5 ๆฒ™ ๅƒ
    -Qian Hu 2 ๅ‰่ƒก
    -Bai Shao 3 ็™ฝ่Š
    -Gan Cao 3 ็”˜่‰
    -qin jiao 2 ็งฆ่‰ฝ
    -Da Hui 3 ba jiao hui xiang ๅ…ซ่ง’่Œด้ฆ™ star anise
    -Niu xi 2 ็‰›่†
    -xu duan 2 ็บŒๆ–ท

    I have a question about the number beside the herbal for example -Shu Di 3 ็†Ÿๅœฐ้ป„ stand for 3gram or? Thanks

    Sam

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    • 48

      Hi there, dear Sam ๐Ÿ˜€

      Heheh, my Chinese is also almost 0 like you. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      I am not sure what the number means…I just brought a printout of this Chinese prescription formula to a Chinese Medicine Shop and gave it to the boss there to “fill up the prescription”. It turned out that he also have the same prescription formula in his old record book. His shop is along the same row as McDonald’s in PJ Old Town. Sorry, I forgot the name of the shop but it is the only Chinese Medicine Shop there.

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  23. 49

    iris said,

    Hi there:
    I am so grateful for your recipes to produce these tonic and tinctures. I am having problems to click on Mao Zedong tonic wine recipe. The link is not working from my page. Please if you can share with me. the recipe.
    i will be grateful.

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    • 50

      iris said,

      Sorry, i just read the forum about Chinese Tonic Wine recipe. It is in Chinese, I would take this Chinese Prescription to a person who understands it.

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    • 51

      Hi there, dear Iris ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear there ๐Ÿ˜ณ – the “recipe” is actually the instructions on how to put together the herbs. There is no link attached to “Mao Zedong Tonic Wine”. The prescription formula in Chinese at the top of the page is what you need to show to the Chinese Herbal/Medicine Shop and they will pack the required herbs for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  24. 52

    Tan said,

    Thank you for willing to share your combination herbal formula Mao Zedong to the public. Not easy to get knowledge from someonebfor free, I personally see no public knowledge of ancestral inheritance
    and in terms of knowledge like most of some use the opportunity to do business. Fortunately able to find your blogs about herbal tonic wine choesf Mao Zedong herbal, long time I bought a bottle of herbal wine with friends price RM85 size glass bottles of sarsi. Now I can use herbal formula choesf wine from Mao Zedong to make herbal wine and drink. I want to ask whether the herbal soak in mineral water as well as wine.

    Tan Lai Man

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    • 53

      Hi there, dear Tan Lai Mun ๐Ÿ˜€

      You are most welcome to the Chinese prescription for the Mao Zedong tonic wine. There are many special Chinese herbal formulae that are cheap and effective. I have a few more that was given to me more than 20 years ago – but I have to go search for them. One is for healing gastric pains. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D:

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  25. 54

    Tan Raymond said,

    Nice and easy to follow. Think we could reduce the sugar or increase the wine, byt the French wine Dom is akso very sweet. Guess the sugar must be used for a reason, not just for sweetening. However hope there are someone here can translate the recipe to English so that I could understand.
    Very nice of you to share. Thank you..

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    • 55

      Hi there, dear Raymond ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yes, I agree with you that the high amount of sugar used must be for a reason…but I definitely would cut it down at least by a third. The list of ingredients have in Chinese has only been “converted” to Hanyu Pinyin English version of Chinese…one would probably have to translate that further to the English names of the herbs ๐Ÿ˜ณ

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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  26. 56

    Rick said,

    hello ,
    nice to find this formula.
    I have given the formula to the local herb supplier and he gave the following dosages for the herbs

    -Shu Di 9 gr
    -Rou Gui 6 gr *
    -Chen Pi 9 gr
    -Qiang Huo 6 gr
    -Gou Ji 9gr
    -Fu Ling 6 gr
    -Fang Feng 6gr
    -Suan Zao Ren 15 gr
    -Yu Zhu 6 gr
    -Du Zhong 9 gr
    -Mu Gua 9 gr
    -Chuan Xiong 6 gr
    -Wei Ling Xiang 6 gr
    -Da Zao 6 gr
    -Sha Shen 15 gr
    -Qian Huo 6gr
    -Bai Shao 9 gr
    -Gan Cao 9 gr *
    -qin jiao 6 gr
    -Da Hui 3 ba jiao hui xiang ๅ…ซ่ง’่Œด้ฆ™ star anise 9 gr
    -Niu xi 9 gr
    -xu duan 6 gr

    The dosage of the herbs marked with an * was not totally clear.
    Gan cao have an regulating effect on the other herbs in the formula so 9 grams should be ok.
    Rou gui has a warm quality so 6 gr or lesser should be ok.

    Stating that the formula is not “Warm” is not totally true as the formula is prepared in alcohol which will give the wine a more Yang quality.

    I have used just regular white wine with 12.5 % alcohol but I am not sure if this will be enough for extracting the healthy properties of the herbs. Well I will know in about 2 months ill guess ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve added (as mentioned on another website)

    – he shou wu 9 gr
    – bai sai Shen 6 Gr

    kind regards

    Rick

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    • 57

      Hi, Rick ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you so much for your input regarding this tonic formula and for “translating” it. You are right, although the herbs are not considered as “heaty” or “warm”…the alcohol preparation will make it more heaty. Hope you will enjoy your tonic wine when it is ready in 2 months! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Happy New Year!

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • 58

      Nick Grant said,

      Hello! Suppose I am the first to make a comment for 2017? Hah so I have a question for Rick or Choesf – I have been eye-balling this recipe for at least a year now. I am so humbled and blown away to have followed this feed and find the hard work of many translating and providing measurements for this recipe. I’ve spoken of it and similar internal tonics to my friends and fam for a while now and all of them are wanting me to make them some. So I’ve finally placed a huge order for all of the herbs; super excited about it and to spread both the knowledge and good health of it all.

      My question is in perhaps needing some help and/or direction here, as there were a few ingredients I simply was unable to find anywhere online. The ingredients were: Qian Huo (not to be confused with Qaing Huo) and Bai Sai Shen. Could somebody please point me the in the right direction, if possible, as to where I could locate these ingredients? Or if there is an alternative? Even if it’s in providing a local email, site, or number I could call of an herb shop by you where you know these can be had.

      My goal is to have as pure of a source recipe as possible. I would love to be able to have my mixture as correct as possible. Your time and help is of course appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers

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      • 59

        Hi there, Rick ๐Ÿ˜€

        Yes, you are the first one to comment here in 2017! Lol!

        I am sorry, I am not able confirm if some of the herbs can be replaced. Which country are you from? I am in Malaysia. Maybe you can write to some of those Traditional Chinese Medicine websites that also sell herbs online if they can sell/deliver the herbs as per the tonic formula above to you?

        Hope someone else here may be able to help you as well.

        Have a great weekend!

        With best wishes,

        choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • 60

        Nick Grant said,

        Hey Choesf,

        Thanks for the reply! I am in the United States. I am happy I was able to order most of the ingredients, minus one or two. I will try your advice and reach out to some herb companies online. Your blog has such a treasured jewel in my opinion that I will of course stay tuned to see if anybody comes up with another rabbit from their magic hat. Thanks again!

        Have a great weekend yourself; around the world!

        Best Regards,

        Nick

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      • 61

        You are most welcome, Nick! Hope you will get some help and be able to make make this tonic wine soon! You have a great weekend ahead, too! ๐Ÿ˜

        With best wishes,

        choesf ๐Ÿ˜

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  27. 62

    Michele said,

    I found your site looking for the Spring Wine Tonic Recipe. But for whatever reason I cannot click onto the recipe. Please advise.

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    • 63

      Hi there, Michele ๐Ÿ˜€

      For the ingredients, you save the image and print out the recipe as the tonic wine formula. The instructions for preparing the wine are in my post.

      With best wishes,

      choesf ๐Ÿ˜€

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