Discover the benefits of the orange peel - Health - Jamaica Gleaner - Wednesday | April 4, 2012 http://alternativemedicinebushdoctor.blogspot.com/
In a prime example of the meeting of two worlds or in this
case, the meeting of two traditional medicines, we have what is known as
chen pi in traditional Chinese medicine and orange peel in Jamaican
ethno-medicine, found in many a Jamaican kitchen being hung out to dry.
(Tangerine peel also has the same benefits).
traditional Chinese medicine and Jamaican ethno-medicine, the health
benefits of chen pi are many, making it a staple in the homes of both
the East and West. Its main benefits lie in its aid of digestive and
respiratory functions. This is in addition to being a very aromatic and
Chinese medicine, we talk about the stagnation of the free flow of
energy (qi) in the digestive .
This results in the reversal of the intended downward flow of digestive
qi, known as 'rebellious qi', leading to symptoms
such as belching, nausea, vomiting, abdominal
fullness, distension and even pain. In some cases, there is also a poor
appetite, indigestion, a feeling of oppression in the chest and loose
stool. Chen pi helps to relieve these symptoms by regulating and
improving the transporting function of the digestive system.
Mucus, 'cold' or phlegm is a common complaint,
whether manifesting as a post-nasal drip, nasal congestion, sinus
congestion, hawking or coughing up of mucus which seems to be lodged in
either the throat or chest area. Benefit is derived as chen pi helps to
not only relieve coughing symptoms, but also to dry and dissolve mucus.
This herb is not indicated for coughs that are dry, hot or produce blood
or yellow/green mucus.
the selection of any herb or fruit good quality is key. It is important
to ensure that the fruit is free of pesticides and other chemicals
which may be harmful. So, if you or your neighbour has an orange or
tangerine tree free of chemical treatment, feel free to try this as a
Tea preparation & dosage
Once you have selected your ripe fruit, peel it and hang to dry. This
does not mean that you cannot use the fresh skin, but the dried skin is
preferable, as chen pi, literally means 'aged peel', so the longer it is
stored and aged the stronger its functions.
2. Boil the peel of
one medium-sized orange in approximately four cups of water for 15
3. This tea may be taken up to three times daily over two
As with any food or
herbal tea being ingested, persons with certain pre-existing conditions
will need to exercise
caution when consuming. If you spit up blood, experience extreme
fatigue or feelings of heat and/or dryness along with coughing or are
hypertensive you should first consult an oriental medicine practitioner
or medical doctor.
Orange trees are abundant in Jamaica, so enjoy
and discover a new path to health and well-being!
Brown is an oriental medicine practitioner, herbalist and doctor of
acupuncture; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
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