With camping and hiking season well on its way, now is a good time to update your first aid kit. Chinese herbal medicine can offer some great additions to the traditional survival pack.
Yunnan Baiyao is a traditional hemostatic (stop bleeding) powder in the Chinese herbal pharmacy. It is used by lightly dusting the cut/wound with the powder and has been shown to shorten bleeding and clotting time. The product usually comes with a red pill that can be swallowed in case of emergency (internal or serious bleeding). As well as keeping this powder in my first aid kit I also carry it in each car. As a mother of a 7 year old boy I like to be prepared.
(Please seek medical help immediately if injury is severe)
More info on this product can be found at www.activeherb.com.
Ching wan hung is an amazing Chinese herbal burn cream. Frankincense and myrrh are 2 of the active ingredients in this product. I like to mix this product with colloidal silver, another product used for burns. In my personal experience they work even better together.
Fun Fact: Frankincense and Myrrh are called Ru Xiang and Mo Yao, respectively in Chinese. They are used to invigorate the blood, promote movement of Qi, alleviate pain, reduce swelling and generate flesh. 0-99900
This product can be easily found online. My trusted source is LhasaOMS.com
It’s getting hot out. A really delicious way to prevent overheating is to eat watermelon. The green part in between the peel and the fruit is especially effective. It is also a tasty treat for kids at sports events where overheating will be more likely.
Coconut water is a great way to rehydrate. It has the same electrolyte balance as our blood plasma, and is nature’s pedialyte and Gatorade (without the artificial colors and extra additives).
Fun fact: The Chinese name for watermelon is Xi Gua (xi gua pi-watermelon peel/rind) and is indicated in Chinese Medicine for clearing summer heat and relieving thirst:)