Ingredient Name:  Rhizoma Alismatis, Water Plantain Tuber

Traditional Chinese Name: 泽泻 (zé xiè)

What is this?

  • A tuber used in traditional chinese medicine for its “cold” properties
  • It is harvested in the winter and, after removing the roots and bark, it is soaked in water, cut into slices and dried in the sun
  • It has a bland, slightly sweet taste

How do I prepare it?

  • Soak for one hour, rinse in water and put directly into your soup.

Where can I buy this?

  • You can buy this from asian dried herb shops and some asian supermarkets.

What is the cost?

  • This is a relatively inexpensive ingredient and costs under $2 CAD for the amount pictured above.

Any benefits?

  • Used to induce diuresis and excrete dampness
  • It is “cold” and excellent for clearing heat and removing fire
  • Typically used for urinary disorders
  • Used to treat edema in the legs
  • Considered helpful in lowering elevated cholesterol levels
  • Can be used to balance “heaty” foods or herbs in the same soup or dish.

Any precautions?

  • Consuming too much or too frequently may result in electrolyte imbalance, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain