3 to 4 people
20g bamboo leaves (washed)
400g winter melon, skin removed, cut into small chunks (tip: you may include the seeds of the winter melon for diuretic effect)
3 thin slices of ginger
1500ml of clean, filtered water
- Fill a pot with the clean filtered water and bring to a boil.
- Place the rest of the ingredients into the pot.
- Bring to a boil again, then lower heat and simmer for at least half an hour.
- Serve hot or warm.
How this recipe helps your kidney:
From a traditional chinese medicine point of view:
The ginger here helps to neutralise the “cold” foods (bamboo and winter melon) as a balance of “heaty” and “cooling” is said to maintain a good health.
From a western point of view:
The dysfunction of the kidney can cause water retention. Bamboo leaves helps to excrete the excess water in the body via the kidney. It has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties.
Winter melon helps to reduce the serum creatinine level which is normally high in kidney disease patients. By eliminating toxins and excess water through frequent urination, the function of the kidney could be improved.
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