How to Prepare Chinese Herbal Tea

Updated: Jun 8

Many of our patients were unfamiliar with how to prepare the prescribed herbs and make herbal tea. This article shows us how.


Required Ingredients and Tools


  1. Herbs

  2. Measuring cup

  3. Strainer

  4. Pot – preferably glass, stainless steel or clay pot (avoid aluminum)

  5. Honey (optional – you may add honey according to taste)

Directions

  1. Empty one packet of herbs into a pot. Rinse the herbs once with water. Strain water out.

  2. Add 4 cups of water. Water should be at least one inch above the herbs.

  3. Soak the herbs for 3 minutes at room temperature or 2-3 hours refrigerated. (Dry mixture may absorb about a half cup of the water)

  4. Cover pot, bring the pot to a boil.

  5. Once boiling, lower the heat. Simmer (small bubbling) 30 minutes.

  6. Pour liquid off, straining into a glass container. This may yield one cup of tea.

  7. Repeat step #2, adding 2 cups water to herbs in the cooking pot.

  8. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

  9. Pour off, straining into a glass and mixing with tea from first cooking. Altogether, the yield is about 2 cups of tea. If the volume is too little, repeat step #2 for a further yield of tea. If the volume is too much, let simmer a longer period of time.

  10. Store the herbal tea in the refrigerator. Warm-up before drinking. If necessary, you may add honey to taste.

Dosage and Use:

  1. Use one bag of herbs for 1 or 2 days according to your practitioner’s instructions. If 2 times each day: Divide the total volume of herbal tea into 2 parts. Drink one part twice each day. If 3 times each day: Divide the total volume of herbal tea into 3 parts. Drink one part three times each day.

  2. Drink 1 cup tea an hour before or after meals according to your practitioner’s instructions.

These instructions are available here (PDF). You may also enjoy this video which shows you in detail how to prepare your Chinese herbs.