It is called Po Yin Tan and she told me that she got it for RM3. I actually talked to several 'aunties' about this and they have heard about it and 'swear' by its goodness!
So, I did my research on the ingredients...coz for the life of me if I google search Po Yin Tan or Poh Ying Tan etc. etc. I can't find anything beneficial written about it!
1) Rhizoma Gastrodia Elata
Gastrodia is a preparation made from the rhizome or tuber of an orchid, Gastrodia elata. It is a member of the Orchidaceae family. Gastrodia elata is a native of the Far East; its natural areas of distribution include Tibet, western China, Korea, and Japan.
2) Radix Siler Divaricatum
When I google image searched this, the picture that initially came up was "Hor Yan Ho" ! This herb can also be found in this herbal tea which as adults we commonly drunk when we have sorethroats!
But this is how the plant looks like actually !
Edible parts of this plant are the leaves. They can be easten raw or cooked. The leaves contain 1.7% protein, 0.3% fat, 4.7% carbohydrate and 1.3% ash.
Medicinal Use : Antipyretic, antiseptic, diaphoretic, carminative and antitoxin[147, 176, 178]. It is used in the treatment of influenza, headaches, chills, rheumatoid numbness, joint pains and tetanus.
3) Herba Mentha Arvensis is commonly known as Chinese Mint.
It is a valuable antiseptic and has effective asthma medication
4) Margarita Hyriopsis - it is actually a Pearl!
Margarita is the Latin name. Hyriopsis marks the origin it is taken from – Hyriopsis cumingii (lea), Unionidae.
1.Tranquilizing the mind and arresting convulsion. Pearl is used in the treatment of epilepsy, palpitation due to fright, acute febrile infantile convulsion, etc. Some people take the mixture of pearl powder and honey to treat restlessness and panic.
2.Improving acuity of vision and removing nebula.It is applied in the treatment of conjunctivitis, pterygium, nebula and astringent pain in the eyes. It may be taken orally, however it is usually used as eye drops in combination with other medicines.
3.Removing toxic substances and promoting granulation. Pearl is prescribed to treat unhealing ulcers.
5) Ecdysis Cryptotympana Pustulata
Cryptotympana Pustulata/Cicada is an animal-derived substance. It is extracted from or prepared by grinding the empty shell shed every seven years by the cicada.
I google searched Ecdysis seperately and found that it is "the molting of the cuticula in arthropods and related groups".
Funny how the scientific term came up - the joining of a verb and a noun!
The medicinal uses of cicada include treatment of fever and associated seizures; skin rashes; and such eye disorders as conjunctivitis, cataracts, and blurred vision. Due to its antipyretic effect, cicada-containing preparations are often used to treat high fevers, such as those associated with the common cold or influenza. Western news media reported in April 2003 that the Chinese were using combinations of cicada and silkworm droppings to treat the fever associated with SARS. In addition to reducing fever, cicada is also used in TCM to treat other symptoms of colds and flu, including laryngitis, headache, restless sleep, or nightmares.
Caulis is known as any herbaceous or woody stem which bears leaves, and may bear flowers.
The medicinal property lies in "Uncaria rhynchophylla", commonly known as Cat's Claw herb.
It is used around the world for conditions including immune disorders, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, rheumatic disorders, neuralgias and chronic inflammation of all kinds.
Common names are Jack In The Pulpit, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, Maizuru-Tennan-Sho, Yi Ye Tian Nan Xing, Yi ye tian nan xing
Usage : Effective treatment for tetanus, spasms, epilepsy and neuralgia. Frequently used as a sedative and expectorant. Also an anticancer agent.
8) Crystarus Phyllostachys Reticulata – also known as Phyllostachys bambusoides (bamboo-lah!)
The young shoots contain about 2.1% protein, 0.3% fat, 3.2% carbohydrate, 0.9% ash.
Medicinal : Antipyretic
9) Crystalus Amber
Amber is fossilized pine resin from the extinct Pinus succinifera. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Amber is considered to be sedative, emmenogogue, diuretic, and lithotriptic.It is also used for insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, childhood convulsions, epilepsy, hysterical convulsions, frequent dreams and forgetfulness. Said to promote urination and used for uterine tract infections and uterine stones. Considered useful to aid in blood circulation and to promote menses as well as relieve menstrual cramps, bring on overdue menses and for abdominal tumors. It is also used in cases of coronary heart disease and considered good for disturbed emotions caused by stress.
Actions : The herb is used as an anticonvulsive and spasmolytic agent, to reduce phlegm and to resolve masses. It has anticonvulsive, sedative and hypnotic properties. It is an antibacterial agent and has been used in the treatement of epilepsy, acute upper respiratory infections, epidemic parotiditis and diabetus mellitus. Some reports indicate that the herb may have some anticancer effects.