Source Dwarf Lilyturf Tuber is the dried root tuber ofOphiopogon japonicus(Thunb.) Ker-Gawl. (Fam. Liliaceae).
Producing Areas Zhejiang, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan, Guangxi, Anhui, Hubei, Fujian, etc.
Properties Sweet, Slightly Bitter, Slightly Cold
Channels Lung, Heart, Stomach
•Nourishesyin and promotes the production of body fluid
Dry cough, phthisical cough; thirst due to impairment of body fluid.
•Moistens the lung and eases the mind
Fidgetiness and insomnia; diabetes caused by internal heat; constipation; diphtheria.
Usage and Dosage
6 – 15g or up to 30g is used in decoction for oral use.
The crude is for dry cough and haemoptysis due to asthenia of lung. The stir-baked is for diabetes and constipation. The stir-baked with Zhusha is used for purifying the mind and eliminating vexation.
Notes Use with caution for early stage of cough due to exogenous wind and cold, obstruction of phlegm-dampness in the lung and diarrhoea due to asthenic coldness of the spleen and stomach.
It is spindle-shaped, slightly curved, with two slightly pointed ends, 1.5 – 3.5cm long. The middle part is 3 – 6mm in diameter. The surface is yellowish white and light yellow, translucent, with longitudinal thin wrinkles. The broken surface is yellowish white with thin wooden centre. Maidong is soft and tough. The flavour is sweet and slightly bitter, with a sticky texture while chewing. It is light in nature.
Keep in a cool place. Make it airtight. Do not put it in a gusty, dark or damp place.
Description of Quality Herb
Good Maidong is dry, big and fat in size, yellowish white in colour, sweet and slightly bitter in flavour, with sticky feeling when chewed.
Lean Pork Soup with Lilyturf, Pear and Pseudostarwort
Effects Clears heatiness and dampness, moistens the lungs and benefitsqi.
Lilyturf root 20g, Pseudostarwort root 45g, almonds 45g, snow pears 4, lean pork 500g, salt to taste.
1.Rinse the lilyturf and pseudostarwort. Blanch the almonds in boiling water to remove the skin. Rinse the pears, retaining the skin, and cut into pieces. Slice the pork.
2.Place the lilyturf, pseudostarwort and almonds in a pot with an adequate amount of water. Bring to a vigorous boil.
3.Add the pork and cut pears, and continue to boil until the pork is cooked through.
4.Bring down to low heat and stew for 90 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve.
Tips for a Healthy Life
Those with wet cough should avoid this dish.
Scrambled Eggs with Wolfberry and Lilyturf
Effects Nourishes the liver and kidneys, improves eyesight and strengthens the body.
Eggs 4, wolfberry 10g, peanut kernels 30g, lean pork 50g, Dwarf Lilyturf tuber 10g, salt, thickening glaze, MSG to taste.
1.Rinse and blanch the wolfberry. Rinse the lilyturf tuber, boil and mince finely. Dice the pork. Fry the peanut kernels until fragrant.
2.Beat the egg evenly with salt, steam and let it cool, then cut into granular pellets.
3.Heat oil in a wok and stir-fry the diced pork.
4.Add the egg pellets, wolfberry and minced lilyturf. Fry evenly, add salt, thickening glaze and MSG. Sprinkle with peanut kernels and serve.