Your Voice: Hong Kong’s herbal tea culture – how traditional Chinese medicine is being modernized for a new generation – YP

herbal tea, or leung cha in Cantonese, is an herbal concoction based on traditional Chinese medicine formulas. In 2006, the herbal tea was selected as Hong Kong’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Herbal tea culture has spread to different age groups in the city, from teenagers to the elderly. It is a fundamental part of traditional Chinese medicine and has long been used to help prevent and treat disease by minimizing excessive heat and humidity in the body.

To explore this culture more deeply, I went with my school to visit Lui Seng Chun, a historic building in Mong Kok that was converted by Baptist University in 2012 into a Chinese medicine treatment center.

Lui Seng Chun, built in 1931, has been revitalized as a Chinese medicine and healthcare center run by Baptist University. Photo: Edmond So

What impressed me the most was the Chinese herb garden on the top floor of the building. It contains more than 50 kinds of Chinese herbal medicine. These local plants come in handy for Chinese medicine practitioners who work at the clinic on the second floor.

On the ground floor, there is a shop where visitors can buy herbal teas, such as five-flower tea and haa song gukand learn about Hong Kong’s herbal tea culture.

While some older stores still serve herbal teas in bowls from stalls on the street, some Chinese medicine clinics, including Lui Seng Chun, have adopted computerized systems to dispense herbs and sell them in sachets and tea bags. This method is convenient for people on the go. The modernization of traditional Chinese herbal tea culture makes it more popular with young people. A variety of products are prepackaged to meet the changing demands of customers in Hong Kong.

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What should we pay attention to when drinking herbal tea? The tour guide explained that the herbs were used to heal, stimulate and nourish the body.

Herbal tea can be a quick remedy to cool the “internal heat” trapped in our body, and it can be used to treat a range of health issues, such as toxins that build up inside the body when the we eat too many fries. food.

For example, a herbal tea with a strong heat-carrying effect, such as the one called “24 flavors”, helps to dissipate the “heat” of the body.

Although herbal tea has many benefits, it is not suitable for people with certain deficiencies, and those experiencing their period should consult a practitioner before consuming it. Additionally, some herbs can be toxic in large amounts.

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You should drink the herbal tea in moderation as advised by Chinese medicine practitioners. Otherwise, it will be harmful to the body.

During the guided visit to Lui Seng Chun, I learned that we should drink herbal tea according to the season and our physical conditions.

In conclusion, herbal tea is not only beneficial to our health if consumed appropriately, but it can also bridge the cultural gap between different generations of society. In addition, herbal tea offers Hong Kongers the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our culture.

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Why Hong Kong needs more independent bookstores

Alice Chan, Pope Paul VI College

After reading Young positionthe article on Border Library in Kowloon (July 18), I realized that stores like this are amazing because they provide a space to learn more about the history of our city.

Independent bookstores can strengthen our sense of belonging to Hong Kong. By learning more about the history and culture of the city, we will have a better understanding of it.

Thus, Hong Kong will feel more like a “home” and not just “a place where we live”. Opening these bookstores can help Hong Kongers develop an even deeper love for the city.

Boundary Bookstore is dedicated to educating the public about Hong Kong’s history and raising awareness of locally made products. Photo: Kelly Fong

Through the books in these stores, we can learn about the mistakes people have made in the past and the consequences of their actions. Once we learn more by analyzing history, we will have a better idea of ​​how to approach the future, because we can avoid making the same mistakes again.

Last but not least, independent bookstores not only preserve Hong Kong’s heritage, but also provide a chance to continue documenting what is happening now.

These stores are invaluable to all people living in Hong Kong now and in the future. It is definitely that the city should encourage more people to open independent bookstores that can educate the people of the city.

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You are never alone

Inin Lai Hei-yin, St Mary Canossian College

In Hong Kong, teenage mental health and suicide have been issues of concern for some time. Many students feel pressure from parents who expect their children to succeed in all areas. When children fail to meet their parents’ expectations, they feel defeated. They are also exhausted from schoolwork and exams.

When you feel hopeless and stressed, you can find a way to deal with it. One approach is to listen to music, which can calm your mind and improve your mood.

Try talking to a friend or a teacher. Talking about your feelings can help you sort through your thoughts. There is a saying that those who look from the outside can see things more clearly. By talking to someone, you can gain a new perspective.

If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, there’s no shame in asking for help. Illustration: Shutterstock

You can also go out into nature, which can help you relax and see the beauty of the outdoors.

When you’re feeling stressed and having suicidal thoughts, we hope these tips can help ease your heart. Remember that you are never alone with your problems. There are people in this world who care deeply about you.

If you have suicidal thoughts or know someone who does, help is available. In Hong Kong, dial 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services or 2896 0000 for The Samaritans. In the United States, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at +1 800 273 8255. For a list of helplines in other countries, see this page.