Ejiao (Donkey-hide gelatin, 阿胶) is often used to treat anemia, dizziness, insomnia, dry cough, and many blood related disorders. Traditionally, Ejiao is used in TCM for treating bleeding, such as hematemesis, hemoptysis, hemafecia, hematuria, metrostaxis, metrorrhagia, etc. Ejiao has effects to stop internal bleeding.
Ejiao is gelatin obtained from the skin of the donkey. It is a blood tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
Ejiao has nourishing and moisturizing properties. It is used to treat anemia, blood deficiency and dryness in lungs. For a person with disorders such as dry cough, insomnia and dizziness due to blood deficiency, dryness or pulmonary tuberculosis, ejiao is often used to relieve the symptoms by tonifying blood and moistening lungs.
To treat dry lungs and dry coughs, combine ejiao with almond, rock sugar and other moisturizing herbs.
Recipe – Ejiao and Rock sugar for dry cough:
– Ejiao 10 grams
– Rock sugar 20 grams
– Water 1 cup
– Boil them for 1 minute
– Drink it while cool
– Twice a day
To treat anemia and blood deficiency, combine ejiao with dang gui (dong quai) and huang qi.
Recipe – Ejiao, dang gui and huang qi for anemia and blood deficiency:
– Ejiao 10 grams
– Dang gui 10 grams
– Huang qi 10 grams
– Water 2 cups
– Boil and simmer them for 15 minutes
– Drink it, twice a day
To stop internal bleeding, treat dizziness, insomnia, etc, use ejiao alone, or combine it with other herbs. You can boil 10 grams of ejiao in a cup of water for a minute, and drink it, twice a day.
Ejiao is sold in Chinese herbal stores.
Please note, if you have weak digestion associated with poor appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting, you should not consume ejiao for a long time.
For more information about natural remedies for anemia, go to Natural Remedies Center: http://www.naturalremediescenter.com/treat/anemia/