..and now here it is the F.A.Q.
Q. What does FB mean?
A. FB is short for the English transliteration “Feng Bo” for the characters, ????. The first character is the first character of FengFei my wife and the second character is the second character of my name Sanami. The reading is Mandarin Chinese: FengBo.
Q. What is Liangcha?
A. Liangcha or ?? is Chinese for “cooling tea”. Some people may translate ‘liangcha’ as ‘Chinese herbal tea’ but at FB Liangcha we call it “herbal cooling tea” because the word ‘cooling’ is missing from the general translation “Chinese herbal tea” and the word “Chinese” isn’t even in the original Chinese characters – is it? Every country has been drinking herbal tea for as long as the Chinese have so it would be unfair to say liangcha is only Chinese, isn’t it?
Q. What is herbal tea made from?
A. Herbal tea is made from any plant other than the tea plant (camellia sinensis). Some people will go further to define herbal tea as ‘infusions’ of herbs. Herbal cooling tea are made specifically from herbs that are cooling in nature.
Q. What is your mission statement?
A. FB Liangcha was started out of an interest for sustainable living, organic farming, and alternative medicine/staying healthy. Due largely in part that our modern day health problems are due to widespread plant deficiencies FB Liangcha seeks to promote the following:
1. Herbal Cooling Teas as a way to optimal health
2. Promote the consumption of fresh, high quality, chemical-free fruits and vegetable
3. Connect people who are otherwise disconnected from the plants growing around them and nature as a whole
4. Slow down the pace of modern day living and enjoy herbal cooling teas as a way-of-life rather than a diet/health fad or spirituality.
Q. When was FB Liangcha founded?
A. August 7, 2010
Q. Who can drink liangcha?
A. Anyone and everyone! Liangcha is herbal cooling tea – everything you eat and drink has either warm/cool, hot/cold properties liangcha balances the heat build up from within the body due to what you eat, drink and your climatic conditions around you. For example, oily foods are hot so you will need something to cool you to avoid getting acne etc.
Q. What is meant by a cold herb?
A. A herb is often referred to as a cold herb meaning that it is used in what is called excess heat conditions such as fevers, skin rashes, and sore throat. Excess heat conditions are essentially inflammatory processes involving heat, redness, pain, and swelling often due to external pathogenic factors such as bacteria and viruses. Therefore, the cold nature of cold herbs is considered to cool the heat nature of the heat related conditions. For example, antibacterial properties of Japanese honeysuckle can help to cool a fever. In this case, the cold herb treats the heat condition. However, if a patient has what is called a cold condition such as cold limbs, cold and pain in the abdomen, and abdominal pain relieved by warmth, then jin yin hua’s cold nature is said to be contraindicated for treating the pre-existing cold condition. Therefore, if using jin yin hua in an herbal formula for a patient with a cold condition, one would then choose to balance the temperature of jin yin hua with another herb that is warming in nature.
Q. Isn’t this medicine?
~ Let food be your medicine ~ Hippocrates (460-377 BC)
Let food be your medicine – and medicine be your food. Everything we eat can be considered medicine including things considered poisonous if properly handle – let’s not get into that because that would be beyond the scope of this website! I think the problem is modern society has taught us to believe “medicine” is some manufactured pill that comes from a bottle. Yes most of them all originate from herbs that is why you need to be careful which herbs to take especially if you’re on prescription medication or you have a serious medical condition. Let food be your medicine implies getting a well balanced diet that makes up all the food groups vitamins and minerals. As I always say to my readers herbal teas/herbal medicine have been used for hundred’s of centuries by people around the world and have claimed to prevent or cure diseases, however, human beings are not the same as they were 100 years ago they lived entirely different lifestyles than those of today. Therefore, for modern day human beings it is very difficult to ascertain if these herbal treatments will in effect treat, cure or prevent any disease in any person today as they did for hundred’s of centuries. I always say if you like the taste then by all means drink it, if it makes you feel better drink it. However, don’t drink too much because like anything including food too much can make you sick.
Q. What’s in it for me?
A. Do you eat oily foods? Do you get acne? Do you drink alcohol? Do you drink coffee? Do you want to boost your immune system during the flu season so that you don’t catch a cold? Do you want to live healthy? Do you want to have less of an impact on climate change?
If you answered YES to any ONE of these questions then liangcha IS for YOU. Sign up here for the Herbal Cooling Tea For Smart People – Cool Tea Tips.
Q. What are the benefits of Wong Lo Kat herbal tea?
A. Please see this post for the benefits of Wong Lo Kat.
Q. How much does a can of wang lao ji cost?
A. This really depends on where you live. If you are in mainland China a can could cost anywhere from 4yuan and up. If you are interested in purchasing Wong Lo Kat you can go to this post and scroll to the bottom, where is it sold for $5.95 in packages of 6 at 20g/packet.
Q. How to make wong lo kat?
Q. Is the red can wong lo kat ok to drink regularly?
Q. Is wong lo kat tea good for you?
A. Please see the post about Wong Lo Kat Benefits.
Q. Where can buy wang lo kat drink?/Where to buy wong lo kat?
A. In mainland China any place that sells soft drinks, convenience store, and train/bus stations. Overseas you can try the local Chinese market or this link.
Q. Where to buy wang lao ji tea sugar free?
A. Any Chinese pharmacy selling Chinese traditional medicine.
Q. Where to buy wong lo kat drink in Singapore?
A. This post maybe of relevance to you.
Q. Can I eat watermelon on hangover?
A. Watermelon is a very high alkaline food while alcohol is a very high acid drink. This is why it is common to see watermelon slices served in Chinese and Japanese bars/pubs or anywhere where alcohol is served.
Q. What is buckwheat tea in Chinese?
A. The characters for buckwheat in Chinese is the same as Japanese. Traditional Characters: [??], Simplified Characters: [??], pronounced: [qiao2 mai4]. The characters [??] is used in Japanese [Soba].
Q. How to make strong ginger tea?
Q. How to relieve hangover?
Q. How to make yourself super immune?
A. It depends on what you want to make yourself immune from. For the common cold you can use kabosu, featured here or goji berries with honey and hot water. Goji berries and chrysanthemum tea is also a very common drink. You can also check the tag on antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Q. How to prepare fresh ginger for motion sickness?
A. Here is the Motion Sickness tag.
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