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Raw Herb Cooking Instructions

Method One


Preparation of one dose: This is a two part boiling process

  • First boil: Place all contents of one bag into herb pot. Notice the approximate level of dry herbs inside pot. Fill water to the level of the dry herbs. Bring water to a medium boil with top on herb pot for 30 minutes. Make sure the water is boiling before marking 30 minutes. After boiling the herbs for 30 minutes, strain off liquid into a separate container, leaving the crude herbs in the herb pot.

  • Second boil: Refill water to approximately the same level as before. Remember! The herbs are no longer dry, so don't use too much water. Bring water to a medium boil with top on herb pot, and once again make sure water is boiling before marking 30 minutes. Strain out liquid and mix with first boil previously strained into a separate container. After combining "first and second boil" you should end up with approximately a quart to a quart and a half.

  • ~ 30 min. + 30 min: This is one dose of the soup to be taken as directed.


Method Two

Preparation of one dose: This is a two part boiling process

  • The same above except for the boiling time which is 25 minutes each time, first and second boil.

  • ~ 25 min. + 25 min.


Dosage recommendations

  • 1 bag = 1 day: Cook one bag as directed, you may leave it out at room temperature and drink in two to three parts during the day. i.e. morning, noon, and evening.

  • 1 bag = 2 days: Cook one bag as directed divide in half, refrigerate one half for the following day. Divide today's portion into two to three parts and drink, i.e. morning, noon and evening.

  • 1 bag = 3 days: Cook one bag as directed divide into two parts, refrigerate half of the mixture for the following days. Divide today's portion into two to three parts and drink, i.e. morning, noon and evening.

  • Note: Take herbs at room temperature or warm. Do not take herbs cold. Do not drink right before bedtime.

General information

  • Herbs are drunk either 30 minutes before or an hour after a full meal.

  • Herbs are generally dispensed in groups of three bags which represent either three days or six days of formula dependent on your dosage level labeled above. Herbs are usually taken for six days straight and a one day break on day seven.

  • Be sure to strain the decoction before drinking the herbs, it is ok to use a metal sieve to do this.

  • Warm the herbs to at least room temperature before drinking. It is ok to warm them in a microwave.

  • Don’t drink the herbs if you have burned them.

  • Don’t cook the herbs in a metal pot. Ceramic, clay, or glass is suitable for the cooking process.

  • It is best to use filtered, distilled, or spring water to cook the herbs.

  • A slight loosening of bowel movements as a result of taking herbs is considered normal, if stronger digestive reactions are experienced such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, ect. discontinue taking the herbs and call us at (512) 452-1410.

  • If you contract a cold or other virus while taking herbs not specifically formulated for such a problem, discontinue taking the herbs and give us a call at (512) 452-1410.

  • In most cases it is a good idea to be reevaluated by the herbalist in one to two weeks at the beginning of treatment, and then two to four weeks as treatment continues so that the herbs can be reformulated periodically to account for any changes in your body as reflected in your tongue and pulse.

  • If you have any questions that aren't addressed by this instruction sheet don't hesitate to give us a call at (512) 452-1410.

Dietary restrictions

While taking the herbs it is important that you abstain from the following:

  • alcohol, shellfish (clams, oysters, crabs, shrimp, lobsters etc..)

  • deep fried or excessively oily foods, excessively spicy foods

  • heavy meats ( duck, venison, or an excessive amount of beef or pork).

Failure to comply with these prohibitions may result in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, headaches, skin rashes, etc. If you find it necessary to partake in any of these items, discontinue taking the herbs for at least 12 hours before the meal and then resume taking the herbs at least 12 hours after the meal.

Turtle Dragon was established in 1994 with the intention of bringing to Austin the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and culture. Based upon timeless principles of balance and harmony, we employ and instruct an alternative and complementary perspective on health, wellness, longevity, and sustainable self-care techniques. 

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