Ume-Sho-Kuzu Tea for Strength
This powerful tonic can be used for severe cases of weakness, lack of vitality, colds, fevers, stomach or intestinal troubles. I’ve found it particularly helpful to use the first day or two of menstruating to offset any cramps or related body pains. These ingredients will strengthen the blood, promote good digestion, and restore energy.
If you feel hungover from one drnk too many, have this upon waking (or better yet, have it before you go to bed!) You will need Umeboshi plums, Kuzu root starch, and Tamari soy sauce (ginger is optional.) These items can be found at most health food stores or online at Natural Import Company.
Dissolve a large teaspoon of Kuzu in 2 tablespoons of cold water, making sure that all the lumps and powder have been mixed well. Chop one umeboshi plum (remove the pit.) Add 1.5-2 cups of water to these ingredients and bring to a boil. You may add 5-6 drops of ginger juice at this time (grated, then strained.) Boil the mixture and gently stir until it becomes more transparent. Turn the heat on low and add 1-3 drops of tamari for an additional 5 minutes. Drink as soon as possible, as you want to take it while it is still hot. In severe case such as diarrhea or a prolonged cold, you may take once cup of the drink twice a day unil the symptoms subside. This s used as a remedy and not an everyday drink.