Rượu thuốc

Vietnamese people have a svào belief in the healing properties of medicinal rice wine. It’s made by putting rice wine in large earthenware or glass jars along with herbs, animals or animal parts. This can be done with a single kind of plant or animal or a mixture of several, depending on the medicine’s desired effect.

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We’ve heard there are around 100 kinds of ruou thuoc, but the reality is that there are probably many, many more. The combinations are endless và anything imaginable — sometimes unimaginable – seems to lớn have sầu been used khổng lồ make it. From bull penis và ginseng to lớn starfish và snakeheads, all things natural have their place in Vietnamese medicine wine.


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Ruou thuoc lượt thích most rice wine is drunk in small thimble size glasses. Depending on the patient’s condition, a small glass or two is drunk before or with meals. At other times it can be the basis of a full-blown drinking session – volume really comes down lớn each specific wine, the prescribed volume for treatment, và the situation you find yourself in.

Additionally it can also be used lớn treat the body toàn thân externally through washing, soaking, covering or even mát xa.

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Although many Westerners might consider ruou thuoc a nostrum, belief in its powers is strong in Vietnam. (Scientific studies of ingredients such as ginseng và Lin Chi mushrooms have sầu proven that at least some traditional medicine is effective sầu.) It is thought that alcohol helps whatever medicine it contains to lớn enter the bloodstream quickly.


Viet Tracks in no way condones the consumption of endangered plants or animals. We hope khổng lồ raise awareness and help prsự kiện it.


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