Morel of story: Good tonic

Morels (right, bowl at bottom) are a delicacy in Western cooking, and in TCM, they are usually cooked in soup (left) to boost one's immunity by regulating the body's qi.
Morels are a delicacy in Western cooking, and in TCM, they are usually cooked in soup (above) to boost one's immunity by regulating the body's qi.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Morels (right, bowl at bottom) are a delicacy in Western cooking, and in TCM, they are usually cooked in soup (left) to boost one's immunity by regulating the body's qi.
Morels (bowl at bottom) are a delicacy in Western cooking, and in TCM, they are usually cooked in soup to boost one's immunity by regulating the body's qi.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

In traditional Chinese medicine, morels are believed to help reduce phlegm and boost immunity

Morels are a delicacy in Western cooking, but did you know that they are regarded as a tonic in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?

In TCM, the fungi are believed to help reduce phlegm and boost one's immunity by regulating the body's qi (vital energy). They are usually cooked in soups.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 06, 2019, with the headline 'Morel of story: Good tonic'. Print Edition | Subscribe