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Culture Insider: Get ready for 'sanfu'

By Zhu Linyong | | Updated: 2021-07-14 14:36
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Duck soup in a bowl. On hot summer days, duck is often preferred to chicken because waterfowl are believed to be more cooling.[Photo by Pauline D Loh/China Daily]

In his book titled Shanghan Zabing Lun (Treatise on Cold Pathogenic and Miscellaneous Diseases), Zhang Zhongjing, an ancient Chinese physician from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), wrote to prevent and treat heat stroke, the right way is to drink some hot water and sweat, as it is good for boosting blood circulation.

When the weather is sizzling, people's tastes change and so they turn to foods and drinks which they believe can help relieve "inner heat" in the human body.

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