This drink is said to help eliminate urine infection or traces of blood in urine and some minor problems with urinary bladder.
The barley comes in a ready pack from the Chinese medical shops and is cheap. I bought a packet for Ringgit 1.00 [in Penang]. Some shops sell at a higher price but I believe the quantity and composition is more.
Here is the content of the packet of barley. There are 2 types of barley and another dried plant [I do not know the name]. Should be able to get them at any Chinese medical shops when you tell them it is for the above purpose. For this drink I added another herbal plant [picture below] from my neighbour's garden which is said to have better effect but it is optional. This drink is suitable for all and not only those with urinary tract infection.
|Contents of the packet|
|Have you seen this herbal plant?|
1 packet of China barley [as above] - put in colander and rinsed under running water
1 litre water
- Put barley and water in a saucepot. Bring it to a boil then turn down to medium low heat and continue boiling until barley breaks and is soft. Cover and off fire. Serve the drink warm. Discard the barley and other ingredients.