Silk originated in China in the Yangshao culture 4th millennium BC. The oldest silk found in China has been dated to to c. 3630 BC. This silk was found in the Henan province, an area regarded as the cradle of Chinese civilization. The origins of silk production and weaving are interwoven in legends.
According to Chinese myths, sericulture or silk farming and weaving of silk cloth was discovered by Lady Hsi Ling Shih, wife of the Yellow emperor Huangdi. It is said she was having tea under a mulberry tree, when a silkworm cocoon fell into her cup, she watched the strands unravel from the cocoon and realised it could be used to make cloth, it was discovered that it took 1000 yards of thread for the silkworm to make one cocoon. She taught the people how to raise silkworms and she even invented the loom.
So an industry arose and became a important feature in the rural Chinese economy. It is thought that silk was exported along the silk road by around c 400 BC. The silk road derived its name from the lucrative trade in silk carried out along its length. For silk had became highly sought after and so the different dynasty’s kept the method of silk production a secret for a further thousand years. Anyone found smuggling silkworm eggs, cocoons or mulberry seeds was executed.
The earliest alcohol remedies in China were produced by including specific herbs in the fermentation process of traditional rice wine. The procedure of steeping herbs in the stronger white liquor (baijiu) was introduced later and was widely used during the Qing dynasty. When V.I.P Jiu 8 was first devised by the great Chinese emperor Kangxi he selected nine specific herbs to create the imperial aroma baijiu.
Herbal remedies which include alcohol as a catalyst are included in all major Chinese works on herbal prescriptions. Since the 14th century, taking tonic wines became common practice amongst the Chinese elite. The Ming compendium Puji fang contains around 300 alcohol based prescriptions.
In the 8th century, the Persians developed the art of distillation and used the concentrated alcohol as an anesthetic. Ever since then some drinks have been praised for their medicinal value, treating everything from upset stomachs, to warding off disease. By the early 9th century, alcohol was widely prescribed as medicine. Alcohol was not consumed in the same way as it is today. In ancient times alcohol was seen as an important medical ingredient and an essential part of the diet.
Moderate alcohol intake can be stress reliving and relaxing on the body and mind. It is also an effective antiseptic. The combination of alcohol and botanicals create an effective medicine that has been around for thousands of years.
Taken in moderation alcohol is known to reduce blood clots, can prevent heart attacks and strokes, known to reduce the chance of getting diabetes. Also alcohols antioxidants and trace minerals helps with muscle pain, and osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density. Plus its anti-microbial properties help fight germs.
Having had V.I.P Jiu 8 scientifically analysed we knew it was packed full of good properties, but we wanted to know what restorative effects it had when taken in medicinal doses. We used V.I.P Jiu 8 as the main ingredient in creating toddies, teas and tisane, for they have their own benefits. Like honey which has anti-inflammatory properties and lemon which contains powerful antioxidants. The list of medicinal herbs is large and the effects of toddies, teas and tisane have been proven to aid in matters of restoring health.
So let us now look at some herbs that can go into hot toddies along with V.I.P Jiu 8 and what their restorative properties are. First of all what is a hot toddy? To keep it simple a hot toddy consists of hot water + lemon or botanicals + alcohol + honey. That is it, nothing complicated.
Some might argue that anything more than lemon in a toddy is bordering on a tisane, a tisane is a herbal infusion and may be classed as medicinal drink. One of the first writings about tisane was recorded in a medical book during the third century AD. By a Chinese physician named Hua To. He is known for making some of the earliest herbal treatments by decocting medicinal plants. Herbal teas are a beverages made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices or other plant material in hot water. The Chinese have been using herbal teas as medicine for over two thousand years.
I have taken the names by which the Qing emperors were most commonly known and have created a hot toddy in their honour. For I think the hot toddy is a underrated drink and should be raised in status. The hot toddy was supposedly invented in the early 1600s in India. I am using a 250ml double handled Irish coffee glass for these drinks, but you can use whatever is handy.
The book “Self-portrait of K’ang-hsi” by Jonathan D. Spence holds some interesting information.
After reading the book I had learned that the Emperor Kangxi was a man who expressed himself with openness and had an exuberant curiosity and a great desire for information.
His many interests included Geometry, mechanics, astronomy, cartography, optics, music, algebra and medicine.
He developed the palace memorial system, a form of confidential communication in which officials wrote directly to him, rather than having their messages mediated through some branch of the bureaucracy, and he answered them himself. Many of these memorials, with Kangxi comments have survived.
The emperor Fu Hsi is said to have created Chinese numerology four thousand years ago, when he noticed the patterns of a tortoise’s shell. This inspired him to create the Lo Shu grid of numbers.
The Lo Shu grid is 3×3 with the number five located in the centre. Numbers one to nine are used, zero is not used as it is considered the perfect symbol of completeness.
The grid is divided into six parts. Three vertical and three horizontal.
All vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines add up to 15.
The odd and even numbers alternate in the periphery of the Lo Shu pattern. The four even numbers are at the four corners and the five odd numbers form a cross in the centre of the square.
Here are nine times nine good reasons why you should buy V.I.P Jiu 8 Baijiu.
Why nine times nine? Because it is a very auspicious number in China.
1 – Health With V.I.P Jiu 8
While it is recommended that no more than three units per day of any alcohol be consumed. With two days per week alcohol free.
For health benefits we recommend no more than 1 unit per day of V.I.P Jiu 8.
- 1 – V.I.P Jiu 8 contains nine herbs, beneficial to well-being.
- 2 – Can protect against atherosclerotic plaque.
- 3 – Can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- 4 – Can reduce the risk of ischaemic stroke.
- 5 – Can reduce the risk of diabetes.
- 6 – Can reduce the risk of gallstones.
- 7 – Can help immunity enhancement.
- 8 – Can improve libido.
- 9 – Can reduce stress.
So all in all you could say, a V.I.P Jiu a day, keeps the doctor at bay.
Further reading: V.I.P Jiu 8 – The restorative baijiu.
2 – History With V.I.P Jiu 8
Learning historical facts is not only informative, it is also constructive and gives one the feeling of satisfaction of having learned something educational and by being able to store and recall this information, aids the memory, thus boosting brain power.
- 1 – V.I.P Jiu 8 was created by the emperor Kangxi, who reigned from 1661-1722.
- 2 – Kangxi became emperor at the early age of eight years old.
- 3 – Born Xuanye, Kangxi was one of the longest reigning emperors in dynastic history.
- 4 – Jean De Fontaney and his group arrived in China February 1688.
- 5 – 1693 Kangxi developed a interest in western medicine after being cured of malaria.
- 6 – V.I.P Jiu 8 was first created some time between 1693-1701 with the help of Jesuit monks.
- 7 – The secret of V.I.P Jiu 8 lay hidden from the world for almost three hundred years.
- 8 -In 2014 a antique boxed wine cup with the recipe hidden inside was bought at an auction.
- 9 – 2017 was the beginning of a 5,772 mile journey which would initiate the rebirth of V.I.P Jiu 8.
Now there is something you don’t learn every day.
Further reading: V.I.P Jiu 8: Ancient And Modern Timeline
Doumu, mother of the great chariot (the big dipper). She is the feminine aspect of the cosmic god of heaven, the seven stars of the big dipper, which is eighth of the Chinese 28 constellations, also the two that are not visible to the naked eye are her sons.
The Jiuhuangshen (The nine god kings) they are themselves regarded as the ninefold manifestation of Jiuhuangdadi or Doufu (father of the great chariot).
So therefore she is both wife and mother of the god of heaven.
Other names for her are Taiyi Yuanjun (Lady of the great one). Tianmu (Mother of heaven). She is depicted with three eyes, four heads and eight arms.
Ao Guang had brought misery to the world by creating storms, droughts and other disasters, but due to the fear that the people held for Ao Guang and his sons they never reported his actions to the Jade Emperor. So for many years Ao Guang enjoyed the offerings from the people who tried to appease him.
It came to pass one day, Nezha cleansed himself in the eastern sea, which caused the palace of Ao Guang to shake. So Ao Guang sent Li Gen and third son Ao Bing to bring Nezha to task, but Nezha killed them both. So Ao Guang took the matter up with the Jade Emperor, whereupon Nezha gave Ao Guang a thrashing.
Angrily Ao Guang, along with three other dragon kings took both Li Jing and his wife Lady Yin hostage, wishing to free them Nezha offers his life for his parents, to which Ao Guang happily agrees. So Nezha commited suicide.
After committing suicide, he appears to his mother in a dream and asks her to build a temple for him, so his soul would have somewhere to rest.
Anqi Sheng was said to live on mount Penglai, he was a wizard able to make himself invisible at will. It is said the he was over one thousand years old at the time of Qin Shi Huang the first emperor.
Qin Shi Huang feared death and sought immortality. In a effort to avoid death he became obsessed with the elixir of life. So sending out an expedition under Xu Fu to find Anqi and to bring him back with the elixir of life, which would give him immortality.
Xu Fu returned a few days later and said that a great sea creature blocked the expeditions path. So emperor Qin Shi Huang sent out archers to slay the beast and Xu Fu continued on his journey. After several years Xu Fu could not find Anqi the wizard, so fearing to return empty handed for he knew the emperor would have him put to death he went on to conquer Japan and proclaimed himself king.
Xingtian was a giant who was a follower of Chi You. When the yellow emperor defeated Chi You, Xingtian went forth with axe and shield to fight the supreme divinity.
He forced his way into the celestial court and challenged the emperor to a dual.
The two of them engaged in combat, sword against axe, ferociously they fought all the way to the mountain of Changyang.
Where with a final swipe of his sword, the yellow emperor sliced off Xingtian’s head.
Nevertheless, headless, with shield in one hand and battle axe in the other he continues to fight. His nipples transformed into eyes and his navel into a mouth and defiantly he began to dance.