Chinese herbs are a kind of agricultural products, just like vegetables and fruits, it is not advisable to soak them to avoid loss of nutrients.

There is no need to soak the lotus seeds before cooking, just boil them directly in raw water.

Herbs with high moisture content need to be refrigerated.

Chinese herbs emphasize the importance of local conditions, requiring a certain climate, soil and water quality in order to have their nutrients, and emphasizing the concept of the right place for the right kind of cultivation.