October 12, 2022
A Look at the History of Ējiāo (Donkey Hide Glue) and Its Vegan Substitutes
Before the Tang Dynasty, Ējiāo was Cattle Hide Gelatin; and Vegan Options Are Readily Available Today as Ējiāo Substitutions.
Ējiāo is a medicinal that plays a role in many important formulas that are commonly prescribed for our patients. In Herbology I we are familiarized with the Latin translation of Ējiāo, Asini Corii Colla, to mean “donkey hide glue.” However, Asini Corii Colla, is not a literal translation of the word ējiāo and reveals assumptions based on the recent history and current production of the medicinal. Try pasting the characters for ējiāo 阿膠 one at a time into Google translate to see what you get. 阿= A 膠= gelatin. The word ējiāo simply means “gelatin” and is by no means specific to one type of animal. Historical …