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Herbal Jelly

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Guīlínggāo, also known as Tortoise Jelly or Turtle Jelly, is a jelly-like Chinese medicine, also sold as a dessert. It was traditionally made from the powdered plastron (bottom shell) from the turtle Cuora trifasciata and a variety of herbal products, in particular, China roots Smilax glabra. More often, commercially available guīlínggāo sold as a dessert does not contain turtle shell powder at all, despite the product name and the prominent turtle images on most brands’ labels. They do, however, share the same herbal additives as the medicine and are similarly marketed as being good for skin complexion when ingested.

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