The Chinese Herbal Medicine system has a history of about 5000 years. Interestingly, it has spread far and wise during the last six decades. The western world has started acknowledging its efficacy and the herbal powders, tinctures and decorations are available in all the leading health stores.
Chinese herbal system categorizes herbs based on their qualities, meridians and actions. Qualities depend upon the herbs like sweet, hot, cold, cool etc, meridians are as per the energy meridians of the person to be treated. This article is an attempt to provide you some information on a few popular Chinese herbs.
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Ginseng holds the pride of place among medicinal herbs. The ginseng found growing naturally commands a very high price in the market as it is rare. It is grown commercially and is available in two colors namely white and red. The color depends upon the way it has been processed. Red one is more effective as it is processed in steam.
It is popular because it increases stamina & energy, strengthens immunity, treats erectile dysfunction and acts as a stress buster. Additionally, it tones heart and kidneys and improves blood circulation. It is available in the form of tea and as a liquid.
Ginko has myriad benefits, so the world has accepted it as a useful herb. It has been known in China for five millennia and now has cought the fancy of the Western world where it is being used as a herbal supplement.
It is loaded with antioxidants and it helps fight age related ailments. It is used for relieving depression, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, benefitting vertigo & glaucoma patients.
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. It is a tasty and cherished beverage which has won the hearts of many. It is helpful in treating some cancers, reduces cholesterol, and sheds weight.
Ginger is a common herb available as a fresh rhizome in the vegetable store to be used in the day to day cooking. Apart from this the rhizome is used as a dried ginger, as a charcoal of ginger and as a roasted ginger.
It is slightly warm in quality and pungent or acrid in taste. It is used for cold, cough, phlegm, nausea, for irritable bowel syndrome, motion sickness, indigestion and to treat toxicity.
Cinnamon is the inner bark of the tropical tree which has warm, sweet and pungent qualities. It induces sweating and unblocks the energy channels. It is used for cold, to improve blood circulation, pains caused by cold and dysmenorrheal. In addition it reduces cholesterol.
It belongs to the family of mint plants. The useful part of this plant is its root and is used in combination with some other herbs to treat many ailments.
It is popular for reducing cholesterol, treating allergies and some skin conditions. This plant contains a potent flavonoid called biacalin which strengthens liver and protects it from infections. The Chinese use the tea of roots of skullcap.
Shitake mushrooms are famous and medicinal foods. They are also used in the form of tea. They are known to regulate immune system. Shitake are a delicacy as a stir fried mushroom. It helps with symptoms of cold, improves energy levels, may treat hepatitis B and is considered effective for some types of cancers. It reduces side effects of chemotherapy.
Caution: Please use Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.