Chinese Herbal Remedies Work
Common Chinese Herbal Remedies:
The dried root of Astragalus has been used to replenish damaged or weakened qi. It is especially well known for its healing properties.
Baizhu�s ingredients have been shown to have diuretic, immunopotentiating, anti-inflammatory, liver-protectant and other pharmacological activities. It is used in many traditional Chinese topical formulas for treating dark spots and winkles.
The dried rhizome of cangzhu (Atractylodes) has been used in China for its diuretic, digestive and anti-swelling (anti-inflammatory) properties in treating arthritis, rheumatism, gastrointestinal problems, eczema and warts. Burning cangzhu has traditionally been used in China to disinfect homes during an epidemic.
Baizhi has been used since ancient times in China for treating various skin conditions, including acne, dark spots, carbuncles, ringworm and itching It is the single most frequently used herbal ingredient in traditional beauty formulas.
Lyciiberry, Lotus Seed and Foxnut
Cherokee rosehip, the dried fruits of Rosa laevigata Michx. (Family Rosaceae), has been used in China for centuries as a male tonic.
Chinese Ephedra root
Chinese Ephedra is traditionally used in China to treat spontaneous and night sweating. The powdered root is now also used typically to treat excessive perspiration.
Common jujube is traditionally used to normalize dry skin and to relieve itching.
Cured fo-ti is considered to have anti-aging, hair darkening, and detoxicant as well as skin-nourishing properties.
Danggui is the dried root of Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels. (Family Umbelliferae). The root has been used as a blood and female tonic; especially well know for its use in menstrual problems. It also has pain-relieving, muscle-relaxant, and skin-soothing effects.
Dandelion root has long been used in both Western and Eastern cultures as tonic; diuretic and mild laxative; and also in China as detoxicant.
Dittany bark is particularly well know for its use in relieving pruritus.
Epimedium, also known as Rowdy Lamb Herb, Barrenwort, Bishop's Hat, Fairy Wings, Horny Goat Weed, or Yin Yang Huo, has been used for over 2,000 years to treat male sexual problems as well as rheumatism, arthritis, mental fatigue and poor memory. It is also used externally for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant in the family Fabaceae. The Fenugreek seeds have been used in different parts of the world since ancient times both as a spice and medicine. They are noted for their healing properties and are used in treating mouth ulcers and chapped lips.
Forsythia Fruit have been used in China for over 3,000 years for reducing swelling, fever, and skin rashes. They contain ingredients (including triterpenoids) that have been shown to have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-allergic effects.
Gaoben is now used frequently in China for colds and associated headaches, migraine, rheumatic and arthritic pain, as well as skin problems (e.g.. ringworm, dandruff, acne and freckles).
Since ancient times, ginger has been used by different cultures both as a spice and medicine. It is used in China as a detoxicant to treat food and drug poisioning. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
Giant knotweed or hu zhang has been used in China for treating jaundice, arthritic pain and skin problems (esp. burns). Some of its ingredients have antioxidant, antihistaminic and antiviral effects.
German chamomile has been used in the West sinc ancient times to treat conditions such as colic, indigestion, insomnia and inflammations. It is also well known for its wound-healing effects.
Judzu root has been used as a detoxicant to treat infections such as colds, fluxs, and measles, also used in traumatic injuries, urticaria, and psoriasis.
The juniper berries have been used as a carminative and diuretic and as a flavoring agent in gin and alcoholic bitters.
With a recorded use history dating back 2,000 years, honeysuckle is widely used in Chinese medicine to treat viral and bacterial infections, inflammations, food and drug poisoning, urticaria and skin sores.
The dried ripe fruit (called Nu Zhen Zi) of Ligustrum lucidum is a well-known traditional yin tonic considered to have vision-brightening, hair darkening, and beautifying properties.
Mume has been used to treat various conditions, including parasitic infections and skin problems (neurodermatitis, eczema, hard-to-heal sores, etc.).
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The bark has been used to treat viral and bacterial infections, skin rashes, traumatic injuries, and contusions. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and other pharmacological effects.
Poria , fuling, is a well=known Chinese tonic, best known for its anti-aging properties for use in older people. I was used by women of the Chinese imperial courts to clean and nourish their skin and to maintain their healthy appearances.
Purslane has been used by people around the world for conditions that include skin sores, insect stings, inflammation, eczema, pruritus, and dermatitis. It is high in nutrients and has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing effects.
The park, huang bai, has been used for over 2,000 years in China as a detoxicant to treat conditions including bacterial infections, month and skin sores, exzema, and pruritus. It has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and other pharmacological effects.
Red sage, dan sehn is best known for its ability to activate blood circulation and dissipate stasis. It is used traditionally for blood and blood circulation problems; used externally to treat acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin problems.
Red Peony Root
The first recorded use of the red peony root in the topical treatment of carbuncles dated back to 1065-771 B.C. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, immunomodulating, analgesic and other effects.
Raw rehmannia, sheng dihuang, is a yin tonic noted for its detoxicant and cooling properties for such conditions as fevers, skin eruptions, eczema, urticaria, etc. It is often used together with cured rehmannia.
Reishi, lingzhi, is said to benefit one�s complexion and contains many bioactive components that exhibit a wide range of activities.
Safflower flower is one of the most commonly used herbs for activating blood circulation and creaking up stasis, especially in the treatment of cardiovascular and menstrual problems; also externally in hair liniments to stimulate blood circulation on the scalp.
Sichuan lovage, chuan xiong, has been used in China to promote blood circulation and to relieve pain. It is used in cardiovascular and menstrual problems and in rheumatism and arthritis.
Sour Jujube Kernel
Sour jujube kernel has ben used as a brain tonic for treating insomnia, neurasthenia, nightmares, and night sweats. Its flavonoid and triterpene glycosides have broad bioactivities.
Tienchi, san qi, has been used for its hemostatic, anti-swelling and analgesic properties, especially in treating hemorrhages and traumatic injuries. It also has anti-inflammatory and vasodilating effects.
Tangerine peel has long been used in China for digestive problems and as a stimulant.
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Thyme leaves have long been used in Western cultures for respiratory and other problems. Thyme oil has antioxidant properties.
White Peony Root
White peony root has been used as a blood tonic to treat menstrual problems and blood deficiency conditions. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, immunomodulating, antimutagenic, and other effects.
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