Chinese Healing Herbs

Ginkgo biloba, Ginseng, Dong Quai and Resihi are just a few of the multitude of healing herbs found at your local pharmacy or grocery store. These herbs are the main ingredients in popular products, teas and concoctions.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is named after the ginkgo tree, a prevalent and historic Asian tree. It is one of oldest herbal remedies used to:

  • Improve sexual performance
  • Enhance cognitive function
  • Treat coughs
  • Treat Asthma and allergic inflammation
  • Reduce tissue damage

Touted as a rich source of antioxidants, this herb reduces free radical damage caused by environmental factors.

Ginseng

Ginseng was used for more than two thousand years in ancient Chinese medicine. It has grown in popularity and is now a healing element in herbal remedies used by healers, globally. The benefits of ginseng include:

  • Improved energy
  • Stress relief
  • Increased stamina
  • Fighting cancer and slowing aging
  • Lowers blood pressure and aids diabetes

Several types of ginseng exist. All have healing benefits and are readily available. American ginseng grows in the United States, in precipitous regions and on ginseng farms. Native Americans also used this variety of ginseng as a cough remedy and as a method to ease constipation. In addition, menopausal women may find relief from hot flashes and night sweats with the herb.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai is referred to as the female ginseng herb. It is indigenous to Korea, Japan and China and has a flowery appearance. Chinese herbalists remove the healing substances from dong quai by soaking or boiling the herb in wine and consuming it in liquid form. Other forms of the herb are tablets, capsules, teas and raw root form. Its benefits include:

  • Treating gynecological conditions
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Strengthening reproductive organs
  • Preventing blood clotting
  • Relieving menstrual disorders and symptoms related to menstruation (headaches, PMS)

Reishi

Reishi mushrooms are a fan shaped fungus. They are an herbal mushroom used in tonics, teas and elixirs. One of their most significant benefits includes their cancer-fighting abilities. Reishi extracts possess an antihistamine action, which is helpful for controlling allergies. Other uses for Reishi mushrooms include:

  • Treating liver problems
  • Easing asthma symptoms
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Improving immune system function
  • Treating conditions like hepatitis, bronchitis and arthritis
  • Promoting general health and well being

Reishi mushrooms can be prepared in various forms. You can make it as a tea for sipping or soak the dried mushroom and cook it to enjoy in a host of dishes like sushi and stir-fry. They also make an excellent complement to sauces, salads and spaghetti.

Considerations

All of these herbal remedies represent alternative approaches to your health by promoting healing and strengthening your body. These nonconventional methods can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine, but may have side effects. In addition, drug interactions are possible. Whenever you are using any kind of herbal or alternative therapy, you should always discuss it with your doctor.   ~Thanks to Love to know herbs for the excerpt~

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