Kannaway's East Asian Herbal Formulas formulas are specific herbal formulations that have been handed down for centuries through a family line of doctors, and which were once only available to the royal families of East Asia. What makes the formulas special and truly powerful is not the individual herbs, but the wisdom of how to combine those herbs and the special extraction methods to create a truly balanced formula that works optimally with the body.
These formulas have been renowned throughout the centuries because they are some of the most powerful and safest ways to rebalance your body’s chi, which in eastern medicine is the vital energy that is necessary to live. The ability to rebalance chi at its root level allows for increased and proper flow. These formulas are said to rebalance your chi, allowing your body to function properly.
In eastern medicine, Chi is the main source of energy of all life. Chi flows along pathways in the body called meridians and is stored in major organs. When chi is disrupted, blockages are created and the body manifests pain or disease. This disruption can be due to many things, such as stress, injury, surgery diet, toxins, overuse and aging.
When chi is strengthened and flows in a balanced way it creates an immediate positive cycle. Balanced chi leads to increased strength and proper chi flow throughout the channels of the mind and body. This positive cycle enables the mind and body to work at their optimal state, thereby promoting ultimate health, youthfulness and longevity.
Schizonepeta Tenuifolia is better known as Japanese catnip.Schizonepeta Tenuifolia is a medicinal herb and is a traditional asian remedy (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese) known to possibly assist symptoms for the common cold and allergic skin eruptions.
Schizonepeta Tenuifolia herb has been in traditional Chinese medicine for many centuries now and it is classified as a potent herb due to its anti itch properties.
This herb has a rather pleasing smell emitting from its beautiful lavender flowers.
The entire plant is used for its therapeutic properties and is harvested during the autumn and winter seasons.
The Chinese name of Schizonepeta Tenuifolia herb is ‘hyonggae’ in Korean.
In the practice of ancient Chinese medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that the human body becomes unbalanced due to many factors: heat and cold are just some of them. These affect the balance of the body’s systems and thus taking herbal remedies and herbal formulas such as Schizonepeta Tenuifolia and other herbs can return the body back to a more balanced state of being.
Schizonepeta Tenuifolia may help with:
The common cold
To treat high fevers
Heavy menstrual periods
The Schizonepeta Tenuifolia herb was also known to possibly aid in skin disorders including eczema, allergic rashes to treat skin illnesses, cure wounds and reduce inflammation.
Schisandra fruit has been used for healing in traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 2,000 years.
Schisandra is a vine that grows in northeast China, Russia and Korea. The vine contains tiny, red berries, which are sun-dried and used medicinally. Its Chinese name comes from the fact that its berries possess all five basic flavors: salty, sweet, sour, pungent (spicy), and bitter (wu wei zi, meaning “five taste fruit”).
Schisandra fruit is one of the many traditional Chinese herbs recommended for coughs and physical exhaustion among other things. It also has a long history as a tonic herb to improve mental and physical health and well-being.
Schisandra Fruit is a powerful adaptogen. This means that they may help you adapt to your environment allowing you to better handle stress, whether mental or physical. An adaptogen is used as an overall wellness tonic. It is said to be beneficial to the whole body. Like any adaptogen, Schizandra fruit may have a normalizing effect on the entire body. It may help to take you from any extreme back to a balanced state. In China, it is said to be the most protective of all herbs and plants.
Many people take this herb to increase energy Wu Wei Zi may possibly increase your energy by stimulating the central nervous system without making you nervous like caffeine would. But since it’s an adaptogen, it may also calm the nervous system when facing stress. It is especially popular with athletes as it is said to boost nitric oxide levels in the body. It may help with fighting fatigue as well, making it even more beneficial.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a sweet and soothing herb that has been used in food and as medicine for thousands of years.
Licorice, Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a purple and white flowering perennial, native of the Mediterranean region and central and southwest Asia.
It is cultivated widely for the sweet taproot that grows to a depth of four ft (1.2 m).
Licorice supplements are made from the roots (which are brown on the outside and yellow on the inside) and underground stems of the plant.
Hippocrates named the herb glukos riza, or sweet root and it is known to be 50 times sweeter than sugar.
The medicinal benefits of licorice root have been studied extensively, and its use in traditional medicine is well documented.
Licorice root has been used in both Eastern and Western medicine because it may help to to treat a variety of illnesses, ranging from the common cold to liver disease.
Licorice Root may help as:
An expectorant, helpful in the treatment of upper respiratory tract catarrh. A demulcent, commonly used as a component of many medicinal syrups and drops providing relief to a sore throat and for coughs. A soothing, coating agent, An expectorant, meaning it may help get rid of phlegm. Licorice Root is also known to contain powerful anti-bacterial properties that may help to purify, decongest, and detoxify the skin.
Cinnamomum Camphora Essential Oil is extracted from camphor trees that are more than 50 years in age but can often grow as old as a thousand years.
This tree is found mainly in tropical regions of Asia and in different parts of South America.
The camphor oil is extracted using the steam distillation method of extraction from the woods and roots of the camphor tree.
Today, using advanced distillation techniques, three different types of camphor essential oil are produced- white, yellow, and brown.
The yellow and the brown camphor oil contain a toxic substance called safrole and hence only white camphor is used for medicinal and aromatic purpose.
Cinnamomum Camphora Essential Oil History:
In China and Japan, Cinnamomum camphora Essential Oil was used as a deodorant and in embalming.
Camphor wood was used to build ships and temples because of the woods durable and aromatic properties.
Cinnamomum Camphora Essential Oil was used medicinally, such as a remedy against the plague in ancient Persia.
In the past was a culinary ingredient, and was cited in the Q’ran 76:5 as a flavoring for drinks, though now an amount of 2 grams is considered toxic.
Cinnamomum Camphora Essential Oil is a natural product with many applications in traditional and modern medicines
Traditionally, camphor has been used as a cold remedy for the relief of chest congestion and the treatment of inflammation related diseases such as rheumatism, sprains, bronchitis, asthma and muscle pain. Camphor is usually prepared as a balm, oil or cream to relieve the pain and inflammation in joints and muscles.
Camphor oil, when applied on the skin produces the feeling of coolness which is related to the stimulation of nerve endings sensitive to cold. Camphor activates some of TRP (transient receptor potential) channels like TRPV1, TRPV3, TRPM8 and inhibits TRPA1, causing warm sensation, excitation and desensitization of sensory nerves, relieving the pain, itch and irritation in applied area.
Burdock Root (Arctium Lappa) has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments.
Burdock is a short biennial plant which believed to be native to Europe and Northern Asia.
In the nature, however, burdock is as a wild, easy-growing, hardy plant that can exist almost anywhere in the planet.
In Japan, popular as gobo, it has been cultivated at larger scale as a major root herb since earlier times. It is also eaten to this day as a vegetable in salads.
As a root vegetable, it possesses considerably stronger antioxidant activity than common vegetables and fruits.
In Europe, burdock root was used as a bittering agent in beer before the widespread adoption of hops for this purpose.
What is It Made Of?
Burdock consists primarily of carbohydrates, volatile oils, plant sterols, tannins, and fatty oils.
Burdock root contains inulin, a natural dietary fiber, and is also said to possibly aid in improving digestion.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), burdock is often used with other herbs because it may help with sore throat and colds.
Burdock Root may help with:
“Blood purifier” to clear the bloodstream of toxins Diuretic to help eliminate excess water by increasing urine output Topical remedy for skin problems such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis Extracts of burdock root are found in a variety of herbal preparations, as well as homeopathic remedies.
Zingiberis Officinale Root, also known as Dried ginger root has long been hailed as an important tonic for sexual potency, as evidenced by the China’s old saying “man just can’t live for 100 days straight without ginger.”
Just as its name implies, it comes from fresh ginger root by drying. Zingiberis Officinale Root was used by the ancients in China, India and other Asian countries.
In traditional Chinese Medicine Ginger root was believed to aid in:
- inducing heat to expel pathogenic cold
- increasing appetite
- alleviating symptoms of a cold
- reducing nausea
- slowing gastrointestinal motility and contraction
- helping digestion
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that this herb is acrid in flavor and hot in properties. Zingiberis Officinale Root covers meridians of spleen, stomach, heart, and lung.
Vital functions are warming spleen and stomach for dispelling cold, restoring yang and promoting coronary circulation, and warming the lung to resolve retained fluid.
Main Zingiberis Officinale Root uses and indications include:
- abdominal cold pain
- vomiting, diarrhea
- cold limbs due to yang depletion
- cold retained fluid induced dyspnea with cough
- Bi syndrome induced by wind
- cold and dampness
Cornus Fruit (Cornus officinalis) is a species of dogwood known also as Japanese cornel, Japanese cornelian cherry or Shan Zhu Yu in Chinese.
Cornus (Cornus officinalis) is native to China, Korea and Japan.
It has been used for more than 2,000 years Chinese medicine and is a herb associated with longevity.
The small Cornus fruit can also be eaten as food, either raw or cooked. They contain about 8.6% sugar and have a slightly astringent taste.
Parts of the Cornus fruit used: The ripe fruit is gathered from October to November and harvested when ripe. The fruit is then baked or boiled, after which the fruit pit is removed. Finally, the fruit is dried in the sun or baked again.
Properties & Taste It is made into a slightly warm yin tonic and classified as having a sour taste.
Meridians Cornus is strongly associated with the liver and kidney.
In the term of Traditional Chinese Medicine Cornus Fruit may help with:
- May stabilize the kidneys.
- May help to retain Jing. (In the Chinese system of health, yin aspects must be kept in balance with yang aspects.)
- May stops excessive sweating.
- May tonify and augment both the liver and kidneys.
Aucklandia root has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian herbal healing.
Aucklandia Root is also known as costus or Mu Xiang, which, literally translated, means “wood aroma.”
Aucklandia is the root of the plant Saussurea costus and an endemic found only high altitude area in China.
Thanks to its extraordinary medicinal uses on activating Chi energy flow, it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs in China and most recently it has been used in Western aromatherapy.
Aucklandia Root may help to activate the flow of Chi and relieve pain
Stuck or blocked Chi is the root of many ailments.
Aucklandia Root is mainly used for the treatment of diseases caused by blocked Chi (for example: stomachache).
It can be used alone, but most of the time combined with other herbs to achieve better results.
Aucklandia root From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine
Property: In the term of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Mu Xiang is acrid, bitter, warm. The channels Mu Xiang influences are Gallbladder, LI, Spleen, Stomach.
Aucklandia root may help with:
In the term of TCM, Mu Xiang:
1: May promote movement of Chi thus may alleviate pain.
2: May adjust and regulate stagnant Chi in intestines.
3. May strengthen spleen and prevent stagnation.
Astragalus Root is also called huang qi or milk vetch.
It comes from a type of bean or legume that grows in the northern and eastern parts of China, as well as in Mongolia and Korea.
While there are multiple species of Astragalus, most Astragalus supplements contain Astragalus membranaceus.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine: This herb may help with multiple health benefits for multiple conditions, including acting as a cardio-tonic that lowers blood pressure and blood sugar.
Astragalus is called an adaptogen, meaning it may help protect the body from physical, mental, or emotional stress and seems to work by stimulating the immune system.
Astragalus Root has antioxidant effects that may inhibit free radical production. Free radical reactions damage cells and are expected to produce progressive adverse changes that accumulate with age throughout the body.
Astragalus Root may also help with: Removing surface impurities while detoxifying and purifying the skin
Raising chi to lift and tighten skin Improving nutrient absorption and increasing energy.
Green tea (Camellia sinesis) originated in China for medicinal purposes, and its first recorded use was 4,000 years ago.
By the third century, it became a daily drink and cultivation and processing began.
Today, China has hundreds of different types of green teas. Other producers of green tea include India, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.
Antioxidants in Green Tea
By one estimate, green tea has 10 times the amount of antioxidants found in fruits and veggies. Antioxidants are substances that fight free radicals and protect the skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage.
Many scientists believe that free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as the development of a number of health problems.
Green Tea may help with:
In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea because it may help as a stimulant, a diuretic (to help rid the body of excess fluid), an astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health.
Antioxidants, such as polyphenols in green tea, impart vitamins and nutrients that may slow down the aging process and calm the skin.
Other traditional uses of green tea include the possibility of enhancing the ability of the body to burn fat and improving mental alertness and thinking.
Korean Ginseng root (Panax ginseng) is one of the most widely used and acclaimed herbs in the world.
Korean ginseng has had a long and illustrious history as an herb for health, and has been used for thousands of years throughout the Orient as a medicine and tonic.
Early Chinese medicine texts written in the first century a.d. mention ginseng, and ginseng has long been classified by Chinese medicine as a “superior” herb. This means it is said to promote longevity and vitality.
In traditional Chinese medicine philosophy, Korean ginseng root is said to encourage Yang energy, increase blood supply, improve circulation, revitalize, relieve stress and help recovery from illness.
Korean ginseng grows on moist, shaded mountainsides in China, Korea, and Russia. It is a perennial herb that reaches heights of two or more feet, and is distinguished by its dark green leaves and red clusters of berries.
The root of the plant is the part valued for its medicinal properties.
Korean ginseng has historically been one of the most expensive of herbs, as it has been highly in demand in China and the Far East for centuries.
Because of the number of herbs sold under the name of ginseng, there can be some confusion for the consumer. Korean ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family of plants, which also includes closely related American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius ) and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus ).
Both American and Siberian ginseng are considered by Chinese herbalists to be different herbs than Korean ginseng, and are said to have different effects and healing properties in the body.
General use of Korean Ginseng
The word panax is formed from Greek roots meaning “cure-all,” and Panax ginseng has long been considered to be one of the great healing and strengthening herbs in natural medicine.
Ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, which is a substance that may help the body adapt to stress and balance itself without causing major side effects.
For skin and body care, Korean Ginseng Root is said to:
Contain powerful anti-bacterial properties that may increase chi and circulation to the dermal layers May provide essential nourishment to skin cells to help purify the skin
For Detox purposes, Korean Ginseng Root may help with the following:
May have positive and balancing effects on the Gastrointestinal Tract.
May strengthen and harmonize the digestive organs in order to regulate appetite and alleviate systems of an upset stomach and abdominal distention.
May increase circulation.
May affect various types of prolapse, including the stomach and rectum.
May generate and distribute fluids.
May have anti-stress properties that provide a calming effect on the mind.
May have an effect on balancing both the central and peripheral nervous systems.
May have an immunological effect.
May have a balancing effect on the cardiovascular system.
May have a metabolic effect and an effect on lipid metabolism.
The Mulberry leaf is a product of the Morus alba tree which is found throughout China and cultivated across most parts of the world.
The leaves of a mulberry tree are green and spade shaped. They are harvested in autumn and dried before being used in herbal remedies.
Medicinally it mainly refers to the dried leaves of Morus alba L., which is a plant in the family of Moraceae.
Other names of it include White Mulberry Leaf, Folium Mori, mulberry tree leaves, and many more.
it is a great source of antioxidants and is even cultivated to feed the silkworms employed in the commercial production of silk.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine
Mulberry leaf has sweet, bitter and cold properties in traditional Chinese medicine.
It has been associated with the Liver and Lung meridians, and functions to clear lung heat (which can manifest as a fever, headache, sore throat or cough).
Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have used the mulberry leaf to possibly act as a remedy for swelling and redness.
Mulberry Leaf may help with:
The mulberry leaf is said to be packed with tons of nutrition and health benefits, in particular, it is said to possibly:
Reduce inflammation Provide support to the immune system Lower abnormally high blood sugar (glucose) levels, blood pressure, and blood lipids There are those who say its secret of purifying the blood lies in the rich content of chlorophyll, which can transport abundant oxygen supply to the body while taking away the waste in blood and thus accelerate the body purification.
Ledebouriella Root also known as Fang Feng, Siler Root, Radix Ledebouriellae Divaricatae, radix saposhnikoviae divaricata, Saposhnikovia Divaricata root, and Radix Saposhnikoviae.
This is a perennial herb and plant in the family of Umbelliferae.
Ledebouriella Root is mainly produced in various regions of northern China.
The Ladebouriella Root is cut into small pieces, dried, and then used in herbal preparations.
Fang Feng, translates to “guard against wind” and is classified as a herb that may help in the treatment of illnesses caused by the wind or wind-dampness that can cause pain and spasm.
Ledebouriella Root (Saposhnikoviae Root) may also help to:
Harmonize the intestines Alleviate gas and bloating Reduce tenesmus (that feeling that you’re not done going to the bathroom)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that the Arborvitae tree is the favor from nature and the Biota seed is used medicinally.
Biota seeds are native to China and contain large amount of fatty oils, small amount of essential oil, and saponins.
The biota seed is used in Chinese healing and is also known as Bai Zi Ren. It refers to the kernel of Platycladus orientalis (L.) Franco or more commonly called in English, the seed of Oriental arborvitae
Also, it is one common type of artificial dwarf arborvitae used as landscape trees in China, which frequently grows along walkways.
When cultivated, biota produces vast quantities of seeds. Both the seeds and branches are used in healing.
In terms of traditional Chinese medicine, biota seed is not to be confused with biota leaf (ce bai ye).
Biota seed In Chinese herbalism
Traditional Chinese medicine holds the view that Biota seeds are sweet and neutral in nature and cover meridians of Heart, Kidney, and Large Intestine.
The Biota seeds are usually used as a sedative, and are often a component of various shen, or spirit, tonics to nourish the heart and calm the spirit.
Biota seed may help with:
Angelica is a genus of plants in the parsley family used in both Western healing and traditional Korean, Chinese and Japanese medicine. Usually the dried root is used medicinally. There are at least 10 species of angelica used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The most frequently used species is A. sinensis, which in Chinese is called dong quai (alternate spellings are dang gui, tang kwei, and tang gui ).
Other Chinese species include A. pubescens, called in Chinese du huo, and A. dahurica, called in Chinese bai zhi.
Angelica root has earned a reputation as the “ultimate herb” for women.
Angelica is widely used among Chinese women as a fortifying daily tonic, much as Chinese men rely on ginseng.
Chinese angelica, or dong quai, is considered in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to regulate the female reproductive organs and treat irregularities of the menstrual cycle, especially deficient bleeding.
Chinese herbalists also use this herb because it may help to treat irregular periods, menstrual cramps, and infertility .
The root is one component of Four Things Soup, a widely used woman’s tonic in China.
Angelica (Dong quai) contains several active compounds called coumarins. These compounds are well documented as agents that may help to dilate (open up) the blood vessels, may stimulate the central nervous system, and may help control spasms.
It is possible that these compounds do act on the uterus, supporting the use of dong quai for some women’s problems.
Dong Quai is one of the best known herbs in China, and is one of the traditional Chinese herbs that is increasingly familiar in the West.
Angelica (Dong Quai) may also help with:
Angelica Root may help with skin and body care by providing deep hydration and reducing the signs of aging Acting also as a natural astringent, Angelica root may help with clearing pores of excess oil and dirt
The Jujube seed is primarily known as a herb that may aid in stress-relief by nourishing the heart and calming the spirit.
Jujube seed (Suan Zao Ren) is native to China and the jujube tree has been cultivated in Asia since 4,000 years ago.
The amazing medicinal uses of Suan Zao Ren, also known as sour jujube seed in English-speaking countries, were recorded very early on the “Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic”.
This Chinese herb was placed in the top-grade category thanks to the believed healing properties of settling five Zang viscera, losing weight, and prolonging life.
Jujube Seed may help with:
Properties: In the term of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Jujube seed or Suan Zao Ren is sweat, neutral. The meridians Suan Zao Ren influences are Heart, Spleen, Liver, Gallbladder.
In the term of TCM, Suan Zao Ren may help to:
1: Nourish the Heart Yin, Tonify Liver Blood, Quiet the Spirit.
2: Prevents Abnormal Sweating.
The Goji berry, also called the wolfberry, is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub that’s native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia.
The goji berry has been used for thousands of years in Asia, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.
Goji berries are also used to increase longevity and as a general health strengthening tonic by the people of Tibet.
Goji Berry may help with:
enhancing immune function improving circulation and eyesight protecting the liver and increasing sperm production Goji Berries have also been known to possibly assist in:
a feeling of well being and calmness better athletic performance quality of sleep weight loss While some claim that the goji berry is a fountain of youth, we do know that they are full of nutrients.
This bright red berry not only contains extremely high levels of antioxidants but also contains vitamins that can keep the body healthy.
The Longan fruit, closely allied to the lychee, has been used for medical purpose as early as the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE).
Both longan fruit and lychee make a name of themselves for their unique flavor. While it is generally acknowledged that lychee is much tastier, when it comes to medicinal properties, the longan fruit is believed to be the better of the two.
What is Longan fruit?
Medicinally it mainly refers to the aril of Dimocarpus longan Lour. or Euphoria Longan (Lour.) Steud., which is a plant in the family Sapindaceae.
Hence, other names of it include Long Yan, Longan Aril, Arillus Longan, Longan Flesh, dragon eyes, and Gui Yuan.
In China it is primarily produced in Guangdong, Fujian, Taiwan, Guangxi and other places.
It is normally picked in the summer when the fruits become mature.
Then it needs to get through a few more steps before the use – shell and pit removed, dried in the sun, and stored in dry place.
Longan Fruit In Traditional Chinese Medicine
It is believed among the Chinese people that Longan is a potent tonic herb that just luckily happens to be delicious.
Most famously, Longan is thought to be a wonderful nutrient tonic for the skin.
Women love to eat Longan, fresh, dried or as tea, to support their beauty from within.
According to modern research, fresh longan is not only sweet and refreshing in taste but also with very high nutritional value – containing abundant high carbohydrate, proteins, amino acids, vitamins B, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, tartaric acid, adenine, etc.
Longan fruit (Euphoria Longan) may help with:
alleviating cognitive losses improving memory invigorate the heart and spleen have a calming effect on the nervous system It cannot be denied that longan fruit advantages are enormous.
Artemisia is used medicinally, especially in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditional medicine. It is also used as an herb to flavor food.
In Korea, mugworts were also used for plain, non-medicinal consumption; in South Korea, mugworts, called ssuk, are still used as a staple ingredient in many dishes including rice cakes and soup.
The plant known as artemisia is also called wormwood in the traditional herbal literature.
This herb is a bushy perennial shrub that combines a variety of species (up to 400) and belongs in the Asteraceae family (daisies).
Artemisia is found in the wild in the forest of East Asia. It is native to the island of Taiwan, the Japanese islands and the northern parts of the People’s Republic of China.
Artemisia is valued for the volatile oils and specific odor that is used in different processes.
The broken tips of this mildly aromatic herb is used by herbalists.
In ancient China and Japan, Mugwort was hung in open doorways to exorcise the spirits of disease. The ancient Europeans did the same to ward off evil spirits.
For beer connoisseurs, Mugwort was once the staple ingredient in beer before Hops became the norm.
Artemisia may help with:
The broken pieces cut from the top of the plant are used to prepare a wide range of herbal medications used in traditional medicine as:
a sedative an anti-inflammatory agent a cardiac stimulator Artemisia may also help with:
gastrointestinal disorders fever irregular menstruation loss of appetite improve memory for the restoration of declining mental function
Poria Cocos, also called Fu Ling, is a famous Chinese herb.
Poria cocos has been used medicinally for about 2,000 years for it’s wide range of uses.
Tradition Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that this herb is sweet and tasteless in flavor and neutral in properties.
It covers meridians of heart, lung, spleen, and kidney.
As a result, this herb is commonly used in not only many clinical formulas but also the production of numerous Chinese patent medicines.
What’s more, thanks to its amazing health benefits, it was once used to make a variety of delicacies and snacks for the enjoyment of all members of the royal family.
What is Poria?
The Poria Cocos herb refers to the sclerotium poriae cocos, a fungus in the family Polyporaceae.
This herb has a few other common names, such as Indian buead, China root, Fu Ling Pi, tuckahoe, Fu Shen, hoelen, and so on.
As a matter of fact, this is a white fungus on wood, in particular on the roots of Japanese red pine and masson pine in the Pinaceae family.
Today it is wild or cultivated, mainly produced in Yunnan, Anhui, Hubei, Henan, Sichuan and other places in China.
The Poria cocos fungus
Poria cocos fungus has long been used medicinally in China, especially in the southern regions.
Since ancient times people there are accustomed to grind it into powder as medicine or for health care by consuming it on daily basis.
However, then very few family could afford it due to the expensive production cost.
Fortunately it is a different story now. Today this herb is so economical and practical that everyone is entitled its many benefits.
Poria Cocos may help with:
Percolating dampness and disinhibiting water
Strengthening the spleen and stomach
Tranquilizing heart and soothe the nerves
The Cassia seed (also known as Jue Ming Zi) comes from the cassia, an annual plant that grows in tropical zones. Cassia seeds come in a variety of colors that vary from greenish brown to dark brown and yellowish red, with a smooth glossy surface.
In the term of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the Cassia seed is sweat, bitter, salty, and slightly cold.
The channels Jue Ming Zi is said to influence are Liver and Large Intestines.
The Chinese have taken cassia seed since ancient times as a daily tea to help promote clear vision.
Cassia Seed when used in traditional Chinese medicine may help to:
Benefit vision Reduce hypertension Relieve constipation by unblocking the vowels The Cassia seed is also said to be used to possibly relieve itchy, red eyes in a patient that is suffering from cold and flu symptoms.
They may also help to treat red, painful eyes that are sensitive to light, excessively tearing up, and causing a headache.
Codonopsis, also known as Dang Shen, refers to the roots of Codonopsis pilosula, utilized primarily as a substitute for ginseng (Panax ginseng). Codonopsis root is no stranger to most Chinese since this herb is a common ingredient in the everyday recipes of soups and steamed dishes.
In China, Codonopsis root is a major tonic for nourishing the vitality and one of the adaptogenic herbs; which as a group is believed to strengthen your ability to defend against high levels of stress, anxiety, trauma and fatigue.
Stress is becoming more common these days and ongoing stress can cause a number of health problems.
What is Dang Shen?
Codonopsis is a genus in the family Campanulaceae and a perennial herb.
There are about 40 Codonopsis species worldwide, among which 39 species can be found in China.
In addition, 21 of them and 4 varieties can be used medicinally.
Codonopsis Root In Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Codonopsis root is sweet and neutral in properties.
It is the root of this adaptogenic herb that is used for making herbal tinctures and teas.
This plant is said to have excellent qualities that may help with a number of health problems.
Based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this herb goes to lung and spleen meridians, as well as a digestive aid targeted towards the stomach.
It was used along with ginseng to create a tonic that helped replenish one’s qi.
Codonopsis Root may help with:
Invigorate lung-qi and spleen-qi nourish blood promote the generation of body fluid