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Ten Essential Chinese Herbs
By Peter Games, L. Ac.

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Chinese angelica root improves overall blood circulation. It benefits female reproductive health, such as difficult or irregular menstruation, and has been shown in clinical studies to be effective in relieving menstrual pain. It is beneficial for menopausal signs and symptoms. It also stimulates the immune system and boosts energy. Clinical studies have shown its effectiveness in treating coughing and wheezing and also in treating insomnia. Chinese angelica root has been effective in treating various skin disorders in clinical studies, as well.

Boise, Idaho Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine - TurmericTurmeric, in addition to being an ingredient in curry, boasts among its benefits relieving pain and reducing swelling. Turmeric has a marked anti-inflammatory effect throughout the body and also lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Fleeceflower root rejuvenates, maintains youthfulness, and increases energy. It also nourishes hair and teeth, and is viewed in China as a sexual tonic. The Chinese name of this herb, He Shou Wu, literally translates to “black haired Mr. He”, referring to its ability to slow the aging process and even prevent or reverse prematurely gray hair. It has also been shown in clinical studies to treat insomnia.

Astragalus is an herb which is best known for stimulating the immune system. It strengthens debilitated patients and increases resistance to disease. Astragalus increases circulation and energy and also benefits digestion. Astragalus enhances immune system function and has been shown in clinical studies to prevent common colds, flu, and upper respiratory tract infections. It has also been associated with an obvious rise in white blood cell counts in patients with low white blood cell counts.

Wild mint is a Chinese herb with a cool temperature. Mint can be helpful if taken in the initial stages of a common cold and it has been shown in clinical research to have an antibiotic effect. It can be beneficial for many types of itchy or painful skin conditions when applied topically due to its ability to decrease inflammation and increase local blood circulation. It has also been shown in clinical studies to successfully treat high fevers.

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs of Boise - TangerinesTangerine peel improves digestive and respiratory function. Therefore, it is indicated in cases of abdominal fullness or distension, as well as upset stomach or diarrhea. It also reduces inflammation and increases cardiac output. In clinical studies, it has been helpful in treating chronic bronchitis and in dissolving gallstones. Due to its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been shown in clinical studies to help in treating first and second degree burns.

Honey is helpful in relieving dry cough and has shown antibiotic effects in raw form. It is also helpful in relieving constipation.

Licorice root demonstrates marked anti-inflammatory effects, making it applicable for inflammation, edema, or arthritis. It has been effective in clinical studies in treating peptic ulcers. It also boosts immune system function and helps stop muscle spasms and cramps. It has detoxifying properties and can be helpful in treating some types of drug poisoning and food poisoning. Lastly, it also helps to relieve cough and pain.

Although these and other herbs can be very beneficial in treating a wide variety of disorders, when taking any supplements or herbs, it is best to seek the advice of a physician and/or a certified herbalist in order to understand dosage, herb-drug interaction, and any contraindications.


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