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Commonly Used Herbs in Traditional Chinese Herbal Therapy

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Commonly Used Herbs in Traditional Chinese Herbal Therapy

Mantra Wellness Centre utilizes Chinese Herbology to help our clients treat and prevent diseases and other health issues. In many of its forms, the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine can be traced back to the second century. The use of herbs and other natural ingredients is the basis of this ancient form of medicine. There are over ten thousand medicinal herbs and other natural substances used in making remedies. Here are the most commonly used herbs in traditional Chinese herbal therapy:

Ginseng

Ginseng or renshen is prepared in many ways. It has been touted for centuries as providing many health benefits, especially in treating and preventing of inflammation, stress, excessive weight, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, sexual dysfunction, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cancer, and poor immunity. As you can see, ginseng is a powerful herbal remedy for everyone.

Ginger

Ginger or jiang has been well known for providing effective relief from nausea. Ginger is often the active ingredient in many natural motion-sickness remedies. But did you know that ginger also boosts circulation, warms the body, and even neutralizes contaminated food? Ginger is available in many forms: herbal teas, pastilles, chews, and tablets.

Rhubarb

We might think of rhubarb or dahuang as a delicious ingredient in pies and other desserts, but in Traditional Chinese Medicine, rhubarb is known as an excellent laxative. It is also frequently used to increase blood circulation, which reduces inflammatory pain. The rhubarb plant will be prepared differently depending on your need, as cooked rhubarb has reduced purgative properties.

Astragalus

It may not be a household name like rhubarb, but astragalus, or huangqi, is a popular anti-inflammatory treatment and immunity-booster. Studies show that the astragalus plant also contains properties that help reduce blood pressure, regulate or prevent diabetes, and slow down or prevent the growth of tumors. Its greatest benefit, however, is protecting cells against free radicals and other harms.

Licorice

Love it or hate it, licorice has been a flavour adored all around the world. Almost 50 times sweeter than sugar cane, it’s no wonder licorice has long been associated with candy. But did you know on top of pleasing one’s sweet tooth, licorice root also have several health benefits, primarily as an anti-inflammatory and remedy for stomach upset like nausea, heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. It is also used to treat leaky gut syndrome, adrenal fatigue, pain, premenstrual syndrome, cough, and sore throat.

Ginkgo Biloba

You may have a ginkgo tree sitting right outside your window without even realizing that it’s one of the most ancient plant species on the planet and may have even fed the dinosaurs. Featuring beautiful fan-shaped leaves, the ginkgo biloba tree has been studied all over the world. It has been proven to improve concentration and boost mental function, which may lead to reducing one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. It also fights symptoms of PMS and fights depression and anxiety. Many people also use ginkgo biloba to help improve or maintain their eye health.

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