5 Chinese Herbal Medicines to Make You Healthy

China is one of the world’s oldest medical systems and has been using traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), for centuries to prevent or heal disease. Approximately 8200 wild plant known medicinal species are used in traditional Chinese medicines or by drug manufacturing companies. Most of these medicinal plants grow in the mountains or desert areas of China.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an incredibly complex system used to heal & balance health. For treatment, it uses ingredients including herbs, fruits, and pulses that have great health benefits.

Here’s our pick of the top 5 herbs used as Chinese herbal medicines:

1) Ginseng: This gnarled rhizome is one of the best known among the Chinese herbs.

· Ginseng means “human root” because the shape resembles a human body. It has two popular varieties- Asian and American types — Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius. The American ginseng is thought to cultivate relaxation, while Asian ginseng is considered more stimulating

· Reduce inflammation, boost immunity, brain function, and energy levels

· Improve Erectile Dysfunction

· Potential Benefits Against Cancer

· Lower Blood Sugar


2) Ginkgo biloba: Also known as maidenhair, this tree is native to China that has been found useful for a variety of uses past thousands of years.

· It contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, known for strong antioxidant effects

· Reduce inflammation

· Improves blood circulation and heart health

· Reduces Symptoms of Psychiatric Disorders and Dementia

· Support Vision and Eye Health

· Treat Headaches and Migraines

3) Echinacea: Also known as American Cone Flower/ Black Sampson/ Black Susans, is an anti-viral, an antibacterial herb that has been linked to many health benefits.

· Reduced inflammation

· Improved immunity

· Lower blood sugar levels

· Fight off flu and help manage anxiety

· Benefit for upper respiratory infections

4) Cinnamon: According to traditional Chinese medicine, the branches and bark of this tropical tree are found to have many health benefits.

· High in antioxidants

· Increases circulation

· Heals and prevents rheumatoid arthritis

· Its mild anti-viral and antibiotic property helps avoid flu and cold

· Act as a mild antidepressant

5) Elderberry: Elderberry, also called Jie Gu Mu is a perfect winter ingredient that is rich in antioxidants and high in Vitamins A, B, and C.

· Acts as a natural immune booster

· Low-calorie food packed with antioxidants

· Primarily used in treatment for symptoms associated with the flu and common cold

· Treats kidney problems, minor skin conditions, joint & muscle pain

· High in vitamin C. High in dietary fiber.

· A good source of phenolic acids, flavonols & rich in anthocyanins

Final Thoughts:

If you are interested in exploring the health benefits of traditional Chinese herbs mostly importantly, consult with a TCM practitioner, as they can recommend a personalized combination of herbs, called a formula that can help you address your specific needs.

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