Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi)

Details of Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi – Ganoderma)
Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is a hard woody mushroom that has a shiny finish.

Alternative Names

  • Ganoderma
  • Reishi
  • Ling Zhi
  • yeongji
  • 靈芝

Much has been written about the power, the glory, the magnificence of reishi mushroom. One classic text (Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing) says:

Long term consumption [of ling zhi] will lighten the body and prevent aging, extend one’s life, and [make one an] immortal.

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Astragalus and Siler Formula (Yu Ping Feng San)

Details of Astragalus and Siler Formula

Astragalus root is all about immunity, but that includes skin functions too.

Notes: This formula’s name suggests that, like a screen door, good air can pass through, but insects remain outside. This formula isn’t about repelling insects exactly, but it is about forming a screen to keep out other problems carried by the wind.

It also promotes appropriate skin functions such as sweating. If you sweat inappropriately, and have more than four colds or flus per year, this is a great formula for you. Continue reading »

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Chrysanthemum Powder to be Taken with Green Tea (Ju Hua Cha Tiao San)

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The lovely "mum" is a popular and delicious cooling herb.

Alternative Names

  • Ju Hua Cha Tiao San

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Xanthium Powder (Cang Er Zi San)

Details of Xanthium Powder
Cang Er Zi is nature's Dristan

Cang Er Zi is nature's Dristan

Alternative Names

  • Cang Er Zi San

This formula contains three ingredients that are very aromatic and open the nose and sinuses.

The fourth herb is aromatic too, but minty too. After all, it is mint.

This formula would be better in powdered form than capsules. It is very aromatic and thus much better therapeutically to taste than to hide in capsules. Think of it as a cup of Vick’s Mentholatum tea.

If this formula is being considered in the treatment of a sinus headache, you may also want to look at another formula that is used for stuffy nose headaches due to the common cold. It is called Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San.

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Cnidium and Tea Formula (Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San)

Details of Cnidium and Tea Formula

Chuan Xiong root has a heady aroma that clears the head.

Alternative Names

  • Tea-Blended Szechwan Lovage Powder
  • Tea-Blended Sichuan Lovage Powder
  • Ligusticum Chuanxiong Powder to be Taken with Green Tea
  • chuan xiong cha diao san
  • chuan xiong cha tiao san
  • chuan chiung cha tiao san
  • senkyu tyatyo san
  • senkyuchachosan
  • Senkyū-chachō-san
  • 川きゅう茶調散
  • せんきゅうちゃちょうさん
  • TJ124; TJ-124; TJ 124

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Stephania and Astragalus Combination (fang ji huang qi tang)

Details of Stephania and Astragalus Combination
Astragalus helps the body excrete fluids for swollen tissues.

Astragalus helps the body excrete fluids for swollen tissues.

Alternative Names

  • fang ji huang qi tang
  • fang yi huang qi tang
  • Fangji and Astragalus Decoction
  • fang chi huang chi tang
  • boi ogi to

Benefits

  • helps to astringe sweat in those who sweat very easily – sometimes for no reason
  • regulates fluid metabolism in those with a tendency toward edema or obesity
  • promotes fluid circulation in the knees and intestines.
  • promotes joint health, especially in the knees
  • supports

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Lonicera and Forsythia Formula (Yin Qiao San)

Details of Lonicera and Forsythia Formula

Honeysuckle flower - so pretty - but tough on infections!

Alternative Names

  • yin qiao san
  • yin chiao san
  • gingyo san

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