Mai Men Dong and Gou Qi Zi

Simple formula to moisten and relax. Mai Men Dong Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi)   This is a simple “formula” to moisten the skin and moisten the lungs. The skin is thought to be connected to the lungs and so these two herbs can help the intestines because they are considered an extension of the…

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Yuan Zhi Single Herb

I am offering Yuan Zhi as a single herb. It is a beautiful herb that also grows in North America. It is mostly used for mental “fogginess” and helps clear the thought process. My translation of it is “Far-Away Mind”. Yuan is a common word for far away. One can ask on the street “Bu Yuan?”…

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Jiao Gu Lan Gynostemma

Jiao Gu Lan Gynostemma pentaphyllum also known as Dungkulcha, Fairy Herb, Ginseng du Sud, Gynostemma, Gynostemma pedatum, Gynostemma pentaphyllum, Herbe de l’Immortalité, Immortality Herb, Jiao Chu Lan, Miracle Grass, Penta Tea, Planta Tea. This is an interesting herb. I can’t say I’m a big fan of it, having taking it and not having the miracle I…

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Ren Shen Ginseng

Known as: Radix Ginseng Ginseng Root Asian Ginseng Root Panax Powerfully tonifies Yuan Qi Extreme collapse of Qi or abandoned conditions that manifest in shallow breathing, shortness of breath, cold limbs, profuse sweating and an almost imperceptible pulse (after blood loss, overly profuse sweating, or other problems related to severe fluid loss – it can…

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He Shou Wu polygonum multiflorum

He Shou Wu (Polygoni Multiflori Radix) hé shǒu wū (何首乌, flowery knotweed) Also known as Fo-Ti root (or Fo-Ti-Tieng). Legend has it that this helped a  Mr. Wu’s grey hair turn to black. Black, of course, being the color of Chinese hair. Thus it is often taken by older persons. In addition to being found in many gentle tonification formulas…

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Single Herb Huang Bai – Cortex Phellodendri

Huang Bai 黃栢 amur cork tree bark, huang bo, phellodendron bark Cortex Phellodendri Supports healthy fluid metabolism in the lower portion of the body (“dries dampness”). Also “clears heat” which is to say regulates the inflammatory response often indicated by the presence of swollen, red joints. In Chinese medicine, this heat can also be expressed…

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Single Herbs Zhi Mu – Rhizoma Anemarrhenae

Zhi Mu 知母 anemarrhena rhizome Rhizoma Anemarrhenae Asphodeloidis This herb removes “deficiency heat” which is like saying that a car is overheating due to a lack of radiator fluids. When the body lacks fluids, it gets hot. Zhi Mu targets that particular kind of heat, especially when associated with intimate dryness or excessive thirst.

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Single Herb Huang Lian – Rhizoma Coptidis

Huang Lian 黃蓮 coptis rhizome Rhizoma Coptidis This is a very bitter (and orange colored) herb. The bitter flavor is said to make things descend. Huang Lian “dries damp” and “clears heat”. Damp-heat is considered an especially unclean environment that is conducive to the growth of parasites, bacteria and other unclean entities. In the same…

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Single Herb Hu Po – amber Succinum

Hu Po 琥珀 amber Succinum This is petrified tree sap (amber). This is a very calming herb and we also use it for parasites.  Tree sap is very sticky and can easily surround and engulf bugs and parasites. This heavy sticky quality of Hu Po calms and engulfs the parasites so they can be pulled away from tissue walls…

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Single Herb Wu Mei – Mume Fructus

Wu Mei 烏梅 mume fruit Mume Fructus This smoked plum is famous for its anti-parasitic functions. In fact, it has been used for this very purpose since at least the year 200. One ancient doctor wrote that Wu Mei’s sour taste causes parasites to hide. Since then, we’ve come to refer to this action as…

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