Posts Tagged ‘chinese herbs’

Use of Chinese Cinnamon; Gui Zhi & Rou Gui in Herbal Medicine

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 by Sharon Sherman

With Thanksgiving around the corner and a chill in the air, many of us are getting back in the kitchen to prepare warm, comforting food. Maybe you’re the type to spend hours perfecting a butternut squash soup recipe, or maybe you’ve just been eagerly anticipating the return of a certain cult coffee flavor. From muffins to […]

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The Use of Astragalus in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Sharon Sherman

Astragalus (huang qi) is a perennial plant native to China, Mongolia, and Korea, and is one of Chinese medicine’s 50 fundamental herbs. It is considered a strong, qi strengthening remedy, and one of its compounds might even be used to treat HIV in the near future. Though it saw a boost in popularity with the publication […]

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Treat Seasonal Allergy Symptoms with Chinese Medicine Naturally

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 by Sharon Sherman

After a long, bitterly cold winter, one of the best things to do is get outside and breathe in the sunshine. Unfortunately for many Philadelphians, the warmth of spring comes with a large helping of seasonal allergy symptoms, brought on by increased levels of dust and pollen in the air. According to the American College […]

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How Pinellia (Ban Xia) is Used in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Sharon Sherman

Pinellia is a Chinese herb from the Araceae family of flowering plants. It is native to Japan and southern China, and is often called the “green dragon” because of the color and shape of its flower. Pinellia’s long, tongue-like spadix is similar in appearance to the waxy peace lily, an ornamental plant commonly displayed in American homes. […]

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The Use of Eucommia Bark (Du Zhong) in Chinese Medicine

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 by Sharon Sherman

Eucommia (du zhong) is the bark from the hardy rubber tree, which originated in the Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Hubei provinces of central China. It is grown as an ornamental and shade tree, and can reach heights of up to 60 feet in temperate climates. To obtain the bark, small patches are peeled away from mature […]

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Gardenia (Zhi Zi) Herb: Benefits & Uses in Chinese Medicine

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Sharon Sherman

The common gardenia, or Cape Jasmine, is a popular ornamental shrub that will be familiar to many Americans. It is known for its heavily fragrant white flowers and glossy green leaves, and is common across the warmer regions of the U.S. – especially the deep South. Gardenia is native to China, Japan, and Taiwan, but […]

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Li Dong-Yuan and the Earth School in Chinese Medicine

Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Sharon Sherman

As Chinese medicine evolved, practitioners began to realize that patients did not live in a vacuum and they could not be treated as such. Every patient affected by an ailment needed to be treated individually because many factors beyond just physical disease were playing a role and required attention. For Master Li Dong-Yuan, lifestyle was […]

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Chinese Medicine’s Zhang Zi-He and The School of Attacking and Purging

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by Sharon Sherman

Like modern practitioners, the great masters of Chinese medicine learned from and were influenced by each other’s work. They were not only coming up with original conclusions but were building and refining the work of previous practitioners to form expanded ideas. Zhang Zi-He, also known as Zhang Cong Zheng, was a military physician who lived […]

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Treating Eczema Naturally with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by Sharon Sherman

Eczema – also sometimes referred to as dermatitis – is a common skin condition marked by an itchy red rash that can appear in skin folds around the knees, elbows or neck. Children commonly suffer from eczema, but studies have also shown the condition to be widespread in adults – with recent studies showing that […]

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Ligusticum (Chuan Xiong) Chinese Herb Benefits: Treat Seasonal Change Symptoms

Monday, October 25th, 2010 by Sharon Sherman

Ligusticum wallichii (chuan xiong) is a popular herb in Chinese medicine. It is known by many names, but often referred to by Chinese medicine practitioners in the US as “Sichuan lovage root.” While the root and rhizomes have therapeutic properties, ligusticum is also used to flavor food and add fragrance to cosmetics because of its warm […]

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