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Hot and spicy: interior warming Chinese medicinal herbs

9 Apr

Hot and spicy: interior warming Chinese medicinal herbs

Herbs that can “warm the interior” belong to a category of Chinese medicinal herbs used to treat various internal cold syndromes and their associated symptoms. Most of the herbs in this category are widely used culinary spices and traditionally consumed in winter for their warming properties.

  • Fu Zi and Wu Tou (Aconite Root)
  • Gan Jiang (Dried Ginger)
  • Rou Gui (Chinese Cinnamon Bark)
  • Wu Zhu Yu (Evodia Fruit)
  • Xi Xin (Chinese Wild Ginger)
  • Hua Jiao (Sichuan Pepper)
  • Gao Liang Jiang (Lesser Galangal Rhizome)
  • Ding Xiang (Clove)
  • Hu Jiao (Black Pepper)
  • Bi Ba (Long Pepper)
  • Xiao Hui Xiang (Fennel Seed)

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Therapeutic wisdom in traditional Chinese medicine

8 Jan

Therapeutic wisdom in traditional Chinese medicine

Western medicine researchers are increasingly focusing their attention on the development of drugs from traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. This is frequently achieved by identifying the active ingredients and their pharmacological actions. Yet the scientific evaluation of such herbs sometimes fails to replicate their clinical efficacy. How can this be explained and how can Chinese medicine research be improved? (more…)

The king of bitters: andrographis paniculata

17 Sep

The king of bitters: andrographis paniculata

Andrographis paniculata (chuan xin lian) is a Chinese medicinal herb commonly indicated for the relief of cold and flu symptoms, inflammation, gastritis and upper respiratory tract infections. It is known for its potent anti-inflammatory and broad-spectrum anti-microbial actions.

Here we examine one ‘over the counter’ patent medicine formulation consisting of three herbal extracts:

  • Andrographis paniculata leaf, dry extract (120mg)
  • Taraxacum mongolicum herb, dry extract (60mg)
  • Isatis tinctoria root, dry extract (60mg)

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