Ramulus Cinnamomi (Gui Zhi, Cinnamon Twig)

When it comes to Chinese herbs, I am afraid that there is nothing like ramulus cinnamomi cassiae, commonly known as Gui Zhi, cinnamon twig, or cassia twig, that can have such an important place in all TCM practitioners’ mind’s eye. As a matter of fact, this herb is neither rare nor expensive. So, why did […]

Gui Pi Tang (Restore the Spleen Decoction)

In fact, in traditional Chinese medicine there are about 4 herbal formulas named Gui Pi Tang, which literally means “Restore the Spleen Decoction” in Chinese. Among them, the most popular one was from Ji Sheng Fang (Formulas to Promote Well-Being), a classic Chinese medicine book compiled by Yan Yonghe (1253 A.D.). Sometimes it is also […]

Medicinal Leeches (Shui Zhi)

Medicinal leeches, also known as Hirudo Medicinalis or Shui Zhi in Pinyin, can be used as a Chinese herb after they are dried and processed. That’s to say, clinically this aquatic animal is commonly used for treating stroke, hypertension, blood stasis, amenorrhea, bruises and other ailments. Medical leech contains hirudin, which can delay and impede […]

White Mulberry (Sang Zhi)

White mulberry tree, is also known as Morus alba, is a species in Family Moraceae that grows more rapidly but has a shorter lifespan, compared to black mulberry tree and red mulberry tree. It is native to northern China and long ago has been cultivated as an important feed of sericulture and silk craftsmanship there. […]

Cinnamon Sticks (Rou Gui)

Cinnamon sticks, also known as Rou Gui in mandarin, are an essential flavoring agent in cooking in order to season the meat and vegetables. In the west, they are often ground into powder and added to coffee and milky tea too. Thanks to the unique aroma, it is also one of main sources for the […]

Reeves’ Turtle Shell (Gui Ban)

Reeves’ turtle shell, or Gui Ban herb in Mandarin, has long been characterized as one of the best yin-enriching Chinese herbs. The Tortoise Shell and Deer Antler Glue (Gui Lu Er Xian Jiao), a famous ancient recipe used for complementing both kidney yin and yang, is one of its best presences. What’s more, this herb […]

Sanguisorba Officinalis (Di Yu)

Sanguisorba officinalis is well known for its incredible performance on stopping bleeding in herbal remedies. Li Shizhen, the famous pharmacologist in the Ming dynasty, ever gave it a high recognition for its amazing medicinal value – a pound of Di Yu (radix Sanguisorbae) is better that the equivalent of precious pearl. This is a to-the-point […]

Dong Quai (Dang Gui)

Thanks to its outstanding performance on nourishing blood for regulating menstruation, dong quai is frequently used in various gynecological diseases, such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), fibroids, endometriosis, and menopause. That is also the main reason why this herb is long honored as “female ginseng” or “gynecological panacea”. In China this amazing herb is better known […]

Kaolin (Chi Shi Zhi)

If you have ever seen pink kaolin clay, also known as Chi Shi Zhi in China, probably you would be interested in its look, right? Widely as it is used in many Chinese herbal remedies, it is not an herb at all. On the contrary, it is a block-shaped edible clay mineral. Because of its […]

Skull Cap Herb (Ban Zhi Lian)

Besides of Bai Hua She She Cao (Heydyotis) and Ban Bian Lian (Lobelia), Skull Cap Herb (Ban Zhi Lian) is also one of the most popular Chinese herbs for cancer. Reported by lots of clinical data in China, these three are often combined together in treatments for a variety of tumors like breast cancer. And […]