Wild Ginger Plant (Xi Xin)

Medically Chinese wild ginger plant, also known as Xi Xin in Pinyin or Herba Asari in pharmaceutical Latin, is a rather controversial Chinese herb. Some, including very famous TCM doctors, think it is non-toxic and can be used in large dose, but others see things differently and believe that it shouldn’t be used more than […]

Peach Seeds (Tao Ren)

Peach seeds, also known as Tao Ren in Pinyin, are clearly the kernel of peach pits. So, what do peach seeds look like? As a matter of fact, they not only look like almonds, but also taste like almonds. As a result, many people often get them mixed up and think they are the same […]

Selenite Crystals (Shi Gao)

Selenite crystals, also known as Gypsum Fibrosum or Shi Gao in Pinyin, is not only a plaster building material, but also one of commonly used Chinese herbs. Just like Da Huang (rhubarb) and Fu Zi (aconite), it has long occupied an important position in traditional Chinese medicine thanks to its amazing healing properties for the […]

Blackberry Lily (She Gan)

Blackberry lily, also known as Belamcanda Chinensis, leopard lily, or She Gan in Pinyin, is an herb with the line of beauty. It is often cultivated for the purpose of garden landscaping or grown as ornamental potted plants. To many people’s surprise, it turns out to be also a medicinal plant and the main medicinal […]

Japanese Cornelian Cherry (Shan Zhu Yu)

Japanese cornelian cherry, also known as Japanese Dogwood or Shan Zhu Yu in Pinyin, is one of commonly used medicinal herbs in Traditional Chinese medicine. It has a long history of medicinal uses in the east, which can be found in Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (The Holy Husbandman’s classic on roots and herbs) and […]

Harmonizing Prescriptions

As its name suggests, harmonizing prescriptions treats syndromes in semi-interior and semi-exterior and syndromes of liver-spleen disharmony by harmonizing methods. As you can see, to a great extent it is mainly used for the treatment of Shao-yang disease. So, what is the reason for harmonization in herbal remedies? According to general therapeutic principle, diaphoresis is […]

Notopterygium (Qiang Huo)

Notopterygium root, also known as Qiang Huo, comes with a long history of medicinal application. First found in the “Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic”, notopterygium was listed under the item Angelica Root (Du Huo). That’s to say, these two Chinese herbs were considered to be the same thing then. And this belief didn’t change until the […]

Oyster Shells (Mu Li)

For many people, oyster shells, also known as Concha Ostreae in Latin and Mu Li in mandarin, are just something worthless that is to be disposed of. What they care about is the oyster meat since this is a seafood delicacy with tons of health benefits on digestion improvement, calcium intake, detox function, liver care, […]

Tree Peony (Mu Dan Pi)

Because main tree peony’s medicinal part is its root bark, it is also known as Mu Dan Pi in Chinese herbalism. Tree peonies purportedly originate from wild flowers grown in mountains and they were first treated as firewood by the ancestors. Later people began to take it seriously. However, to many moutan enthusiasts’ disappointment, what […]

Ephedra (Ma Huang)

Speaking of ephedra (Ma Huang), an ancient Chinese herb with over 5,000-year history, you might have heard of it if you ever spent some time on locating an effective diet pill. These days weight loss pills with ephedra are expanding the market despite of all those considerable controversy out there. As a legal drug recorded […]