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Chinese Herbs

Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been followed in different regions of the world for centuries now, is mainly based on the use of Chinese herbs. This is probably why these Chinese herbs are now gaining popularity in western countries like the United States of America, where health conscious consumers are now trying to avoid the concentration of synthetic chemicals in western medication. Hence, several progressive consumers in the west use Chinese herbs, as natural, balanced and healthy remedies for alternative healing. Chinese medicine is very different, when compared to traditional western medicine, as it promotes the balance of Yin and Yang, which are the two forces present in everything. The Chinese believe that when there is an imbalance of these forces in the body, a person suffers from various health problems.

In such cases, the strategic use of organic Chinese herbs is excellent for realigning a person’s yin and yang, thereby improving several health conditions, as well as overall wellbeing.

Since there are over 5000 different Chinese herbs and spices, out of which only 2000 are suitable for humans and therefore, it could be a bit of a challenge for anyone to identify the ones that should be used and those that should be avoided. Therefore, it is important to refer to a proper and detailed list of Chinese herbs as well as their properties and functions, before deciding to use any of them. Hence, given below are a few conditions that can be improved by using certain traditional Chinese herbs:

Chinese Herbs for Hair Loss

There are several Chinese herbs that can be beneficial for both men and women, who are suffering from hair loss problems. In Chinese medicine, traditional Chinese herbs are used mainly to increase the flow of blood to all parts of the body, including the scalp, which is good for hair loss problems. Some of the most commonly recommended Chinese herbs for hair loss include:
  • Psorlea, also known as babchi seeds, scurfy pea or bu gu zhi
  • Glycyrrhiza Glabra root extracts
  • Hei Zhi Ma, or the black sesame seed
  • Goto Kola
  • He Shou Wu, more commonly referred to, as fo ti and fleece flower root

Chinese Herbs for Infertility

It is believed that certain Chinese herbs can help increase fertility in women. This is because most women suffer from infertility problems due to hormonal imbalances. Fortunately, many of these imbalances can be address, by taking certain Chinese herbs, in consultation, with a doctor. Some of the most commonly recommended Chinese herbs for fertility include:
  • Red Raspberry Leaf, also known as Rubus Idaeus
  • He shou wu
  • Dang shen
  • Jiao gu lan
  • Shu di huang
  • Reishi mushroom
  • Tu si zi
  • Sang shen
  • Du zhong
  • Lactuca
  • Suo yang
  • Nu zhen zi

Chinese Herbs for Weight loss

Many people across the world make it a point to drink a few cups of Chinese tea, during the day, for weight loss purposes. However, there are other Chinese herbs, which can help people lose weight too, by boosting their metabolism. Some of the most commonly used Chinese herbs for weight loss purposes include:
  • Ginseng
  • Cinnamon
  • Atractylodes
  • Ginger
  • Astragalus
  • Eucommia bark
  • Epimedium
However, the success of the Chinese herbs for weight loss depends a lot on a person’s diet and exercise routine too. Moreover, it is important for people to drink a lot of water, when using Chinese herbs for weight loss purposes. There are certain side effects that have been associated with Chinese herbs and therefore, it is important to consult a doctor as well as an herbalist for recommended doses.
Submitted on January 16, 2014