For centuries Traditional Chinese Medicine has influenced people around the world with holistic health remedies. Chinese medicinal herbs can help treat a variety of different ailments from immune-related issues to skin issues and everything in between. As big believers in alternative medicine, we wanted to highlight some of our go-to herbs rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ahead, you’ll learn about their power, benefits, and more.
Ginseng has some very powerful antioxidant properties that help target and reduce inflammation. Studies have shown that ginseng can also help protect us against oxidative stress. Ginseng can also benefit the immune system by boosting immune function and preventing symptoms from recurring. In even better news, studies have shown that ginseng could enhance the effect of vaccinations against diseases.
Lingzhi, also known as Reishi, is a type of mushroom meant to benefit our overall health and longevity. For centuries, it’s been believed to help everything from high cholesterol to heart disease, to overall immunity. However, in present times, science supports that lingzhi can help fight both viral and bacterial infections. One study also supported the theory that lingzhi can benefit those living with type 2 diabetes by significantly reducing blood glucose and HbA1C levels.
For starters, goji berry is absolutely delicious, but it also benefits our health across the board. Goji berry provides a good amount of immune system support, thanks to its antioxidant properties and high levels of vitamin A and C. Another interesting benefit of goji berry is that it’s been credited with protecting our eyes. One study showed that goji berry helps protect the retina from the cells responsible for glaucoma. It also promotes healthy skin, improves digestion and sleep, prevents liver damage, and stabilizes blood sugar.
Holistic health practitioners often prescribe jujube fruit to help improve sleep and brain function. It’s also a big help when it comes to improving digestion because more than half of the carbs in jujube fruit come from fiber. Jujube fruit can also strengthen the stomach lining, which can prevent stomach ulcers from forming and harmful bacteria from spreading.
Mung beans are jam-packed with essential nutrients like potassium, zinc, magnesium, and iron to name a few. The high antioxidant levels in mung beans are also linked to reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Studies have also shown that eating one daily serving of mung beans can help lower blood LDL cholesterol levels. It’s also important to note that sprouted mung beans contain more antioxidants and amino acids than unsprouted ones.
Huang qi is available in the form of capsules, powders, liquid extracts, and teas, but often referred to as “astragalus”. It’s been shown to help increase the production of white blood cells, which help prevent illness across the immune system. Huang qi is especially helpful for reducing symptoms of the common cold and liver infections.
Aged Mandarin Peel
This peel has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of internal problems. Aged mandarin peel has the ability to reduce indigestion, chronic bloating, and gas. Another interesting thing to note is that the properties of aged mandarin peel also help rid of phlegm, which can cause severe congestion in the chest.
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