Herbal Medicine

Infertility and unexplained infertility.

About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within a year if they have regular unprotected sex. Around 1 in 7 couples may have difficulty in conceiving. The infertility is that it is unable to conceive after a year of regular unprotected sex. Some people who fail to conceive are due to underlying conditions, while others who have no apparent medical problems still do not get pregnant. If the reasons for this is not found with standard fertility testing such as hormonal testing, scans, tubal patency tests and semen analysis, this infertility is unexplained infertility. There must be a reason that they could not conceive. No reasons are found only because there are hundreds of steps involved in the process that leads to a viable pregnancy, and if any one of these is disrupted, it may lead to infertility. The science is not advanced to monitor every step.

Chinese herbal medicines are often used to increase egg quality, uterine receptivity and sperm quality to help couples to get pregnant.

Chinese herbs are often used for infertility

Ai Ye (Mugwort Leaf), Ba Jie Tian  ( Medicinal Morinda Root ), Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes), Bai Shao (White Peony Root), Chai Hu ( Bupleuri Radix), Chi Shao (Red Peony Root), Chuan Xiong (Lovage Tuber, Rhizoma Ligustici Wallachii), Da Zao (Date), Dang Gui (Angelica root), Dang Shen (Codonopsis Pilosula), Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom). Fu Pen Zi (Chinese Raspberry), Gan Cao (Licorice Root), Gou Qi Zi (Goji Berry), Han Lian Cao (Eclipta), He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti), Hong Hua ( Safflower), Hong Jing Tian (Rhodiola Rosea), Huang Jing (Polygonatum Rhizome), Huang Qi (Astragalus Root), Ji Xue Teng (Millettia), Lian Zi(Lotus Seed), Long Yan Rou (Longan Fruit), Lu Lu Tong ( Fructus Liquidambaris ), Mu Dan Pi (Tree Peony Root Bark), Mu Xiang (Costus Root), Ren Shen (Ginseng), Rou Gui (Cinnamon Bark), Sang Ji Sheng (Mulberry Mistletoe Stems), Shan Zhu Yu (Cornus), Shan Yao (Chinese Yam), Sheng Jiang (Ginger), Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seeds), Shu Di (Processed Rehmannia Root), Tao Ren ( Peach Kernel), Tu Si Zi (Chinese Dodder Seeds), Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry), Xian Mao (Curculigo), Xiang Fu (Cyperus Rhizome), Xu Duan (Teasel Root), Yuan Zhi (Polygala Root), Ze Xie (Alisma).

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Roses have been used as tea, one of Chinese teas for thousands of years. Rose tea is made from the fragrant petals and buds of rose flowers.

 

The health benefits of rose tea are improving Qi and blood circulation, alleviating menstrual pain, antiaging effects, reducing allergic reactions, improving liver and heart health, anti inflammatory and anti arthritic effects, reducing stress, calming, soothing and anti depression, reducing fatigue, helping wound healing etc.

Goji berries are a good source of vitamins, minerals, fibers, and essential amino acids. It is good for fertility. 

Insomnia. 

Sleep is a natural state of mind and body. During sleep, most of the body’s system are in an anabolic state, the consciousness is altered, sensory activity is inhibited, muscle activity is reduced and the body interaction with surroundings is reduced. Sleep helps to restore the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems; It is also vital to maintain mood, memory and cognitive function. The internal circadian clock promotes sleep daily at night. 

If you have regular problems of sleeping, this could be a sleep disorder. Insomnia is the most common type of sleep disorder. People with insomnia find it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. They often don’t feel refreshed when they wake up from sleeping.

The symptoms of insomnia include trouble falling or staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, unrefreshing sleep. The accompanied symptoms include fatigue, mood changes, irritability, difficulty concentrating during the day.

Chinese herbs are often used for insomnia

Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes), Bai Zi Ren (Biota Seed), Da Zao(Date), Dang Gui(Dong Quai), Dang Shen (Codonopsis Pilosula), Dan Shen (Red Sage Root), Dong Chong (Cordyceps), Gan Cao (Licorice Root), Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom),  Hong Hua (Safflower), Huang Qi(Astragalus Root),  Jie Geng (Balloon Flower Root), Long Yan Rou( Longan Fruit), Mai Men Dong (Radix Ophiopogonis), Mu Xiang (Costus Root), Ren Shen (Ginseng), Sheng Jiang (Ginger), Shi Chang Pu (Acorus Root), Shu Di (Processed Rehmannia Root), Suan Zao Ren (Sour Jujube Seeds), Tao Ren (Peach Kernel), Tian Men Dong (Wild Asparagus), Wu Wei Zi (Schisandra Berry), Xuan Shen (Ningpo Figwort), Yuan Zhi(Polygala Root).

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Evening calming tea

Ingredients: Jujube, Longan Fruits, Gouqi berry and water boiled for a few minutes

This tea can help nourish blood, calm the mind and improve sleep. 

Skin conditions:

Eczema (Dermatitis). Eczema is a condition of an inflammation of the skin where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, red, blistered, dry, cracked, and rough. The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis). Atopic eczema is usually a chronic (long-term) condition. Atopic refers to the diseases involving the immune system.

The main symptoms are the inflamed skin becoming itchy, dry, cracked and sore.  There are also redness and blisters on the skin. Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread inflamed skin all over the body. It most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face. People with the condition will often experience periods of time where their symptoms flare up or worsen as well as periods of time where their symptoms will be less noticeable.

Scratching and rubbing further irritate the skin, increase inflammation, and make itchiness worse. Certain foods can trigger symptoms, such as spicy food and dairy products. Eczema can also be triggered by environmental factors like smoke and pollen.

Treatment focuses on healing damaged skin and alleviating symptoms such as reducing itchiness.

Psoriasis. As we know, skin cells grow deep in the skin and slowly rise to the surface. Eventually, they fall off. The typical life cycle of a skin cell is one month. If this process is altered, that may cause problem. For example, in people with psoriasis, this production process may occur in just a few days.

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition caused by autoimmunity that leads to the rapid build-up of skin cells. This build-up of cells causes scaling on the skin’s surface and inflammation and redness around the scales. Typical psoriatic scales are whitish-silver and develop in thick, red patches. Sometimes, these patches will crack and bleed. Scales typically develop on joints, such as elbows and knees. They may develop anywhere on the body, including the: hands, feet, neck, scale and face.

There are different types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. The most common symptoms include red, raised, inflamed patches of skin, whitish-silver scales or plaques on the red patches, dry skin that may crack and bleed, soreness around patches, itching and burning sensations around patches.

The symptoms may vary over the periods, they could be worse for some time and then clear up and even unnoticeable. They may flare up again.  

The symptoms differ from person to person. Areas of psoriasis can be as small as a few flakes on the scalp or elbow or as large as covering most of the body.

Some Chinese herbs can reduce skin inflammation and improve blood microcirculation to help reduce symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

Chinese herbs often used for skin conditions are Bai Mao Gen (Woolly Grass Rhizome), Bai Shao (White Peony Root), Bai Zhu (White Atractylodes ), Bei Sha Shen (Radix Glehniae), Bo He (Peppermint), Cang Zhu (Rhizoma Atractylodis Lancea), Chai Hu (Bupleurum Root), Che Qian Zi (Plantago Seed, or Plaintain Seed), Chi Shao (Red Peony Root),  Chuan Xin Lian (Andrographis), Dan Shen (Red Sage Root),  Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis), Di Fu Zi (Kochia Fruit), Lian Qiao (Forsythia Fruit), Ku Di Ding (Herba Violae), Fang Feng (Radix Ledeouriellae), Fu Ling (Poria Mushroom ),Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrrhizae, Licorice Root), Huang Qin (Radix Scutellaria), Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle Flower), Jing Jie (Herba Schizonepetae), Ku Shen (Redix Sophorae Flavescenti), Long Dan Cao (Chinese Gentian Root), Mu Dan Pi (Tree Peony Bark), Niu Bang Zi (Fructus Arctii), Pu Gong Ying (Dandelion), Da Huang (Rhubarb Root), Qian Cao (Madder Root), Sheng Di Huang (Raw Rehmannia Root), Tao Ren (Peach Kernel), Tong Cao (Rice Paper Pith), Tu Fu Ling(Sarsaparilla Root), Yi Yi Ren (Coix Seed), Ze Xie (Alisma), Zhi Mu (Rhizoma Anemarrhenae), Zhi Zi (Gardenia Fruit), Zhu Ye (Bamboo Leaves). 

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Three bean soup, an ancient recipe

Three bean soup, an ancient recipe from China is a famous Chinese medicine formula as well as food remedy. This formula contains three beans including small read beans, black beans, as well as green beans. It nourishes skin and helps skin problems such as spots, skin patches itchiness etc. It nourishes blood too and good for fertility and pregnancy.

Cooking methods

No1,

1, Soak equal amount of three beans which you can get from Chinese supermarkets in warm water for a couple of hours.

2, Boil the beans in plenty of water in low heat for a couple of hours.

3, It is ready to drink. You can add honey, if you have sweet tooth.

No2,

1, Soak three beans in the warm water as above.

2, Grand the mixture and boil it.

3, It is ready to drink. You can add honey, if you have sweet tooth.

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Summer tea: Chrysanthemum tea is very popular in the summer in China. It can help to clear heat, reduce inflammation and remove toxin from the body. It is good for eyes too. 

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Mint tea benefits:

Relief cold and flu symptoms, release upset stomach symptoms, release skin rashes and itchiness, sooth and calm, release tension headaches, muscle soreness and pain,release menstrual pain.

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Benefits of Barley tea. It contains vitamins along with antioxidants. Good for digestion, reducing bloating, anti-inflammatory and antiaging.