50 Ancient Chinese Herbs to Consider (41 & 42)
Ancient Civilizations 6/10/08
By: Yona Williams
When it comes to treating mumps, tonsillitis, and allergic reactions Ã¢â‚¬â€œ what traditional Chinese herbal remedy will you turn to? In this article, you will find two natural treatment options that has also proven beneficial for those battling breast cancer, urinary tract infection, and infected neck glands.
41) Forsythia suspense
Native to Asia, this flowering plant is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, which appear in thickets, cliffs, grassy regions, valleys, and gullies, where elevations reach between 300 and 2,200 meters. In the medicinal world, Forsythia suspense (also referred to as 'Lian Qiao') is used as an antidote, diuretic, laxative, anti-tussive, and tonic among other things. It is also known as a treatment for cancer.
Lian Qiao has a history in Chinese herbalism that has lasted for more than 4,000 years. With a bitter taste, the herb is considered rather pungent Ã¢â‚¬â€œ creating an antiseptic effect that has worked wonders for treating mumps, boils, and neck glands that have become infected. The fruit of this plant is a bitter astringent that stimulates the heart, nervous system, and gall bladder. Inside Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it contains vitamin P, which works towards strengthening the capillaries. Herbalists can rely on the fruit as an antidote, anti-tussive, diuretic, tonic, and laxative. Internally, it serves as a treatment for acute infectious diseases Ã¢â‚¬â€œ treating patients with ailments Ã¢â‚¬â€œ like the mumps, tonsillitis, allergic reactions, and pesky urinary tract infections.
When it comes to the flowers, you will find a decent anti-bacterial property, where the leaves make concoctions that treat ulcerated glands and hemorrhoids. Breast cancer patients may want to look into the leaves and twigs as a viable solution for their disease, while the root also serves as a remedy ingredient for other cancers, as well as the common cold, jaundice, and fever.
42) Aster tataricus
Found in sub-alpine meadows and wet places (like marshes surrounding mountains), you will find this member of the Aster genus of flowering plants in regions, such as Central and South Japan. Also known as 'ziwan,' this fundamental herb of traditional Chinese healing possesses antibacterial power known to combat the effects of E. coli, Bacillus dysenteriae, Staphylococcus aureus, B. typhi, Pseudomonas, and Vibrio Proteus.
In the world of medicine, the herb also provides antifungal, anti-tussive, and expectorant agents, as well as proves useful against cancer. This particular species of the plant has been serving human as a medicinal option for at least 2,000 years.
The root contains triterpenes and triterpene saponins, where it offers the relief of a stimulant expectorant herb to treat ailments like bronchial system. It is also good for clearing up infections. If you take the root internally Ã¢â‚¬â€œ you can combat the symptoms of tuberculosis and chronic bronchitis. Some people will mix the raw root with honey in an attempt to heighten the effect of the expectorant properties. The root is versatile and is harvested during the autumn season and is often dried for later use.
When it comes to combating cancer, it is the triterpene epifriedelinol contained in the plant that patients have shown a response to. Some folk cures for cancer will utilize the plant for this reason.